Stolen trumpet returned to Oregon jazz player

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A stolen trumpet has been found and returned to an Oregon jazz musician who needed a custom-made instrument in order to play.

KOIN-TV reports (http://bit.ly/nK1JJn ) the trumpet was stolen from Portland jazz player and music teacher Thara Memory when he was moving into a new condo near downtown.

Partial amputations made necessary by complications from diabetes make it impossible for Memory to play without the custom design.

Trumpet-maker Dave Monette of Portland created the left-handed trumpet for Memory because standard trumpets are right-handed.

Memory made a public plea for the horn and a reward grew to $750 for its return before Memory got a call last Friday from a man who said he found it along U.S. Highway 30 in northwest Portland.

Memory says he can't wait to play again.

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Information from: KOIN-TV, http://www.koin.com/