There could be nothing worse for a musician than to learn of the loss of their instrument. Well perhaps there could be but it is right up there with having your house burgled and possessions taken. When one of those possessions happens to be a unique custom-made mandolin, then the heartache must increase exponentially.
Anna Xeni a regular face at bluegrass and old-time music events in Australian and particularly Victoria, has told us today that her left-handed Stelling S-5Q Mandolin #138, among other things, has been stolen from her house in Brunswick today.
Left handed mandolins are extremely rare. This is likely the only left-handed Stelling in the country. Anna’s prized instrument was sourced by well known local luthier Laurie Grundy from the famous Stelling Banjo Works in the USA.
The mandolin is an F style Stelling model S-5Q with the serial number 138. It has the most beautiful quilted maple back and sides and tobacco brown stain slightly sunburst and valued at about US$8,500.
The theft is currently under police investigation.