Adaptistration reader Brad in New Jersey took the time to send in an intriguing observation and offer a suggestion regarding the Axelrod Instruments purchased by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
“My wife and I maintain a large collection of wines and once we discovered that a few cases of what we thought were a particular wine turned out to be phony, the seller just used counterfeit labels. In that case we ended up filing a lawsuit against the seller and, eventually, got most of our money back.
After reading the report and your articles I’m wondering why the [New Jersey] Symphony didn’t go right back to Axelrod and demand their money back after the reports that some of the instruments were, in all probability, fakes.”
Brad brings up a good question and I don’t know the answer to that, although I would suspect that in order for the NJSO to demand any sort of restitution from Herbert Axelrod they would have to first establish the instruments in question are fakes, or at the very least deliberate misrepresentations, before they could take any action.
In hindsight, it would seem to have been a good PR move which would allow the NJSO to look more like an honest victim seeking justified vindication instead of a patsy who’s trying not to look like a patsy. However, it’s never too late and we just might see something like that transpire over the next few months.