skywatch
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Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Sun Jan 08, 2006 10:46 pm

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).

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deltagator
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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Mon Jan 09, 2006 4:23 am

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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BizFlyer
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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Tue Jan 10, 2006 2:29 am

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

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SmithAir747
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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:29 am

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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Amy
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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Tue Jan 10, 2006 6:38 am

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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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Tue Jan 10, 2006 7:04 am

"Do your instruments every fly?"

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

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seanp11
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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:36 pm

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.
 
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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 3:10 am

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,

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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:41 am

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.

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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:36 am

Travelled with drums once. No prizes for those who figured it had to be checked in!!!  Smile
 
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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:12 am

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.

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jetflyer
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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:11 pm

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.
 
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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:19 am

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.

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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:12 am

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.
 
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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Fri Jan 13, 2006 12:17 pm

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.
 
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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Fri Jan 13, 2006 2:14 pm

Couldn't risk loosing my bass...it'd only fly if I could carry it on.
 
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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Sun Jan 15, 2006 3:25 am

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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RE: Musicians: Do Your Instruments Ever Fly?

Sun Jan 15, 2006 9:07 am

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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