(WITI/CNN) – A stolen violin worth millions has been on quite an adventure, but it is finally back in its owners hands.
On Monday, Frank Almond will play the instrument in his first concert since it was recovered.
The Lipinski Stradivarius casts a spell in the experienced hands of concert master Frank Almond.
An informal rehearsal in front of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra is Almond's first time playing the Stradivarius for an audience since Almond was attacked and the violin stolen.
"It's like losing something you're really close to and when you get it back it's always different," Almond said.
Almond was leaving a performance on Jan. 27 when the assailants made their move.
"Somebody walked up to me basically and shot me with a taser and I went down and they grabbed the violin," Almond said.
For nine days, Milwaukee Police hunted the violin, eventually tracking it in the attic of a home on East Smith Street.
"I don't think I ever gave up," Almond said.
Two suspects are charged with the robbery.
The incident is the latest chapter in the violin's 300 year life.
"To my knowledge it had never been stolen and hopefully that's an asterisk," Almond said.
Almond will give his first major performance since the violin's recovery at the Sharon Lynn Wilson center.
"It's going to be a significant concert experience because of everything that's happened," Jonathan Winkle of the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center said.
Security of the violin is heightened, but won't stop Almond from sharing his instrument with the community.
"I'm looking forward to just going and playing," Almond said.
Almond says that aside from a couple of new scratches, the violin came back in good condition.
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