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BIG INSTRUMENT POSES A TRAFFIC PROBLEM - report

 Saturday, 20 July 2019
[Report]

We are indebted to an old Kansas City Newspaper from 1957 for the following Report:

Oxford, England: March 1957.
An Oxford university student learned a basic traffic fact today. His bass fiddle is a vehicle.
Toby Jessel, an amateur musician, faced the same problem that for years has troubled bassmen.
The instrument is too big to put in taxi-cabs and too heavy to carry.

"I thought I had solved my problem by attaching a small rubber-tired wheel to the bottom of the instrument," Jessel said.
"In this way I could push it along the sidewalks."
While propelling his fiddle along one of Oxford's crowded sidewalks, Jessel was stopped by a police officer.
After measuring the instrument, Police classifed his instrument as a vehicle, and therefore must push it along in the street and stay off the sidewalks with it. Jessel also promised to carry a flashlight to give adequate warning of his approach.

Tobby Jessel was Member of Parliament for Twickenham from 1970 to 1997, and has recently started playing again.

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