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 Stolen Benson Bell bassoon
Author: oboemoboe 
Date:   2012-09-27 16:38

Hello bassoon friends! A colleague of mine just sent me this email about a stolen Bell Bassoon:

"So sad to announce that the Benson Bell bassoon, serial #24, owned by the Conservatoire de Gatineau has been stolen.
It was last seen on Friday Sept 21 in the Conservatoire de Gatineau in Quebec Canada. (near Ottawa)

Bell bassoon #24 is nicknamed "la blonde" for it's distinctive light brown/yellow colour. It also has some very distinctive key work as it was originally custom made for Rick Ranti. It was also owned by Denise Sun before being purchased by the Conservatoire de Gatineau in January 2011 for $20,000. It is a gentleman's model bassoon in a Marcus Bona case.

Whoever took this bassoon has no idea how difficult it will be to sell or even to use since it is so recognizable!
We are praying they will not trash it. It is a beautiful bassoon!

Please be on the look out for this bassoon.
Any advice you have as to how to go about finding it is also appreciated."

You can reach the Conservatoire at:
Phone: 819 772-3283

Hopefully, it will find it's way back home.



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 Re: Stolen Benson Bell bassoon
Author: jeremyreeds 
Date:   2012-11-18 12:14

This is to update regarding this stolen bassoon.
Jo Ann Sympson, bassoon teacher at the Conservatoire de Gatineau in Quebec, Canada, sent the following email message:

" Sent: Friday, November 16, 2012 7:23 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Benson Bell bassoon returns!

On Friday Sept 21, "la Blonde" (Benson Bell bassoon #24) was stolen from the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau.
Today she has come home!!!!

A pawn shop in Ottawa phoned Bell Bassoons today to inquire as to the value of a Bell bassoon which had been brought into their shop.
Ben's son, Derek, immediately recognized the description of "la blonde" and called me to let me know.
The pawn shop told me that, if I could provide proof that I am the owner of the instrument together with $500 cash, that they would let me take the bassoon, which they now had been informed was stolen, home.

I contacted the Conservatoire in Gatineau for the necessary documentation. They also contacted the Gatineau police, where a report had been filed. The Gatineau police could not assist in the recuperation of the bassoon since it was in Ottawa (cross border shopping!) but they advised us to go to the Ottawa police and ask them to help. The Ottawa police where able to access the Gatineau police report by computer so knew exactly what we were talking about. It almost seemed like they were expecting our call!

Long story short, Vincent Turcotte, myself and an officer of the Ottawa police showed up at the pawn shop with our documentation in hand (and no cash) and "la Blonde" was swiftly handed over. She looks fine. Vincent is spending the evening with her

The thief did try to scratch the serial number off the U-tube. One Benson Bell bocal is also missing.

Apparently "la blonde" had been at this pawn shop since Sept 24 - just 3 days after she had been stolen. The Ottawa police have the name and address of the person who brought "La blonde" to the pawn shop and are continuing the investigation.

Vincent and I could not be happier!
This is a GREAT day!

Jo Ann Simpson "

Great news, isn't it?



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 Re: Stolen Benson Bell bassoon
Author: oboemoboe 
Date:   2012-11-18 13:36

Awesome! Thank you for the update!


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