A-Z Challenge Day 22

Short stories featuring musical instruments and those who play them!




vI was having a clear-out the other day and came across a violin. I bought it several years ago thinking I could become the next Yehudi Menuhin, but the best I could get the thing to do was make ghastly screeching noises! I gave up.

There’s a shop in a nearby town that sells new and used instruments. I thought I’d try and sell it to them.

He looked at it very closely. This way, that way, the other way.

‘How much?’ he asked.

I remembered paying about fifty pounds for it at a car boot sale. I hoped I might just get my money back.

‘Fifty quid’, I said.

‘It’s got a small mark on it, forty-five’ said he, stretching out his hand.

I shook on it.


I was skimming through last week’s local rag in a coffee bar yesterday when a headline caught my eye.

Rare Stradivarius violin sells for a fortune‘. 

It went on to say that despite having a minor blemish, it made £1.3 million at Sotheby’s Auction House. 

What? It was mine! The (expletive deleted) must have known it was valuable! I dashed the shop intending to have it out with him.

All I found was an empty store with a For Sale sign in the window.




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27 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge Day 22

  1. Denise Apr 26, 2021 / 01:58

    Ripped from the pages of Antiques Roadshow, lol. I often wonder if I’ve ever gotten rid of something worth a lot of money. The again, I do not want to know.

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  2. ahtdoucette Apr 26, 2021 / 12:45

    LOL. If you really want to talk to the guy, I’m sure they have phone service on whatever glorious vacation he decided to take.

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  3. Arti Jain Apr 26, 2021 / 15:05

    The title made laugh.
    The story made me go: Ouch!
    Sorry Keith. Better luck next time.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 26, 2021 / 17:20

      That’s a very similar situation. I guess the secret is knowing how to spot a bargain! My chap got a bargain without realising it. Thanks so much


  4. Iain Kelly Apr 26, 2021 / 22:46

    With 1.3 million in his pocket, I’m guessing he won’t be found anytime soon either!

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  5. Gail M Baugniet Apr 27, 2021 / 00:14

    Ouch, that story really stung, Keith. I certainly hope this was just another of your tall tales and nothing close to the truth.

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