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Musician ‘devastated’ after instrument theft

A musician from the Isle of Man said he is "devastated" after £10,000 worth of instruments were stolen from his car.

Tomas Callister was performing in Escrick – a sleepy part of Yorkshire – when his vehicle was broken into, BBC News reports.

The thieves took an extremely rare Greek bouzouki, which was valued at £4,000 and is said to be irreplaceable.

Incidents of this nature highlight just how important it is for people to take out musical instrument insurance, although it is easy to underestimate the emotional attachment that some musicians can have with their instruments.

"When you do play music, especially for a living, not only are the instruments your tools to make money but you feel like they are your children," Mr Callister was quoted as saying.

A similar incident occurred in nearby York, where a teenage singer-songwriter had her guitar stolen from her car last month.

The victim told York newspaper the Press that the instrument had huge sentimental value and the theft forced her to cancel a number of gigs.

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