- Nov 23, 2004
This is just a huge embarrassment for the German authorities, IMO.
The violin would be classified as personal property so I don't see why the German authorities would grab it.
So in future she will need to carry documentation as to her ownership of it................she will get it back without any fines being paid..........bureaucracy gone haywire in this case for sure.
I beg to differ from most people here I'm afraid.
I just imagined a scene that might have happened in Frankfurt already just without somebody taking notice:
Frankfurt international airport at a hot summer day:
A low-profile blues player from London walkes in at the Frankfurt Airport Customs.
Customs Officer: "Anything to declare ladies and gents?"
Blues Player: "Ugh, nothing Herr Wachtmeister."
Customs Officer: "What's in that brown case?"
Blues Player: "Ugh, that's me guitar. Pretty old one, got it in the 70s."
Customs Officer: "It looks like a plaintop Les Paul, double-whites at the neck and double blacks at the bridge, are you sure it never had Grovers at one point?"
Blues Player: "Ugh, blimey, I've got not fucking idea how to groove, I play the blues. I got the fiddle from a heroin addict at Denmark Street or maybe I was the heroin addict - how do I know, it was the 70s man. But I need it to play at the Blues Festival in St. Goar. That's somewhere at the Rhine and that's all I know."
Customs Officer: "Okay, if you need it so badly to play the blues, then be it. Have fun at St. Goar."
At the same time in a hotel room in the Frankfurt Airport Hotel:
Journalist: "Is there any guitar you are missing today?"
Eric Clapton: "Yeah, the one I recorded the Beano Album with. Never found one as good as that one. I still miss it."
Well I think you got the picture
A spokesman for the German authorities has suggested that the violin might be returned :wah * if it is regarded as necessary for her job, the Yomiuri said.