Instruments worth thousands of pounds were stolen from a small music store in Hertfordshire
Devastated owner James Cockell today said the theft of thousands of pounds worth of instruments was a "major kick in the teeth".
He spoke out after the gang plundered Herts Music Centre, a shop, teaching centre and rehearsal space for musicians, in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
The villains struck between 8pm on Wednesday, February 1 and 9.50am the next day.
The crooks' haul include saxophones, clarinets, trumpets, flutes, piccolos, portable pianos and guitars.
Mr Cockell said: "I'm quite disappointed that the instruments they've taken are not common instruments.
"The bulk of them are brass and woodwind.
Enough instruments were stolen to fit out a jazz band
"They've taken an entire jazz band.
We are a small business so this is tough to take. This is a major kick in the teeth for us
James Cockell, owner
"They've taken them without cases and mouthpieces so they are not much use to the general public."
He added: "Disappointingly some of the instruments are second hand and some are new and of limited appeal so it seems a strange thing to steal.
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"They've taken digital pianos that are a brand that hasn't been launched in the country and they've taken them without power packs."
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The store owner said it was a blow to the business
Hertfordshire Police said they had launched a manhunt for the burglars.
Mr Cockell said: "We are a small business so this is tough to take.
"This is a major kick in the teeth for us."