NCBS Stolen & Missing Instrument Information Page

This is the Northern California Bluegrass Society's national infomation page for stolen and missing musical instruments. This page can be used to announce the theft or other loss of musical instruments, updates on subsequent investigations, and news about the recovery of instruments. The forum is HTML-enabled, so that links may be added to other websites that contain pictures and other detailed information about the instruments. The NCBS does not warrant the accuracy of any information posted. Contact the source for details. Good luck to all!

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Stolen Banjo and Pennywhistles

Hi all,

I was in Portland, OR on 01-28-2006 when my Epiphone MB-250 banjo was stolen out of my car along with my two Michael Burke pennywhistles.

The banjo has a custom head on it, setting it apart from the look of other banjos. The banjo was in a black Gold Tone case plastered with stickers. However, if the stickers have been peeled, the case still says "Gold Tone" on the outside and is very faded 'cause I tried to remove it. In the case is a Intellitouch tuner and a Levy's brown leather strap. The banjo has a Shubb 5th String Capo and Fishman Rare Earth pickup mounted on it. The SN is: X96015538. I've posted a picture at the Banjo Hangout (

The Burke pennywhistles were a DBSBT (Brass D) engraved "12 of 2003" and an E Aluminum Pro engraved "8 of 2003". Pictures of his whistles can be found here:

Anyway, I'd appreciate any help or extra eyes out there. Thank you, thank you!