BOSTON (CBS) – A performer in the New England Philharmonic orchestra is seeking the public’s help in finding her missing $10,000 flute.

Heidi Bean said she lost the flute at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday when she was riding in a minivan Metrocab from her job at Howl At The Moon back to her Beacon Hill apartment.

Bean, a New Hampshire native, has a Master’s degree from the Longy School of Music in flute performance. She has been playing flute for 20 years.

But, Bean says she will have to quit the orchestra if she can’t get her flute back.

heidiflute2 Woman Looking For $10,000 Flute Lost In Boston Taxi

Pictured is the same model flute, only gold. Heidi's is all silver. (Photo courtesy: Heidi Bean)

“I’m pretty devastated about the whole situation,” said Bean, who added that she worked full-time while in high school to save up money for the flute. “I won’t be able to get a new one for a long time.”

The silver flute, made by Brannen, has an engraving of birds on the lip plate. The serial number is likely #8409 and it is engraved on the flute underneath the “B” logo.

The flute was in a hard brown case with a canvas brown case over it when it was lost.

Boston police are investigating.

If you have found the flute, e-mail us:

Comments (29)
  1. SJP says:

    Leaving it in a cab = DUMB!
    A professional Flautist with only 1 Flute = DUMB
    Yes, you can finance an instrument.
    Did she have insurance on it?

    1. VC52981 says:

      Right, because all professional musicians have $20,000 sitting around at the beginning of their careers to purchase two professional-caliber instruments. Also, yes, you can finance student-level instruments, but not this level of instrument, which is usually custom made and to certain specifications. Get a clue.

      1. SJP says:

        Oh, I have a clue. The lack or responsibility to keep track of something that expensive is just comical. I have no sympathy for her. I’ve never misplaced my $10k instrument in the 20 years I have had it!

      2. VC52981 says:

        Wow, it must be nice to have never made a mistake in your life, you should write a book about the experience.

    2. Jonno Deily-Swearingen says:

      Nice, hit her when she’s down. Classy…

    3. Lance says:

      Financing? Fail.

    4. Dee says:

      I’ve never made a comment in my life on a site. But guess what SJP this is my sister and you have no right to put such blasphemy on a situation you have no clue about. This is devastating for someone with so much talent.

  2. DMB says:

    Only someone with truly superior intellect would take the time to make a comment like that.

    1. Brad says:

      or give said comment creed by replying to it.

      1. Chad says:

        Hey everyone, Brad’s smarter than you!

  3. RDT says:

    Guess what? I went to high school with her too and I’ve known her for over a decade. How dare you insult her ten years after the last time you saw her, simply because she made a mistake. It takes courage and backbone to reach out to every person in Boston, admitting the mistake, in the hopes that someone, somewhere, will help her. I truly hope, with every part of me, that you have some smug, ignorant, waste of oxygen like yourself to put you down after every mistake you make. Go to hell.

  4. Sherri says:

    I read these comments mainly for amusement. This is horrible though. This lady forgot a precious instrument in a cab and you people are making fun of her. Where is the compassion of the world. She made a mistake. Is that a reason to make fun of her, calling her dumb. Oh to be perfect. I sincerely hope she get her instrument back. Instruments are precious to their owner. Instead of wasting time being mean, help her out by searching. Do something positive with your time. I can only imagine you are being mean because you are jealous.

  5. gary says:

    She was probably drinking…it happens to the best and worst of us.
    Good luck, i hope she gets the flute back.

  6. megs283 says:

    poor girl! she was probably exhausted from working at howl at the moon… have you seen them play?! it’s amazing!! I hope she gets her flute back.

  7. clan says:

    How about some of you wise guys start a collection, there must be 10000 people out there with a dollar each

  8. clan says:

    Can some one at tne New England Philharmonic start a fund as I propose above

  9. John says:

    She’s really good looking. I’m sure someone will buy her a new one

  10. Banh Ammer says:

    Wowwee. Look at all the nice commentary from the low-brow trolls. I’m surprised you basement dwellers would even care to check out the news.

  11. pj says:

    she can play my flute

  12. Max Bin says:

    Was is Freddy the Golden Flute? Maybe Wtchypoo got it :)

  13. Dee says:

    Ok, this is my sister. For those of you with nothing better to do than ridicule someone with far more talent than you could ever have, find something better to do. this is her life.

  14. tms says:

    I truly hope she gets her flute back. Recently my daughter had her precious instrument stolen from the university she attends ($10,000 oboe) and I understand the feeling of lose that a musician has when they do not have their instrument. I understand the hurt and pain this can cause however I do not understand how someone can leave something of such value in a Taxi. When you own something of such value, you don’t just leave these things behind! Even so, professional musicians should ALWAYS know their instrument serial number and have it insured. In my daughters case, we did have the serial number and it was insured. A month after it was stolen, it was recovered on ebay. In our case, a homeless man broke into the school, took her instrument from a locked office, pawned it for $425 and the pawn shop sold it for $3500. In the end, my daughter got her oboe back but this is not the normal ending in these types of stories. My daughter now keeps her oboe with her at all times and she’s probably hypersensitive about where it’s located. But is that really a bad thing? In today’s world, where it’s easy to offload stolen items on internet sites such as ebay, owners of valuable instruments must be more aware of the world around them. Being careless and forgetful is exactly what these criminals are looking for and they prey upon individuals who let their guards down. This is truly a sad story but it also should be used as a learning experience for others: Please pay more attention to your valuables (especially musical instruments) AND don’t be so careless with your belongings! There is NO EXCUSE for such carelessness!

    1. Chris Mish says:

      That’s a great thought! I hope she has the presence of mind to be scanning e-bay and Graiglist for her flute!

  15. Todd says:

    Why would someone , first of all, pay that much for a flute? Secondly, Why would you take it to an event like that in boston of all places?. Should have had a backup/cheaper one to play out with.

  16. Joseph says:

    You’re a moron. $10,000 is at the low end of professional flutes. I’ve played flutes costing $60,000. Mine cost only $10k though because I can’t afford that.

    Get a clue

  17. Taxi priser med Find Taxa says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I honestly feel this site needs much more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the advice!

  18. big bean bags says:

    The very next time I read a blog, I hope that it won’t disappoint me as much as this particular one. After all, I know it was my choice to read through, but I truly thought you would probably have something helpful to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you weren’t too busy seeking attention.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s