STOLEN CSUN PIANO TURNS UP ON EBAY.Byline: Lisa M. Sodders Staff Writer
NORTHRIDGE - The combined efforts of a former student, a professor and police at California State University, Northridge CSUN offers a variety of programs leading to bachelor's degrees in 61 fields and master's degrees in 42 fields. The university has over 150,000 alumni. It's also home to a summer musical theater/theater program known as TADW (TeenAge Drama Workshop) that leads teenagers through an , have led to the recovery of a one-of-a-kind electric piano An electric piano (e-piano) is an electric musical instrument whose popularity started in the late 1960s, was at its greatest during the 1970s and still is big today. Many models were designed for home or school use or to replace a (heavy) and un-amplified piano on stage, while that was stolen from the campus during the chaos that followed the 1994 Northridge Earthquake The Northridge earthquake occurred on January 17, 1994 at 4:31 AM Pacific Standard Time in the city of Los Angeles, California. The earthquake had a "strong" moment magnitude of 6. .
Four months after the former student spotted the purloined piano for sale on eBay, CSUN CSUN California State University Northridge police Detective Sgt. Dana Archer returned it on Thursday to campus music professor Joel Leach.
``This was a prized instrument, and when they took it, it really hurt us,'' Leach said.
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Born in London, the son of banker Andrew Stone, he was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church College, , 40, a former CSUN student, spotted the Fender Rhodes Mark V electric piano on the Internet auction site and recognized it as the one he had modified more than a dozen years ago.
``I knew immediately. That is precisely the piano I built, because of the photos,'' said Stone, now a music professor himself at Cuesta College Located on the famed California Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway), the Cuesta campus is six miles from the beaches of the Pacific Ocean and six miles from San Luis Obispo (SLO). in San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo (săn l`ĭs ōbĭs`pō), city (1990 pop. 41,958), seat of San Luis Obispo co., S Calif., near San Luis Obispo Bay; inc. 1856. . ``Those are the exact electronics I put in, my very handwriting on the cable ties.''
Stone was a 22-year-old CSUN student in 1988 when he combined CSUN'S Fender Rhodes Mark V electric piano with an old Mark I to correct a wobbly stand and add electronic features to improve the sound. Both models were long out of production.
``It didn't really hold well (before it was modified). It collapsed on (singer-songwriter) Richard Carpenter Richard Carpenter can refer to:
Stone made it ``better than it ever was,'' Leach said. ``We were so proud of it.''
After the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, a number of items were stolen from campus. Campus buildings were secured, but things still disappeared, including the 200-pound, two-piece piano, which had been placed in temporary storage.
Fast-forward to 2004.
Adam Ricards, 30, of Lawndale, who runs a band booking service, told prospective buyers that he was given the instrument in 2000, by a man who had a ``small apartment cluttered wall to wall with instruments.''
He speculated that the hybrid piano was some sort of rare prototype and praised its ``amazing a·maze
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Stone contacted Leach, who contacted campus police. Archer, in turn, contacted Ricards and reclaimed the piano.
``I was shocked,'' Ricards said. ``I had no idea (it was stolen), and it had already been bought and we used the money to pay the rent. Now we're out the $1,400, and (the buyer) is out the Rhodes.''
CSUN police are now trying to track down the man who gave the piano to Ricards.
Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663
CSUN police Detective Dana Archer, left, and music instructor Joel Leach on Thursday look over the electric piano stolen more than 10 years ago.
Gus Ruelas/Staff Photographer