NCBS Stolen & Missing Instrument Information Page

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Bass and Case:

The case was a black Heritage Bass Bag ($250) with wheels and back straps. There was a small tear on the rear of the case where the body meets the neck. Inside the case was a Cremona SB-2 Upright Bass (Plywood ¾ size) with an ebony fingerboard, a Mark Sonksen Bridge ($745), German made (probably Rubner Company) tuning pegs ($280), strung with Kolstein Heritage upright bass strings ($135) = ($2500 Total). There was a circular gouge on the back of the bass near the bottom of the body and light scratches on the top of the side of the body. Attached to the front of the bass (easily removable) was a K&K Bass Max pick up ($105).

The bass case also had front and rear pockets. Inside the long front pocket was a bass bow in a separate black case ($150). Inside the other front pocket were a Shure PG-4 Wireless Transmitter and Receiver ($350), Shure WA304 – TA4F to ¼’ Angle cable (attached to Shure PG-4) ($25), Westone 3 headphones inside small soft black case ($310), Shure P2R-H2 wireless bodypack receiver with a worn down piece of tape with “Jon Goldfine” typed on it ($350). Inside the rear pockets were a Shure WA304 cable inside clear plastic packaging ($25), Monster bass 21’ cable ($50), Kolstein Heritage upright bass strings ($135), and a K&K Bass Max pick up with red electrical tape around one end ($105).

Banjo and Case:

The case was a Calton Fiberglass Flight Case ($700) with a lot of stickers. About 12 packs of strings in the case ($40), 2 Capos ($15 each=$30), other personal items like paper and art inside. The banjo was a one-of-a-kind Custom Made Flat Top Banjo ($2500). The letters RB wer on the head stock and it had a Huber Tone ring.

Banjo Sound Case:

The case was a brown Samsonite briefcase. Inside was a Shure PG14 Wireless Transmitter and Receiver ($300), a Gold Tone Banjo Microphone ($150), a Shure Wireless Receiver Pack ($250), and a pair of Shure SE215 in-ear headphones ($150)

Guitar Sound Case:

The case was a two-latch black hard case with a blue “Mayne Stage” sticker. Inside the case was a black box with Fishman Aura Spectrum DI ($300). Also inside the larger case was a smaller hard black case with a Shure PGX Wireless System ($300), a BOSS FV-50L Stereo Volume Pedal ($100), foldable guitar stand ($15), a Shure Wireless Receiver Pack ($250), and a pair of Shure SE215 in-ear headphones ($150), and a battery charger with 4 AA batteries ($20).

Violin and Case:

The case ($100) was hard with a cloth black lining (one long zipped pocket on top with one of the zippers broken). The hinges were broken, so the cloth was the only thing holding it together when open (there are imprints on the interior from the clamp landing on the wrong spot). The inside of the case was blue felt with spots for four bows on the top side. On the bottom side, there was a rectangular hinged compartment under where the neck of the violin would be which held a Kaplan shoulder rest ($20). Where the neck of the violin would be there a piece of velcro to hold it in place. A cloth went over the top of the violin, held to the inside case by one piece of velcro by the body of the violin (the one toward the neck was broken). There was a compartment to the left of the scroll with a small metal knob to open it. Inside were a full pack of full-size Thomastik Dominant Violin Strings ($45), Prirastro Rosin ($10), an old sound post and bridge, my Chicago Street Performer Liscense ($100), a grey cleaning cloth, a Fishman Classic Series V-200 Professional Violin Pickup ($160) (with broken brackets), a silver frog (the bottom piece to my broken bow), a wristband that said "wook status" (don't ask), and a paper card at the bottom with my name, address and phone number.

There were 2 and a half bows in the top half of the case. Both whole bows ($100 each=$200) were cheap wood (both were backups and I don't really know how to describe them). On the top spot, there was just a pernambuco wooden stick with the frog removed and the tip was broken off.

The violin was a Scott Cao, 2004 ($3500). It was a copy of an 18th century Italian violin. I think the year was 1784? The copied maker was "Cremonse". It had a brand new bridge and sound post, fine tuners on every string at the tail piece, I worn "strad pad" covering the chin rest, and was strung with 3 Thomastik Dominant strings (G, D, and A) and a Kaplan wound E string. There was considerable wear to the right top border of the body (bare wood with no varnish) and scratches all along the left top of the body (bordering the finger board). There were a couple large gouges under the chin rest caused by the clamp of the wireless mic I was using. There were also scratches on the back of the violin (bottom corner) caused by the pickup I used to string under my shoulder rest.

Fiddle Sound Case:

The case was br