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Epic music instruments remain locked up in storage

A fantastic collection of music instruments remains in storage despite its owner wanting them on show.
Just one of the instruments in the collection
An epic collection of magnificent musical instruments has been left to gather dust in storage conditions, even though their former owner asked for them to be on public show.

The bounty of musical instruments, which includes a very fragile harp-piano, horns, a three-row harpsichord and saxophones, is currently housed in a Michigan storage vault, which the Associated Press reported as having water-stained ceilings.

They were donated to the University of Michigan by Frederick Stearns, a businessman who used to like collecting exotic objects and artefacts.

Collectively, the music instruments are said to be worth a cool $25 million (approximately £16.35 million).

"The only way I can characterize it is Tut's Tomb, because it's been so forgotten about for so many years," said Steven Ball, director of the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

"The collection has been in a holding pattern for 112 years. This is a national treasure - it deserves the dignity of either being properly housed ... or to be dispersed in such a way that it could be. "

Other instruments include a Moog synthesizer, a Swiss-made music box and several items with an Asian and African origin.

Posted by LBADNFCR-2133-ID-801264928-ADNFCR Posted on 16 Jan 2012 14:58 to category : Instruments News

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