A University of New Mexico student is asking for your help after his violin was stolen.

It’s not just any violin, it was one that he made from scratch at the university.

Video shows Elias McEntire singing his heart out for his grandmother’s 90th birthday a few weeks ago.

The violin you see him playing wasn’t store bought. McEntire made it from scratch as part of a musical heritage program at UNM.

“This all can take semesters of lots of work,” said McEntire. 

“So you start with hunks of wood,” explained UNM professor Klarissa Petti.

The program not only teaches students how to build their own violin, but how to play New Mexican folk music.

McEntire said it took him three years to make his own violin, so it really struck a chord a few weeks ago when someone stole it off his front porch near Rio Grande and Mountain.

“We had been playing that night so I set it down and left it briefly there,” said McEntire.

“We just, we really just want to get it back,” said Petti.

McEntire and his professor are now asking for the community’s help to get the violin back. 

“I have an internal label that has my name and the name of the project on it so it’s readily identifiable,” said McEntire.

In the meantime, McEntire will string along with his old violin, and has a message for the thief:

“I hope that it’s in good hands and that it’s being put to use,” said McEntire. 

McEntire did file a police report. He said he’s hopeful the instrument will return to him but if it doesn’t, he’ll get back in the studio and make another one.