- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) - A Springfield, Oregon, man who plays the bass for the Eugene Symphony says a woman walking her dog along a bike path found his missing instrument and he has it back.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/B34NLE ) that Richard Meyn (Mine) got a call Wednesday from the finder.

He says the woman thought at first it might be a dead body “because it’s in a black case and it’s so big.” However, she investigated, opened up the case and found paperwork that enabled her to identify and contact the owner.

The 65-year-old musician had returned home from a concert Saturday night and briefly left the 150-year-old instrument unattended while he unloaded some groceries from his car. When he returned, it was gone. The bass weighs 30 pounds and stands nearly 6 feet tall.

Meyn says it shows no signs of damage. He says he’s played the same bass since his junior year of high school. While he’s never had it appraised, he guesses a new bass with a comparable sound could cost at least $10,000.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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