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Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?  
User currently offlineSkywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2185 times:

I was just wondering how many a.net musicians travel with their instruments, or have ever done so. My violin (and viloin before it) has been a carryon on every single commercial flight I have been on. Both included, my violins have gone on DL, AA, CO, and Atlantic Airlines (Honduras).

---Skywatch


------Forever Watchin' The Sky------
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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

Well a viiolin is a little bit easier to fit on a plane versus a bass or tuba. A friend of mine has a band here in Atlanta but had to take his guitar to Chicago to play at a friend of ours' wedding. He had to check it though.


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User currently offlineBizFlyer From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2153 times:

I had taken my flute along on European flights. No problems so far. But, of course this is much more compact than your violin.

Regards,

BizFlyer

P.S.: Mostly I am not afraid of the airlines, but of my fellow residents in the hotels where I stay, when I begin to practise (sounds awfull some of the time...)



Stay belted as long as you can!
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1628 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2148 times:

I am a pianist, but of course, I couldn't carry mine along! I do take my piano music along (my residence hall in London does have pianos in it).

I'm also a guitarist, but I leave my guitar at home (it's just too big to carry with my 5 other bags when I travel back and forth to London for school every year).

I do carry my green violin every time I travel between the US and the UK. It's small, lightweight, and compact, so it always goes with me as a carryon (along with my CPAP machine, my camera, my carryon bag, etc). I often get positive comments and questions from fellow passengers, TSA agents, etc. whenever I carry my violin on a trip--they ask about my music, etc. One TSA agent in FWA even asked if I was going to give a concert right there in the terminal!

SmithAir747



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User currently offlineAmy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

I went on an Orchestra tour at School. Most of a symphny Orchestra in various places of an Austrian A320 to Vienna.


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User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2142 times:

"Do your instruments every fly?"

Nah, I haven't trained mine to do that yet!

Cheers,
Boeingfanyyz  airplane 



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User currently offlineSeanp11 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2138 times:

When my high school orchestra went on tour in scotland last march, I had the pleasure of having my Double bass shoved into the cargo bay of a BA 772. It was in a flight case, but when I took it out in scotland there were new cracks in it. Never again. If I ever fly with my bass again, I will pay for a second seat so that I can keep it safe in the cabin.

That's better than when my brother went to italy a while back, with his youth orchestra. Somebody came back and their cello was smashed up, even though it was in a flight case.


User currently offlineBizFlyer From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

Hello Seamp11,

I have no difficulties at all believing what your write, having seen with my own eyes and complained to the responsible offices about how baggage and airfreight is treated.
Professionally I have to do with the trade of smaller and bigger machine-parts, sometimes more lightweight, sometimes more on the heavy side.
We invest a lot of time and money into packing our stuff in such a way that it can stand up against the cruel treatment it receives at the airports all over the world!!!

It definitely is a question of attitude on the side of the baggage- and cargo-handlers all over!

Best regards,

BizFlyer



Stay belted as long as you can!
User currently offlineXjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2460 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

It may be difficult to remove my vocal cords and have my voice sing properly. So, yes, my instrument has been with me everytime I fly.

XJR



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7092 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2111 times:

Travelled with drums once. No prizes for those who figured it had to be checked in!!!  Smile

User currently offlineFLAIRPORT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2109 times:

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 3):
I am a pianist, but of course, I couldn't carry mine along!



Quoting Xjramper (Reply 8):
It may be difficult to remove my vocal cords and have my voice sing properly. So, yes, my instrument has been with me everytime I fly.

DAMN! YOU BEAT ME TO IT!


User currently offlineJetflyer From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2102 times:

You can't take a grand piano on most planes. So no the instrument doesn't fly but then it's not really mine either.

User currently offlineAlphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 40
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

The majority of travels which I made on tour was made in a tour bus. I would have prefered to take the plane as the trip on bus are often long and exhausting but our manager not  Wink. I travelled only a few times by plane to go to play in another country. However when this opportunity arose I always took my bass guitar with me. The bond between musician/instrument is always special, I can't let my bass in a reharsal local, I take it always with me even if I'm not going to play with it at my house.

Regards,
Alphafloor



Whatever
User currently offlineFtrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2068 times:

I always carry my Bagpipes with me when I travel. Such a delicate instrument should never be put downstairs unless it is in the proper container. Even then, I would still be cautious about doing so.

User currently offlineYYZUla From Poland, joined Feb 2004, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

I have flown with both my flute and oboe in the past to Europe and back. I have never had problems with it. Just had to make sure I had a slip from Canadian customs saying that I left Canada with it.

User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3503 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2054 times:

Couldn't risk loosing my bass...it'd only fly if I could carry it on.


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User currently offlineMoparman From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 411 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

I'm not a musician (play a little guitar), but I am a huge music fan. In terms of professional musicians I have seen guitarists: Pat Thrall, who I was sitting next to in LH business class. He is a really nice guy, and a little excentric as he purchased a seat from FRA to IAD for his guitar. Then I sat behind perhaps the greatest guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, on a LH A300-600 from London to Frankfurt in 1st class. He was a little irrateable during the flight, and he too had a seat for his guitar.


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User currently offlinePMN From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 563 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2021 times:

I've flown with my bass when I've been doing gigs in Eurpoe. I think the baggage handlers must've thought my little baby needed a breathing hole, because after one flight there was a nice huge chunk missing from one side of the flight case. Needless to say I was NOT happy!

Paul



Edith in his bed, a plane in the rain is humming, the wires in the walls are humming some song - some mysterious song
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