Concertmaster relieved Stradivarius in good shape

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Posted: Feb 11, 2014 3:27 PM
Concertmaster relieved Stradivarius in good shape

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra says he was relieved that a $5 million Stradivarius violin stolen last month was still in good condition when police recovered it nine days later.

Frank Almond told reporters Tuesday the violin had some cosmetic issues but was otherwise in good shape.

A robber shocked the 50-year-old Almond with a stun gun Jan. 27 and robbed him of the 300-year-old violin. It was recovered in the attic of a Milwaukee home, and two men have been charged with being party to robbery.

Almond says he doesn't plan to take additional security precautions, in part because that might draw more attention to the instrument.

He also says publicity around the theft might help renew interest in the Milwaukee symphony.