The Dresden concertmaster Yuki Manuela Janke got her violin back last night, she has told the Japan Times. Customs officials told her she should have gone through a different channel. Failure to do so has cost her two weeks of worry and inaction while her precious instrument was held for ransom at Frankfurt Airport with a 1.5 million Euro fine on its bridge.
‘I’m relieved as the instrument has been returned,’ said Ms Yanke, 26. ‘I’d like to concentrate on my performance now with the concert season already under way.’
And quite right too. Her fracas is over. But other musicians, especially those of Asian origin, are advised to avoid Frankfurt airport until the Customs procedures are clarified and the over-diligent officers are pensioned off.