Musician is reunited with $ 13,000 whistle NINE YEARS after leaving him in taxi – when taxi driver took him to shop for appraisal and staff got suspicious
- Heidi Slyker, a member of the New England Philharmonic Orchestra, got her flute back on April 19 – nine years after leaving it in the back of a Boston cab
- She saved up the whole of high school to pay for the instrument – and had to leave the orchestra after losing it because the only replacement she could afford was an inferior sound
- The Virtuosity Musical Instruments store staff contacted the police on February 19 to express their suspicions about a taxi driver coming to have the instrument appraised
- Police interviewed the driver, who claimed he bought the whistle from a stranger
- Investigators later determined that he was on duty the driver the day Slyker’s whistle disappeared
A woman who left her $ 13,000 whistle in the back of a cab in 2012 has finally reunited with it after the cab driver took it to a music store for an appraisal.
Heidi Slyker had returned the instrument to her on April 19 after an employee at Boston’s Virtuosity Musical Instruments, who recalled a call for the return of Heidi’s flute, became suspicious and called the police.
Slyker was a member of the New England Philharmonic Orchestra when she lost her instrument, which she saved to purchase during high school.
She was then forced to quit the dream job because the only replacement she could afford sounded less than her old flute.
The candidate claimed to have bought the flute from a stranger. Investigators later determined that the taxi driver was at work the night Slyker lost her whistle, Boston police said.
Authorities were contacted on February 19 by a person who worked in the Virtuosity Musical Instruments store and told them that a person with the flute entered the store to determine its value.
Boston police shared in a press release on Thursday that they returned the Woburn-based Brannen to Heidi Slyker on April 19.
An employee at the Virtuosity Musical Instruments store in Boston recalled Slyker’s 2012 appeal for the return of her flute and called the police after the valuable instrument was brought in.
Police spoke to the man who had the instrument on April 9, and he reportedly told them he bought the flute from an unknown man.
While he was returning the instrument, authorities later determined that he was a taxi driver who had driven a taxi the day the instrument went missing.
Slyker, who had been with the New England Philharmonic Orchestra at the time, was driving a minivan Metrocab at around 3:30 AM when she left the instrument.
She had just left her job at the Howl At The Moon bar and was on her way to her apartment in Beacon Hill at the time, WBZ-TV reports.
Slyker said she was “devastated” to lose the expensive instrument because she had worked all through high school to save money for the flute and worked full time.
Slyker, who had been with the New England Philharmonic Orchestra at the time, was driving a minivan Metrocab at around 3:30 AM when she left the instrument. Shown with the instrument before it was stolen
The musician was forced to give up her place in the orchestra because she had to use a replacement, which took her five years to save enough to buy her own flute.
“They were like,” Flute 2 sounds awful. ” And I was like, I’m sorry, ‘she told The New York times. ‘I was able to finish the concert, but I was never asked back. It was horrible. I finally got into an orchestra and I just had to stop. ‘
She added: ‘It was pretty awful. I felt like I lost a limb. That was my whole life playing that instrument. ‘
She had just left her job at Howl At The Moon and was on her way to her apartment in Beacon Hill at the time
At the time she lost the flute, Slyker’s flute was worth $ 10,000.
‘I could not believe it. I got really turned on, ”Slyker said when he heard her flute had been rediscovered. “I never thought I’d see it again.”
Slyker learned how the instrument was found, but expressed relief that it had not been destroyed.
“I’ve always wondered and it always bothered me like that,” she said. ‘I just wanted to know if it melted down, did anyone sell it? No.’
Because the flute has not been properly maintained, it must be overhauled at a cost of about $ 2,000 to get it in proper condition, Slyker shared.
“I’m very happy,” Slyker said. “I thought it was just gone.”