Made in 1715, the Stradivarius (worth $5-6 million) was taken from Frank Almond, concert master for the Milwaukee Symphony.
"The only thing I can compare it to is maybe watching one of your children get kidnapped or something," Almond said.
Police recovered the violin from two suspects in a matter of days.
- Violin heist ends on sour note for suspects ("CBS Evening News," 02/07/14)
"What is so great about a Stradivarius?" asked Reynolds.
"Well, you know, to us that's sort of like, 'What's so great about the Mona Lisa? Why can't anybody paint the Mona Lisa anymore?'
"I spend a lot of time with this, more time with this probably than anyone or anything else in my life -- that's sort of what I do," Almond added. "So it's hard not to get wrapped up in it. I spend a lot of time trying to keep that divide in check."
"Do you talk to it?" asked Reynolds.
"No, I don't go that far!" he laughed.
We don't know if Anne Akiko Meyers talks to her violins, but they certainly speak to her - and to us.
"It's got major kick," she said, "and it's ballsy and it's gutsy and it's dark and it has just a whole range of color that I can explore. And so, it makes me freer as a musician."
For more info:
- Anne Akiko Meyers (Official website)
- Anne Akiko Meyers' blog
- "The American Masters: Barber, Corigliano, Bates" - Performed by Anne Akiko Meyers, with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin (eOne Records); Available via Amazon and iTunes
- Follow @AnneAkikoMeyers on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube
- Michael Darnton, violin maker
- Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra