Violin Dealer-Restorer Charged With Failing To Return Instruments Placed On Consignment

An expert dealing in repair, restoration and sale of rare stringed instruments,  with shops in New York City and Connecticut faces larceny charges in Guilford,   and police are trying to determine if there have been more victims.

Police say some customers had placed valuable musical instruments with Charles Magby of “Fine Violins Ltd.” have been unable to get either their money or their instrument back.

Police say the instruments involved range in value from $3,000 to more than $100,000,  and include violins, cellos and bows.

Police say the business operates internationally,  and police are hoping to hear from anyone with more information about Magby’s business dealings,  or to find if there have been other victims.

Magby was charged with first degree larceny and released on $50,000 surety bond.

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