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Music student leaves $170K violin on bus

Dec. 24, 2011 at 12:40 AM

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A student at the New England Conservatory of Music has been reunited with her $170,000 violin after she left it on a bus in Philadelphia.

Muchen Hsieh, 19, traveled from Boston by Megabus Tuesday to spend the Christmas holidays in Philadelphia, The Boston Globe reported. A half hour after her arrival, she realized she had forgotten to retrieve her instrument from the overhead luggage rack.

Megabus employees in Camden, N.J., searched the bus, Bryony Chamberlain, a company spokeswoman, said. Chamberlain said employees queried police in Philadelphia after they found a violin.

"We knew we found a violin, and we knew a violin was missing, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are related," she said.

Philadelphia police gave the instrument to Hsieh.

A foundation in Taiwan provided the instrument, made in 1835 in Naples by Vincenzo Jorio, KYW-TV, Philadelphia, reported.

Hsieh is not the first musician to lose an instrument while traveling. Internationally famed cellist Yo Yo Ma once got his cello back after leaving it in the trunk of a New York taxi.

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