Lindsey Deutsch is the 20-year-old prodigy whose loaner violin, a Sanctus Seraphin made in 1742 and worth $850,000, was stolen from the back seat of her car in West Hills a few days ago. Well, she's not only careless, and talented, she's also lucky. Someone walked the violin into the West Valley police division on Wednesday, saying he found it in an alley. Everyone is relieved, especially the owner, Peter Mandell:
"It had survived centuries without cracks or wear and tear. It really started to sound wonderful when Lindsey began to play it. I knew from the first time I heard her, I was looking at a once-in-a-generation talent."
It was just shy of a year ago that L.A. Philharmonic cellist Peter Stumpf had a loaned, 320-year-old Stardivarius stolen from his front steps — where he left it overnight — in Los Feliz. He, too, got very lucky.