Adams said that a retired DSO musician noticed an ad for the instrument and thought the violin in the photo looked similar to the orchestra's missing Strad, which he had played. The musician alerted the DSO, whose insurance company contacted London-based auctioneer Bonhams, where the instrument was up for sale.
Adams said that the instrument, which dates back to around 1725, is still in the possession of Bonhams. After minor repairs are completed, the DSO intends to use the instrument again. When it was stolen, it was being played by concertmaster Emanuel Borok.
It is worth $500,000-700,000.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have it back. It was heartbreaking for the DSO when it was stolen, and we thought it would never re-appear," said Adams.
Stradivarius (1644-1737) worked in Cremona, Italy; he made about 1,200 violins, of which approximately 600 survive today.