Three weeks ago my house was broken into and they stole several instruments including my '93 MMan Sterling that I've had since new (one of the first ever made). I was devastated but very grateful that I had kept original sales receipts and had well documented my serials. Lo and behold all of my gear was sold to a small mom-and-pops shop local to me and a friend found it there. Please, everyone take pictures of your instruments (including the serial numbers) and take care in keeping these photos and all other pertinent information safe and handy in case of such a situation. I am a truly lucky one, but it would have been 10x more difficult to get my stuff back if it weren't for thorough documentation.