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Serial Numbers

It happens more than you think.

One California high school reported that $30,000 worth of instruments have been stolen this school year alone.

The high price that some instruments fetch on the black market is just one reason cited for the rise in instrument thefts. According to a December 2011 Los Angeles Times article, an old, dented tuba can fetch as much as $2,000.

Protect your investment. One of the easiest ways to do this is to locate the serial number on your instrument and keep it with all your important documents. In the event of a theft, you can provide law enforcement personnel with the information needed to identify your instrument when thieves try to sell it.

In a random Minor Music poll of one high school band class, 0 out of 18 students knew the serial number of their instrument; only 2 out of 18 students knew where to find the serial number; and the remaining 16 students were able to find it within 10 seconds.

Not sure where to look? Here’s a peek at where to find the serial number on each of the beginning band instruments:

1 Comment to “Serial Numbers”

  1. Denise says:

    My principal emailed this site to me – I will email the section back to her on serial numbers as we have lost many valued instruments over the years because they could not be tracked.

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