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Student’s Violin Worth $172,000 Recovered At Bus Facility

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Muchen Hsieh left her violin on a bus to Philadelphia.

Muchen Hsieh left her violin on a bus to Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — An expensive violin that was lost on a Boston-to-Philadelphia bus has been recovered.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

The New England Conservatory student got on a Megabus in Boston with the 176-year-old violin but got off without it late Tuesday, police said. It is worth an estimated $172,000.

Muchen Hsieh told investigators that she left the instrument in an overhead bin and only realized she had forgotten it after she had been picked up.

The violin was lent to her by the Chi Mei Culture Foundation in her native Taiwan while she studies in the U.S.

“I’m a violin major, so I really hope that the person that took it can give it back to me so I can continue my studies because right now, I can’t do anything,” she told KYW-TV.

Hsieh said she called the bus company to see if the instrument had been found, but she was told it wasn’t on board.

It wasn’t until Friday morning that the violin was located in one of the bus company’s holding facilities.

The violin, made in 1835 by Vincenzo Jorio in Naples, was in a reddish case with two straps on the back, police Lt. John Walker said.

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