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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 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2168 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 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2162 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 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2136 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, 1622 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2131 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 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2127 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 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2125 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 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2121 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 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2111 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 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2103 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, 7086 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2094 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 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2092 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 6 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2085 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 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2079 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 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2051 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 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2041 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, 3499 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

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


Next Flight: 9/17 BFI-BFI
User currently offlineMoparman From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 411 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2013 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: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2004 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



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