Skywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5 Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2864 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).
DeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2858 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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SmithAir747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1703 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2827 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!
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Seanp11 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2817 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.
BizFlyer From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2807 times:
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!
Alphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 37
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2775 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 . 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.
Moparman From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 411 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2709 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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PMN From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 563 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2700 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!
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