Stolen gear recovered

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  1. gitman

    gitman Member

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    this should be of interest to many amongst us here : I have recently bought a rather rare vintage Plectrum Banjo off ebay, from a music store in Seattle. While searching for info online I found a photo of such an instrument on this VERY useful site :
    https://www.gear-track.com/
    and BINGO - to my unpleasant surprise I had to realize that the instrument I had bought was reported as stolen in Tacoma/Wa in January 2014.
    I could have kept quiet but the bad karma that would have come from playing an instrument that was not rightfully mine made me act accordingly and I contacted the owner via that site. The seller agreed to take it back and hand it over to the rightful owner and to investigate the source where he himself got the instrument from.
    I will certainly register my gear with that site and urge all of you to do the same and PLEASE take the extra precaution when buying gear to make sure that it's not hot property. there is too much stolen gear going around and not enough people care. Thanks !
     
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  2. Clifford-D

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    The good karma you get from this is worth the price of the banjo.
    You did good.
     
  3. TRGuy

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    Thats awesome of you, really good stuff.
     
  4. georgestrings

    georgestrings Senior Member

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    Agreed - I couldn't keep an instrument I knew was stolen - it wouldn't feel right...


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  5. Otto Tune

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    It's great that stolen gear gets recovered, you did great.

    But I question registering your gear at a web site. Aren't you telling a hacker where the good stuff is?
     
  6. Simon

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    Did you get your $ back?
     
  7. Guitar Josh

    Guitar Josh Resident Curmudgeon Silver Supporting Member

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    Not sure why we are celebrating the OP so much. Sounds like the seller is the real stand up guy here. OP is just a facilitator.
     
  8. stallworth98

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    The seller failed to exercise due diligence. Kudos to the OP!
     
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    Good on you OP!
     
  11. Turi

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    A little risky sending it back to the guy you bought it from!
    What if he was the thief??? O_O

    Glad it worked out.. if it did.. did it work out??
    Or do you now know? Because you might have sent it back to the thief?
     
  12. RhytmEarl

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    TGP's Nabob of Negativity adds his $.02

    :facepalm
     
  13. Guitar Josh

    Guitar Josh Resident Curmudgeon Silver Supporting Member

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    Find a mirror pal. You've got plenty of problems of your own. Feel free to block me if you don't like what I have to say.

    And sorry you don't know the difference between negativity and observation.

    In any event, sellers are now supposed to make herculean efforts to determine if they bought and are not selling is stolen? :eeks

    To clarify to guys like Earl, OP is a good guy, but the real hero is in the original seller.
     
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    I think it was a joint effort, and both should be commended. Don't you, Josh?
     
  15. gitman

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    peace, my friends. the seller is totally up front, the owner is happy (I'm in contact with him via the gear-tracker site), I will find another banjo in time and re the comment about a possible hacker : every time I go out on a gig and my name is on the bill people can check me out, my gear, my car , everything - and I'll gladly take the "risk" because it's my life after all and when more guys would register their stuff the word would spread and make things all the more difficult for the crooks out there. Gee, I have my BIKE registered and so have a million other bikers !!! I do not feel sorry for a dealer (and the trouble he might get into) who does not check the provenance of the goods he takes in. It is a responsibility and he gets paid for it, too. In this case it concerned a rare and rather expensive item (a '56 Vega VEGAVOX I Plectrum Banjo, very much sought after in the Old Time/Dixieland Jazz crowd) so a little research woulnd't have cost him too much time. I found out about it while searching for additional info and so could have he ...
     
  16. Simon

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    I don't get it? OP chased the facts down, not the guy that sold it to him.
    And the guy that sold it to him is the hero?
    Original seller could be the thief.


     
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    And yet no one is upset he bought a banjo?

    I keed, good deed!
     
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    I think the OP did the right thing. Good for you,raining on a parade.
     
  19. gitman

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    hey, playing my Banjo helped pay my mortgage BIG TIME !!!!! plus schlepping the 11 pound beast keeps my back in shape ;-)
    seriously, folks : I like many of the old tunes and getting to play with some SERIOUS mofos ain't too shabby either.

    re the banjo deal here : I just thought that sharing the story could further the concept of registering one's gear and being circumspect when buying used stuff. do the right thing ....
     
  20. Noise Under The Floor

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    If the OP is good guy, and the seller is a hero, then I think we all know what's floating in the punch bowl and who put it there.
     

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