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Stephen Morris, pictured playing his violin, said losing it was like "having my arm cut off"
A violinist says he is "devastated" after leaving his 310-year-old instrument worth
Mr Morris urged anyone who found the violin, which he bought in 2003 and described as "a piece of history", to "please return it".
'Only its custodian'
"It's devastating to lose it and quite apart from its value, it's my livelihood," he said. "I was really only its custodian - one of many people who have played it - and I had hoped to pass it on to another violinist eventually."
The violin, pictured here, had recently been restored
Mr Morris, from Sydenham, London, had to borrow another violin from his wife Sarah Sexton, also a professional musician, for performances in Manchester and Leeds at the weekend."According to my colleagues playing this other violin hasn't affected my performance, but it was like having my arm cut off," he said."The way my instrument responds is like having a limb - your hand and brain know exactly where to go when playing."
The violin was inside a white case when it was left on the train
Tecchler was part of the renowned Roman School of Violin Making in the 17th Century and was considered to be the institution's leading violin and cello maker.The instrument had recently been restored and was in a white case when it was left on the train. It was also marked with Tecchler's name.Mr Morris had been on the 22:58 London Victoria to Orpington service on Tuesday when he lost the instrument.He said he had been told by BTP they would be looking through CCTV to see if anyone left the train with the violin.
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The violin is also marked with Tecchler's name
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