Concertmaster relieved Stradivarius OK after theft

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra says he was relieved that a $5 million Stradivarius violin stolen last month was still in good condition when police recovered it nine days later.

Frank Almond said Tuesday the violin had some cosmetic issues but was otherwise in good shape.

A robber shocked the 50-year-old Almond with a stun gun Jan. 27 and robbed him of the 300-year-old violin. It was recovered in the attic of a Milwaukee home, and two men have been charged with being party to robbery.

Almond says he's wary about taking additional security precautions, in part because that might draw more attention to the instrument, but safety protocols will be reviewed.

He also says publicity around the theft might help renew interest in the Milwaukee symphony.

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