Instruments and equipment worth tens of thousands of pounds were stolen from Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas on 13 November 2023


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Fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas have reported the theft of instruments, bows, and musical equipment worth tens of thousands of pounds from their rental car in Portland, OR, while the musical duo were on tour. The theft occurred while the musicians stopped for breakfast at a restaurant on 13 November 2023.

The missing items include Fraser’s Jay Haide violin and four violin bows by André Richaume à Paris, David Forbes of Miami, a French 19th century gold mounted bow and another unidentified bow. Also missing are a double violin case, shoulder rest, microphones and wireless microphone system, plus various string accessories and a suitcase.

Haas’s cello was also stolen, but recovered by a man who had bought the instrument from the alleged thief for $40, within an hour of the robbery.

Anyone with information can call the number in the poster above. A donation fund via PayPal has been set up to assist the pair with their costs.

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