ALERT: Stolen Instruments
Fellow Music Stores and Other Dealers:
On Thursday Dec 22nd 2016, our music store (and apparently another one ?) was the victim of a slick con artist, posing as an eye doctor having recently set up a local practice. A bald African-American, appr 40 yrs old, 5ft 8-9", wearing glasses and driving a grey Mercedes SUV; wrote a bad check for the following (now considered "Stolen") instruments:
At appr 1:00am on Thursday May 2, 2013, our music store was the victim of a “smash and grab” robbery.
• Selmer 52JBL Series II Jubilee (Black Lacquer) Alto Sax, SN N738698;
“Second Hit”: For the second time this week (10:25pm Friday May 3, 2013), our music store was the victim of a “smash and grab” robbery. WE HAVE CLEAR VIDEO, AND WILL FORWARD SCREEN SHOTS and vehicle description ASAP. Following is a list of additional inventory stolen (three new saxophones, and two used saxophones), all without cases:
Any information regarding these instruments would be sincerely appreciated. Scott Mandeville, Owner (
• Ron Wainwright, Retail Manager (
) – Tim's Music (aka Tim's Band Instrument Service)
Additional Stolen Instruments
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• Haynes Flute #43995, Call Jim Gregory, 415-332-2555, $500 reward
• On Sunday February 16, 2014, a tuba was stolen out of a car in Oakland, California. it is a Mirafone 191-4U BBb. Serial number: 9007024. It was in a black Meinl Weston top loading gig bag. Early in it's life, this instrument sustained some bell damage, which is evident in the stretch marks in the lacquer. In the gig bag was a Clements 'Ensemble' mouthpiece. Keep your eyes out for it. A report was filed with the Oakland police. Call them if you have any idea where this instrument is. The theft occurred at a church on Park Avenue between 3:30 and 5:00 pm. (not my horn)
• STOLEN: Buffet (Prestige edition) silver plated B flat wooden clarinet – Saturday, Nov. 29th, 2014 at ~ 6AM my Buffet (Prestige edition) silver plated B flat wooden clarinet was stolen during a burglary that I was victim of at 188 Marlow Drive, Oakland, CA. The burglary was reported to the Oakland Police Dept. about 8AM (after I returned home after being gone ~2 hours). I have the serial number for the clarinet. The clarinet model number is (1131 L-2; BC6721 = Prestige w/ the axillary E flat lever).
• Stolen Flute and Piccolo
The following flute and piccolo were stolen sometime between Friday, September 26, 2008, 6:00 p.m. and Sunday morning, September 28, 2008, 8:00 a.m., from a secure parking garage in San Francisco – corner of 5th & Mission Streets:
The police report was made Sunday morning, 9-28-2008, to Officer Buckner, SFPD, badge #1314. The case number is 081031709. It is being handled by the Auto division of SFPD, and the phone number there is 415-553-1261. — Susan Clark, Tel 925-754-2992, Cell 925-899-0740,
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BEWARE: STOLEN HORNS - SELMER mk VI ALTO, BUFFET PRO Bb, TENOR & FLUTE
*********BUYERS BEWARE ***********
Between Saturday 3/28/2015 night, and Monday 3/30/2015 at 1pm ALL OF MY INSTRUMENTS WERE **STOLEN** FROM MY PRACTICE ROOM IN THE MUSIC BUILDING AT MILLS COLLEGE.
I have filed an online report and called OPD, but they probably will show up to investigate when I am crowned queen of England. In the meanwhile I'm reaching out to the community for help in locating my horns.
These are of deep personal value to me, especially the alto and the clarinet; they were both my father's. The alto is the very first woodwind instrument I ever played as a child and has been with me until now. It would mean the world to me to get them back.
About the stolen horns
Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone SERIAL # M.192685 - later model, dent on bottom of bell, brass/golden color, 60-70% lacquer, bad solder job on low B/Bflat key guards, palm keys have almost all of the lacquer eroded from use, greenish corrosion forming near top hand tone holes, Meyer 5M mouthpiece, navy blue protec case with hercules stand in the pocket, many scores folded into the narrow pocket.
Buffet-Crampon Custom KO B-flat Clarinet SERIAL # 100042 - with KO engraving below buffet-crampon logos (in the place where you would see R13 or other model indication), rosewood, keys are tarnished silver or nickel, one selmer barrel for an A clarinet is in the case, reeds on a sheet of glass, custom mpiece, Bonade ligature, original case-- beaten up, wood shows on corners, old schedules from the 70s scotch taped to the front written on a typewriter.
Yamaha Tenor Saxophone YTS 475 SERIAL # D09178 - newer, shiny brass, intermediate model, made in china, Yanigasawa hard rubber mpiece, Berg Larsen metal mpiece, two cheap mouthpieces, matte grey plastic case with black trim and black interior
Gemeinhardt M2 Flute - Closed hole, offset G, C-Foot, solid silver, made in Elkhardt, IN, becoming slightly tarnished from use, possible foundation/makeup smudged on lip rest, case says BARUCH COLLEGE on it.
Please be on the lookout and share this information if you can. Contact Kim at 860-532-0345
Julia's Flute is a Yamaha 461, silver colored with gold/brass colored mouth piece. Serial # 666498P. It was purchased from Steve Deutsch in 2012 (don't know if year is identifiable on a flute). It was in a hard case (w/ Cal Band day sticker and a flute bumper sticker on it) and also a soft carry case with strap, both black.
I've attached a flier that we've made. ( Download flier > ) I have another picture of the flute assembled and sitting on the dining room table if that's any help.
If found, please contact Katherine Mattson 510-282-8142
• My name is Emmy. My boyfriend Ivan Rondon recently had his clarinet stolen from his car in downtown Berkeley. It is a Henri Selmer Paris series 9, serial number W7137, with a Clark W Forbes mouthpiece. My phone number is 510-712-3121 in case you happen to find the clarinet. — December 19, 2016
• Stolen Selmer Mark VI Silver Tenor Sax (Recovered!)
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The Concertina was a Wheatstone Anglo concertina no: 30439 and the flute was an early Grinter circa 2000. They were in a unique leather case that also has Jack's Great Grand Uncle's safety deposit box from the 1900s as a flute case.
These are irreplaceable and Jack is devastated. He can't afford to replace these instruments and will no longer be able to play music. If you see anyone trying to sell these instruments please contact Jack Gilder .
Muramatsu flute stolen in Alameda California (SN EX42474)
My daughter, Laura, accidentally left it in the restroom in the Alameda Main Library, and it was gone when she returned about 30 minutes later to retrieve it. She also checked with the library's lost and found, and we have filed a police report for the loss.
Laura has been playing this flute daily, including in the Alameda high school orchestra and in their drama department pit band. She loves this flute like it is a part of herself, and is devastated.
Thank you for any assistance you can provide in resolving this unfortunate incident.Phil Ballou, Alameda, CA, 510-338-8793 (mobile and text), December 2015
Stolen Rebel Accordion
Renee De La Prade with her recently-stolen Rebel accordion, gone missing in Oakland this past week (January 22, 2016). Note the heart on the bellows, and the serial number: 1402044. Please contact Renee if you have any information for recovering this instrument. Photo by Julie Nagel.
Stolen in San Diego:
In the Hayes Valley section of San Francisco, a Yamaha F tuba (Model YFB-822S) was stolen out of a car. It was in the original hard case (with Delta Airlines "Fragile" stickers on it). This is a tuba I used to own. It has a custom tuning trigger on the main tuning slide. It is a very unique set up so IF it surfaces, it should be very easy to identify. Serial number 434842. Please keep your eyes open. IF it does surface, call the police immediately. Please repost on any page you can think of. Thank you. — Tony Clements
My wife’s student had a flute and piccolo, in cases, stolen this week (March 22, 2017) from her car in Santa Cruz, CA. Flute: Trevor James Virtuoso, SN 038769. Piccolo: Haynes Grenadilla, SN 39384
Printable PDF: http://stevedeutschmusic.com/ALERT-Stolen-Instruments.pdf