Topic: Stolen instrument warning
Before anyone purchases an used instrument, be certain to check the instrument on the IDRS Stolen Instrument Registry:
Not all stolen instruments are listed on the IDRS registry.
Be certain to ask for the history of the instrument and obtain a copy of the insurance policy, or an equivalent document certifying that the seller is the legal owner of the instrument. This is especially critical if the seller listed the instrument on ebay, or originally purchased the instrument on ebay or another equivalent site.
Professor of Bassoon, University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music
Editor, IDRS OnLine Publications