Will the next Strad theft succeed?main
The historian David Schoenbaum thinks it might:
But there’s sure to be a next time. Online trading shows promise of finishing off the flagship shops where aspiring dealers learned to tell one instrument from another. Globalization shows promise of goldrush markets — think China — where the rich are new, expertise is minimal, the rule of law is frail and the long-awaited outburst of Strad fever is bound to arrive.
Be very alarmed. Read on here.