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Keep Your Eyes Peeled for a Bassoon Stolen from Mount Pleasant – Two other Reed Instruments Stolen from Columbia Heights

by Prince Of Petworth February 23, 2017 at 10:40 am 12 Comments


A reader reports the Bassoon was stolen around 16th and Monroe St, NW Wednesday afternoon:

“Police reports and insurance claims have been filed. If you happen to notice this unique instrument for sale on Craigslist, eBay, or at a pawn shop in the city, please call MPD. The instrument make and serial number is FOX 601 #34019. When a musician’s instrument is stolen, it’s devastating personally and financially, and bassoons are very expensive. Any help with recovery is much appreciated.

Also an oboe and an English horn from a member of The Marine Band were stolen from cars a week earlier in Columbia Heights. All three are double reed instruments, and typically really expensive so it’s possible there is a connection.”

  • Anon

    I don’t get it. They just left their instruments out? Or is someone targeting musicians’ homes? More context, plz.

  • Brooklander

    The thieves probably thought that they were looking at exotic drug pipes.

  • anonymous

    Major bummer. I think I had an oboe by Fox when I was growing up, and yes, they are expensive. As a pianist, I get the attachment these musicians have for their instruments. The advantage of being a pianist: your run-of-the-mill thief would have a mighty hard time taking my beloved 650 pound boy.

  • AnonV2

    Maybe it’s a new trend. Kids are going to stop riding dirt bikes recklessly through traffic and start annoying pedestrians with loud, poorly played woodwinds.

  • Katie

    A close family friend is a professional sax player and was visiting family in a VERY nice area of Falls Church when his instrument was stolen out of his vehicle. Super high-end custom instrument, not sure how anyone could even re-sell something so specialized. So… in the same vein, keep your eyes peeled for a Selmer Mark V, #121426.

    • Katie

      And that should be a Selmer Mark VI. Apologies for the typo.

  • anonymous

    Any idea the time frame? Can check our security cameras.

    • anonymous

      It was between 11:30 and 12:45 on Feb. 22nd.

  • yeesh! this is horrible. They are hurting someone’s livelihood. :(

  • It’s just me

    This is my nightmare, and I’m not even a professional musician. I never plan to leave my instrument in my car, but sometimes on the way to/from rehearsal I need to stop somewhere and it stays in my trunk. I would be gutted if I lost it.

  • Contessa of Cleveland Park

    There’s a hoary old joke that, if you leave a viola in the back seat of an unlocked car, when you return you’ll find…two more violas.

    (Violists are a frequent butt of musicians’ jokes.)

    But more seriously, these are unnerving crimes and devastating to the instruments’ owners. These items are valuable but hardly “fence-able.” My sympathy and best wishes for their recovery.


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