Ladies and Gentlemen, Just when I thought nothing else could go wrong this winter, something did. To wit: My bass was stolen in San Francisco, California on the night of March 3, 2003. The instrument was taken from a vehicle parked on the 500 block of Hayes Street between Laguna and Octavia streets between 10:45 pm and 11:45 pm. Description of the instrument: 7/8-size violin shaped contrabass, made in 1982 by Horst Grünert, Penzberg, and bearing the makers label (Lott model). This bass has a yellow-orange spirit varnish giving the wood a medium orange-brown appearance, with lightly flamed back and ribs. Construction is of a medium grain two-piece spruce top, round (swell) back, and maple scroll with 3-turn volute. The button near the heel of the neck is stamped with the makers name, as are the inside faces of the top and back. The neck is fitted with a C extension that is stained medium-brown and is of funky and rather amateurish construction. The bass is also fitted with an adjustable bridge, a dark brown tailpiece shaped like a harp, and a machined brass endpin made by C. Malott. The bass has numerous marks and blemishes, and shows evidence of past work to repair a broken neck. The dimensions of the bass are approximately as follows (measured in inches): Body length-46 ½; top bouts- 21 ½; waist-15 7/8; bottom bouts-27 ¼; depth-9 1/8. When last seen, the bass was in a dark blue, padded Cordura case (bag) bearing the Messina label, which also held a black C. F. Durro composite bow with German-style frog. While it is highly unlikely that anyone on this list would encounter this instrument, well, ya' never know. Even though it is insured, I'd certainly appreciate a nod if she turns up somewhere. Please contact Bobby Todd at (415) 701-8633 or via email at email@example.com, or contact the San Francisco Police Department at (415) 553-1392 and refer to Case Number 030-259-954. Thanks, and y'all be careful out there.