Kennedy's Violins Stolen

Violinist NIGEL KENNEDY is reeling after discovering three of his valuable violins were stolen on Sunday (15MAY05) after a performance in Liverpool, England.

The classical music sensation returned to his tour bus after a show to discover his devastating loss, and he's convinced the crime was drug-related.

But heartbroken Kennedy admits the violins, worth a staggering $46,000 (GBP25,000), were not insured, and fears it will take three years for replacements to be crafted by his supplier VIOLECTRA..

He complains, "It's a bit of a downer, I feel bereft.

"The violins weren't insured or nothing, and have probably been sold in exchange for a fix of whatever drugs those cats were on.

"I normally perform my set with four violins, but now I'm making do with just one, which I had with me when the trailer was robbed."

20/05/2005 13:57

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David Burham

This is a comment for Mr. Kennedy himself, in referenceto the artist's three violins being stolen. Dear Mr. Kennedy, My name is David Burham, a luthier who craftscustom-made electric violins, and who has also beena performer of both classical and alternative musicfor the last 30 years. I have followed your careerthrough the years - I still have the record you didwith Stephane Grappelli when you were 14 or so - onvinyl. I have read about the very unfortunate incidentof your three beloved electric violins being stolen.In my reading, these instruments were originallymade by Violectra. Doubtless, they were craftedto your exact specifications; I have read of someof the distinguishing characteristics of at leastone of these. I write you only to be of service, if I may, regarding the replacement of your instruments. As Violectra made the original instruments, it is perhaps your singular desire to have that company make the instruments once again as they have all the specifications you gave them before their craftingof the original instruments. I empathize with your loss of the three instruments you treasure; indeed, it is not dissimilar to the feeling of loss of losing a loved one. If I can be of service to you in crafting an instrument to your specifications, pleasecontact me at DBCV@efn.org. My thanks to you, Mr. Kennedy, for your music. Sincerely, David Burham
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