Safe and sound
Any musician will tell you musical instruments tend to be expensive. Even if you are a rock star, a crushed saxophone will sound like a crushed saxophone.
Here are a few tips on how to keep your musical treasures safe and sound while travelling.
* If you are flying, arrive early, and be patient with all the security checks. After all, a cello case is not your familiar L&V bag.
Remove tools and cleaning oils etc. from the case to make check-ins easier.
* Be warned about pressure fluctuations in the hold, not to mention the difference in weather between two countries if you are travelling abroad.
Your violin is sure to whine about it.
Don't forget to inform the airline that you will be carrying an oversized luggage.
Unless you play the mouth organ!
* Some people pay for an extra seat, and some airlines will not charge your instrument a full fare.
So check out your airline's policies. You might also want to verify the sizes for acceptable hand luggage.
* Request for a seat at the back of the plane, that way you will be among the first to board and won't be knocking people with your case.
* If you don't think your case is strong enough and can cough it up, for a little more than a thousand Euros you can get yourself a fibreglass case. Make sure it can be locked.
* If your instrument is damaged, make sure to report it to the airport personnel and complete a baggage irregularity report.
Claim your insurance, and make sure it covers the value.
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