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40 years ago I had $6k of Hifi stolen. Wharfedales, Linn Sondek, dynavector ruby etc etc......... Claimed the lot on insurance. 5 years later went to visit an old ‘friend’ , only to find it all in his

Insurance should cover hopefully most things. I had theives break into my car and steal my cd wallet when I was 17. The insurance company said if I provided all the empty cd cases they would help. So

Hi anewmisson,   terrible thing to have your home violated. As others have stated I hope you are insured. If so take your time to list all the items stolen, it is surprising what you can for

Sorry to hear of your misfortune, anm. I had the same thing happen to me about 20 years ago. Fortunately I had a new for old policy with CGU and they paid out handsomely. Stolen was 2×3 metres of Monster cable and an ancient Meridian pre-amp that I paid $75 for. You can imagine my surprise when I got a voucher from them for $3500.

Back to your situation and it seems odd that they took your cds if they were junkies. Because of their regular dealings with pawn shops they'd know they're only going to get 25-50 cents apiece for them. If they are in fact junkies and decide to sell them on ebay or gumtree, pay particular attention to the bulk buys section as selling them in dribs and drabs isn't going to service their needs. Good luck. 

On the subject of pawn shops,is it a requirement to produce photo id when selling stuff to them?

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firstly sorry that sucks
 

Hmm, some of that stuff doesn’t seem worthwhile stealing.  ExampleReselling a pioneer plasma won’t net much.

 

a bit odd, almost like someone wanted to punish you.  Not saying the stuff doesn’t have value, just that the effort to load a plasma tv and then hock it may not be worth it

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1 minute ago, Demondes said:

Hmm, some of that stuff doesn’t seem worthwhile stealing.  ExampleReselling a pioneer plasma won’t net much.

 

a bit odd, almost like someone wanted to punish you.  Not saying the stuff doesn’t have value, just that the effort to load a plasma tv and then hock it may not be worth it


Not necessarily to hock it, they could be crooks setting up their own house.

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2 minutes ago, Demondes said:

Hmm, some of that stuff doesn’t seem worthwhile stealing.  ExampleReselling a pioneer plasma won’t net much.

 

a bit odd, almost like someone wanted to punish you.  Not saying the stuff doesn’t have value, just that the effort to load a plasma tv and then hock it may not be worth it

 

If it comes out easy they'll take it..............even to use themselves.

 

It reminds me of when we got done over many years ago........................I threw a couple of guys I knew out of a party I was having (they weren't invited anyway and rolled up pissed and cranky).

Anyway, the next weekend when I was at rehearsal (it was easy to see when my car wasn't there) all the easy to hock stuff got stolen but I had all my music gear with me.

It was clearly them as they were known petty crims and we never saw them again.

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47 minutes ago, mrbuzzardstubble said:

Sorry to hear of your misfortune, anm. I had the same thing happen to me about 20 years ago. Fortunately I had a new for old policy with CGU and they paid out handsomely. Stolen was 2×3 metres of Monster cable and an ancient Meridian pre-amp that I paid $75 for. You can imagine my surprise when I got a voucher from them for $3500.

Back to your situation and it seems odd that they took your cds if they were junkies. Because off their regular dealings with pawn shops they'd know they're only going to get 25-50 cents apiece for them. If they are in fact junkies and decide to sell them on ebay or gumtree, pay particular attention to the bulk buys section as selling them in dribs and drabs isn't going to service their needs. Good luck. 

On the subject of pawn shops,is it a requirement to produce photo id when selling stuff to them?

Yup

 

Cashies doesn't even accept them anymore, at least I rarely see any for sale in there, and when they do they are like 50c or a buck each if very good..

 

 Normally yes, ID is required.

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On 03/11/2019 at 3:04 PM, Antipodean Brad said:

Do you know your neighbours?  I worked with a guy who was robbed a couple of times, and then asked a particular set of neighbours to keep any eye on the place for them.  They also added a camera.

 

Then they got robbed again  - by THOSE NEIGHBOURS.  Cops got 'em due to the camera footage.  It was them all along.

 Crooks are dumb!

 

Also when I put my alarm in I put a dozen of these all around the house. Regardless of where they try to enter they will be hit by a sign. I’m hoping it is a deterrent. If not they have five seconds to find the hidden control centre, type in a code and dis-arm. In five seconds the informed neighbours know somethings not right. Not only that the alarm will drive everyone nuts inside and out of the house. Not to mention the flashing blue light at the front.

 

Also ours is on when we are in bed. It only covers main areas and entrances which none of have to access at night but must be accessed to get through the house during the day. As soon as there is a breaking it starts to beep loudly for five seconds before firing the big alarm. So once in the house they know it’s going off any second. A further deterrent. 

 

If any sensor is tampered with the alarm goes off straight away.  

 

 

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It's a double edged sword, if you look like you have a lot of value to protect it can make you a target, house proud and lots of security can make you are target more than the house with the unkempt yard and no security.

 

Or maybe you just attract a more professional type *shrug*

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My once American neighbour had a sign on the front window of his house; “ This house is protected with a shot gun four days a week. Guess which days”.

 

The other he suggested was leave an old rocking chair at the front with half a dozen empty beer bottles, a hand full of empty bullet casings, a bear trap and a couple of copies of Jugs and Beaver. 

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My once American neighbour had a sign on the front window of his house; “ This house is protected with a shot gun four days a week. Guess which days”.

 

The other he suggested was leave an old rocking chair at the front with half a dozen empty beer bottles, a hand full of empty bullet casings, a bear trap and a couple of copies of Jugs and Beaver. 

xD

 

Comes home to a Bear in his Rocking Chair reading Jugs & Beaver.

 

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I knew someone that dressed a couple of mannequins and had them sitting at the kitchen table.

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firstly sorry that sucks
 
Hmm, some of that stuff doesn’t seem worthwhile stealing.  ExampleReselling a pioneer plasma won’t net much.
 
a bit odd, almost like someone wanted to punish you.  Not saying the stuff doesn’t have value, just that the effort to load a plasma tv and then hock it may not be worth it
Those pioneer plasmas can still fetch abit in good condition. I have seen them go for 600-800. Even still. And it was the last and best model
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I have not read the 6 pages of reply’s so apologies if this has been mentioned - I would walk the entire street and adjacent streets because a LOT of people including my self have street facing security cameras.

 

Go door knocking.

 

Thats a serious amount of gear, a van or Ute worth - not sedan, if you find camera footage from a neighbour with a large van leaving your street between the hours you were robbed, then start investigating from there.

 

Then the nearest local schools / shops and their cameras, follow the vehicles travel you would be very surprised what you could find using this method, police wont go that far on your behalf.

 

I would also strong suggest that this person was know to you, a friend of a friend....

 

Check FB Market Place - That is a haven for degenerates flogging off stolen products to other degenerates

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4 minutes ago, L@mb said:

 

 

Check FB Market Place - That is a haven for degenerates flogging off stolen products to other degenerates

 

Yeah.............................it has taken over from Gumtree.

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Sorry to hear about the break in. Can you tell what area your in? We could keep an eye out for you if they pop up on Gumtree, FB marketplace or ebay. 

Hopefully you don't get the runaround by the insurance company 

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Sorry to hear about the bream in. Can you tell what area your in? We could keep an eye out for you if they pop up on Gumtree, FB marketplace or ebay. 
Hopefully you don't get the runaround by the insurance company 
Southern suburbs, between hurstville and sutherland
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Sorry to hear your plight @anewmission. Been done over three times in my life and it isn't nice.

 

I have dealt with hundreds of burglaries early in my legal career (in another area for the last 20 years) and met many crims over that time. Drugs is almost always the motive.  In the early 90's CD's were like $5 notes laying about to them.

 

In your case I would be very surprised if this was not planned. The time to take what you have described is just not those type of peoples  way of going about it. They are in and out as quick as , let alone planning to take a vehicle just in case your place is a treasure trove.

 

Put me down for $20 on the tradie's mate's mate.

 

 

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I have all my vinyl over-insured as one collection. That way I don't have to maintain a list. Maybe I should though...

Also, as we have security cameras, our power meter box has an approved padlock on it; so they can't turn the power off to disable the cameras.

This happened to someone local we know.

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Terrible news. There are some very brazen crooks out there though. Years ago I had a brick thrown through my side window at 10 o'clock in the morning and the thief was standing on the other side of the road waiting for a taxi when my wife came home. She just didn't know it was him at the time.

The police said it was all money for drugs. Thankfully they didn't take much that time.

 

Good luck rebuilding the collection. Will certainly keep an eye out on gum tree and ebay for you.

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Yeh I was out for about 3 hours. I had been getting calls on my home phone, when I would answer they would hang up. So the police are looking into that also.

The cabling would have just been ripped out so they could take the equipment faster I guess, as it was going between cabinets and some through the wall.


This is a very suspicious angle to the theft.
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On 03/11/2019 at 1:55 PM, anewmission said:

I should have also mentioned that the neuphonix were a custom order from krix and actually front ported.
Not sure how many of these they made for people

Krix neuphonix mk 1

This bit of information is very handy, helps us keep an eye out on the speakers for you at least.

And, sorry to hear of your misfortune! 

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What is the latest on this? How is the insurance claim going for you? 
Have the police worked out anything about the break in? Anything been recovered?
Nothing recovered, but insurance has be more than helpful. I will however be spending years searching for records. I guess now it's a question of what system I shall build now.
I have a little setup, some bits and pieces I have brought home from my project recording studio.

Luckily I had two yamaha p2200 there which I still think works great in hifi environment.

Just using tidal and my nas setup, they didn't take my nas. It was upstairs.

I had been thinking about upgrading krix to sonus Faber for a while so I might go down that route, and either bryston again or naim gear.
And i need to find a nice chassis to build another passive pre if anyone knows of a decent brand of chassis. The last one which was stolen was a Chinese ebay chassis which I thought was abit overpriced for what it was
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10 minutes ago, anewmission said:

Nothing recovered, but insurance has be more than helpful. I will however be spending years searching for records. I guess now it's a question of what system I shall build now.
I have a little setup, some bits and pieces I have brought home from my project recording studio.

Luckily I had two yamaha p2200 there which I still think works great in hifi environment.

Just using tidal and my nas setup, they didn't take my nas. It was upstairs.

I had been thinking about upgrading krix to sonus Faber for a while so I might go down that route, and either bryston again or naim gear.
And i need to find a nice chassis to build another passive pre if anyone knows of a decent brand of chassis. The last one which was stolen was a Chinese ebay chassis which I thought was abit overpriced for what it was

Losing things in a burglary sucks. It is also a significant invasion of privacy, which cause other issues that have to be dealt with.

Maybe, just maybe, there may be a tiny silver lining to this cloud, as in system changes

I hope that the future possibilities may make your loss a little bit more palatable.

All the best.

 

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39 minutes ago, Jventer said:

significant invasion of privacy

More than 40 years ago for me that I felt this with my stereo ripped off!

I managed to recover most of the gear but the invasion feeling remained.

 

57 minutes ago, anewmission said:

sonus Faber

Fairly cheap Sonus Faber Chamelon T's in the commercial section at the moment ( yes made in Italy, not China). I am very happy with mine, but they love a bit of juice to get them going.

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Fairly cheap Sonus Faber Chamelon T's in the commercial section at the moment ( yes made in Italy, not China). I am very happy with mine, but they love a bit of juice to get them going.
They look really nice, I was also considering some Cremona Bookshelfs as I see them come up every now and again.

I wonder how they would compare. The blue side panels definitely will not suit my place.
Which colour do you have?
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8 minutes ago, Analogueage said:

I'm pretty sure the Sonus Faber Chamelon for sale in the commercial section have the blue as an option with the wood veneer as primary.

No. Includes both! 

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12 minutes ago, LogicprObe said:

I did that with my penis but it didn't look any bigger...................

I have a solution for that but it will be expensive.

Just PM me mucho peso's for a quick fix.

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Let me look into this. Anyone know how they would compare to a pair of Cremona bookshelves?

I'm pretty sure the Sonus Faber Chamelon for sale in the commercial section have the blue as an option with the wood veneer as primary.
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Sorry for the OP, a long time ago I got ripped off by a friend. I know why he did it but I was careful and he didn't find what he was looking for. All I lost was a special bottle of a single malt whisky for my dad, his Christmas present. When the police turned up (they did in those days) they asked me if I was dealing - of course not ociffer😎.

 

But it is just this kind of thing that has made me want to digitise my LP (1000+) and CDs (150 +) collection. The hardware can be replaced relatively easy even my 2 x Kenwood KD t/ts. It's taken me over 4 decades to build up this collection and I've got a lot of LPs that are now worth serious money. I live in France and the response I get from insurance companies is - where are the receipts. Most of my buys were from the golden days of car boot sales in the UK - late 80s-early 90s, of course I don't have receipts.

 

But there is another way to get wiped out - fire. If all goes well I will have designed and had built a fireproof home  ( aircrete blocks) in the next couple of years. 

 

Over the last few years everyone has said that digital will not equal a good analogue system but not getting any younger storing LPs and cleaning them with a RCM will become a hassle. The thought of just a small monitor, dedicated small silent PC, not connected to the i/net ( I have all the music I want) an amp and good speakers is very appealing. Stored on hard disc x 3, one at home, one with a friend and one in the bank means real security and peace of mind and no need for expensive insurance. Maybe something for othewrs to contemplate as well.

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I've started the ball rolling but will have to wait until April for a Warp Drive Portable SSD 1TB or 2TB to go with an Azulle Byte 3 silent mini PC, now a small monitor and choose FLAC or WAV. and a Parks Puffin. It will take a couple of years to transfer the LPs and CDs I want but then a little thingy that I can stash anywhere, including another copy with a friend and my collection is truly secure.

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Sorry to hear about this anewmission. Someone was definitely on a mission when it came to your gear. An awful  feeling of violation to come home and find someone has been there. We had a break-in some years ago, some things taken including a friends play station that I was borrowing whilst recovering from some surgery. However none of my CDs were taken. The cop who came had a quick look at them and said "I can see why there are still here". Dissedded by the cop for my excellent taste in music!

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