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Stolen Yamaha Custom F

Postby ryandchen » Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:11 pm

Hi TubeNet,

After lurking here for probably about 8 years or so, I'm finally posting here for the first time under some unfortunate circumstances. On Thursday August 18, my car was broken into in San Francisco and my F tuba (Yamaha YFB-822S, serial number 434842) was stolen out of it . I'm hoping that I can enlist the help of this community in both vigilance for the stolen instrument and suggestions for actions to take. Any help or guidance anyone can provide is greatly appreciated!

Here's a link to my post on Facebook that includes pictures and video; I set the privacy settings to "public" on the post, so I believe that everyone can see it, even those without Facebook accounts - please let me know if this isn't the case!

So far, I've filed a police report, contacted or visited all (as far as I can tell) of the pawn shops and music stores in San Francisco and Oakland, scoured the major weekend flea markets, and shared the above Facebook post in the Tuba/Euphonium group. I also returned to the scene of the crime to see if anyone who was working in nearby businesses that evening saw or heard anything, but that endeavor hasn't been fruitful at all.

In terms of covering my losses, my car insurance unfortunately only covers liability and isn't comprehensive (i.e. doesn't insure against personal losses/damages) and I don't have renter's insurance or anything similar, but I'm in the process of finding out whether or not my parents' homeowner's insurance may cover the horn.

Is there anything else I could/should be doing to improve my chances of recovering the instrument (quickly)? Again, I sincerely appreciate any input.

Looking forward to hearing from folks and thanks in advance for your vigilance and help!


PS: I've been amazed at how generous my Facebook friends have been with sharing my post and also how many of their friends (who are strangers to me) have done the same! I'm glad to be part of such a supportive community.
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Re: Stolen Yamaha Custom F

Postby hduong » Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:02 pm

Definitely hit up all the shops in the South Bay if you can. Starving Musician, Park Ave Music Center/Peninsula Music & Repair, Music Village, Tap-Tempo Music Shop
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Re: Stolen Yamaha Custom F

Postby lost » Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:27 pm

So sorry Ryan. =(

Be vigilant searching all of craigslist, not just your area, and use simple search queries.

There are cameras everywhere so make sure you check to see if one was in your vicinity.

Ebay of course. Sometimes people will sit on them a bit before trying to move them.

I usually have a blanket in my car that covers my horns to deter theft.

Again, vigilance...I've gotten back a few stolen horns in my day.
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Re: Stolen Yamaha Custom F

Postby EMC » Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:22 pm

bump to keep this at the top
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Re: Stolen Yamaha Custom F

Postby snorlax » Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:36 pm

If you have homeowner insurance, your property is covered from theft while anywhere in the world.
The same may apply if you are a student and on your parents' homeowner insurance.
If, however, you are a professional player, the instrument will not be covered unless it was scheduled separately, since it is used in a profession.
So--especially if you are a student still claimed as dependent by your parent(s), please get in touch with your insurance agent.
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Re: Stolen Yamaha Custom F

Postby tuben » Thu Aug 25, 2016 3:11 pm

lost wrote:Again, vigilance...I've gotten back a few stolen horns in my day.

And patience.... took me more than nine years to get one back

Re: Stolen Yamaha Custom F

Postby lowbrassmaniac » Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:20 pm

Good luck Ryan, sorry to hear this. Any leads yet?

Re: Stolen Yamaha Custom F

Postby MaryAnn » Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:51 pm

A friend had custom bagpipes disappear in a burglary. One year later, someone called an ad in the paper of a guy who was offering to buy instruments, and offered him the bagpipes for $20. He saw what they were, bought them, and tracked down the owner. So putting an ad on Craigslist or something like that looking to buy might get you somewhere.
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Re: Stolen Yamaha Custom F

Postby GC » Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:31 pm

Nice, nice sound in the video. I hope you get your horn back soon.
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Re: Stolen Yamaha Custom F

Postby barry grrr-ero » Sun Sep 11, 2016 4:16 am

There are a few pawn shops just south of Market St. in S.F. If it was a Tenderloin or 'So Ma' type person who stole it, they may have been wanting just enough dough for a quick fix. The Tenderloin is very much like that. If it was stolen at night, security cameras may not be a lot of help.

Call my trumpet/euphonium playing friend who works at Bronstein Music in South S.F., Bryce Martins. Those people know lots of brass players in the area, and the owner of Bronstein's is really well connected with the S.F. music scene. You never know - could be worth a shot.
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Re: Stolen Yamaha Custom F

Postby mek42 » Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:22 pm

You might also see if would be willing to distribute the serial number to their member pawnshops.

I hope it is recovered quickly.
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Re: Stolen Yamaha Custom F

Postby greenbean » Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:44 am

It it got pawned, you are lucky in a sense. It will stay put until well after the person defaults. The pawn shops in SF are fairly reputable and most don't want to deal with stolen goods. Liberal Loan on 7th off Mission is an exception. I would pop in there every so often. And Mission Loan(?) - the big green one - on Mission is also pretty unsavory.
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Re: Stolen Yamaha Custom F

Postby Master Sergeant Tuba » Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:45 pm

For what it's worth, stealing bagpipes is like stealing a porcupine on fire.

I hope your horn shows up.
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Re: Stolen Yamaha Custom F

Postby IsaacTuba » Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:16 am

Did you ever get the horn back?
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