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#61 JoT

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 11:39 PM

View Posterisu, on Feb 9 2011, 11:02 AM, said:

Hi guys,

Just reviving this thread a little! I have a gig in Barcelona soon flying with Iberia and I'm going to buy a Hiscox hardcase to check-in my jazz bass with. I've heard the recommendations of don't lock the case but do put bubble wrap/old clothes in the case for protection and also to de-tune the neck.

But what about travel insurance incase the bass gets damaged/lost?

I've been looking around and see there are travel insurance for baggage and I've found Tesco to be the cheapest at just 6 for a single trip! Should I go with this? Or should I go with music instrument insurance specialists such as Musicguard? I'm not sure if you can cancel Musicguard after a month? It's really just a one off trip I'm doing so won't Musicguard it annually.

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Basically, NO - do not go with Tesco or any non specialist insurer, as they will exclude musical instruments from any cover in any event. Stick to specialists.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 03:01 PM

I'm going to fly with Ryanair to London next week, and I've bought my bass an extra seat to have it with me.. and my question is - can I have things like cable, strap, etc in my gig bag to bring into the plane?

The thing is I don't have checked-in baggage, so if I'm not permitted to bring that crap along with me, they gonna stay at home..
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 03:08 PM

View PostFaithless, on Feb 23 2011, 03:01 PM, said:

I'm going to fly with Ryanair to London next week, and I've bought my bass an extra seat to have it with me.. and my question is - can I have things like cable, strap, etc in my gig bag to bring into the plane?

The thing is I don't have checked-in baggage, so if I'm not permitted to bring that crap along with me, they gonna stay at home..
Done it many times over the years. They are not restricted items. Shouldn't be a problem.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 09:14 PM

Thanks Steve, much appreciated :)
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Posted 18 March 2011 - 10:11 AM

View PostOmeDunk, on Feb 18 2011, 10:08 PM, said:

In July I will be gigging in Belfast.
So I'll be flying from Amsterdam with EasyJet.

Do you guys have any experience with taking the neck off the bass and transport it in two parts in your regular luggage?

I'm in a similar situation - got a gig in Germany and thinking about taking the neck off my bass and putting it in my suitcase. Good idea? Bad idea? Any input gratefully received.
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 08:25 AM

Just got home after a spell in London. Flew with British Airways there and back with my backup Ibanez in a gigbag.

Stockholm to London - made sure I was one of the first on the plane. I asked to put it in the cupboard at the front. Crew seemed bewildered, but let me do it. No problems.

London to Stockholm - I was asked at Heathrow to get on the plane first, but was told I would have to have my bass put in the hold. "Basses don't survive in the hold," I said, "but pushchairs do," I added, motioning to the six or so pushchairs also getting on the plane. She said she would do what she could. I go down to the plane where I tell the crew that I have been told to have it put in the hold. I express my concern; the achingly beautiful stewardess puts it in the cupboard. "There, now it won't be smashed in the hold."

I have always considered British Airways to be good. They state on their website that a "guitar-shaped instrument" can go on the plane and not count as part of your hand luggage allowance.
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Posted 16 May 2011 - 09:48 AM

Hey, Musicians Union have the best advise on these sorts of things ; )

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 03:14 PM

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 09:08 PM

Hey guys, a few questions as its my first time flying with a bass as I may be buying a new 1 in the states next week. First of all I am looking at a g and l l2000 tribute and was hoping you guys could recommend me a good hard case to transport it in and help survive the flight but still be usable for taking the bass to college. Also what other tips other than getting a hard case would you recommend to help me make sure the bass survives the flight.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 10:00 PM

View PostJoshL, on Jul 25 2011, 10:08 PM, said:

Hey guys, a few questions as its my first time flying with a bass as I may be buying a new 1 in the states next week. First of all I am looking at a g and l l2000 tribute and was hoping you guys could recommend me a good hard case to transport it in and help survive the flight but still be usable for taking the bass to college. Also what other tips other than getting a hard case would you recommend to help me make sure the bass survives the flight.

Many thanks

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You might want to consider a Hiscox LiteFlite.
Watch the first couple or so minutes of this video (it's a guitar case here, but I've done similar with my bass).
http://www.hiscoxcas...ucts_hiscox.htm
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 06:24 PM

flew with Easyjet to Berlin today. Two basses in Hiscox cases checked into hold, together 19.7 kg
- the fender jazz 5 and the olp mm3. Then my minimark bass amp as hand luggage. No problem at all.
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Posted 02 November 2011 - 04:00 PM

hey guys,

great thread. as of yet ive always been able to borrow basses when im out where ever i am going to. however soon, it might be a case that my bass is taken along. seeing as its a 79 custom shop definitely could do without it being damaged. will definitely make sure some of the above advice is adhered too but would be grateful if someone could tell me if they've flown using a mono m80 case and how well its withheld it all. thanks!

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 08:11 PM

Just read this for the first time, great info. Travelling to Holland soon for a project so I'll see what Easy Jets take on this is and report back.

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 07:24 PM

Well, I flew from Liverpool to Schipol with Easy Jet, then back again with KLM.

Hiscox case, extra bubble wrap around the bass inside to stop vibrations.

No problems what so ever.

That's all.

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 07:53 PM

That was with the Hiscox case in the hold?

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 07:55 PM

Yes sir.

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 07:57 PM

Excellent news. Any issues with the size of the case regarding excess baggage fees?

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 08:06 PM

None from the Liverpool end, put it on the scales with my back pack and off it went.

Schipol, I had to take it to a seperate booth because it was an irregular size but on either journey there were no excess charges.

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 08:07 PM

As long as it is within the weight limit it is ok.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:56 AM

has anybody taken a bass in the cabin on an easyjet flight?

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 01:09 PM

I've recently taken my Roscoe LG3500 with me over 2 short haul flights (Manchester to Heathrow,with BMI)
and 2 Transatlantic flights (Heathrow to LAX,with Virgin). I turned up with my gigbag slung over my shoulder,
and had absolutely no problems at all.On 3 of the flights my Bass went into the overhead locker,and on the
other the stewardess asked if I would like to be kept in the first class closet.
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Manchester to Heathrow? Ten minutes in the air ? (just wondering ?)

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:36 PM

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:58 PM

My experience was very positive....

Flying Finn Air to Helsinki and back, brought my bass to Heathrow in a proper flightcase. Asked to gate-check the bass and see whether the cabin crew would let me take it into the cabin. IT IS THE CABIN CREW'S DECISION!!!!!!!! Not a decision made by a check-in clerk.
On the outward journey, both the guitarist and I were told the flight was not busy and we might stand a chance. We therefore had our flight cases tagged and proceeded to the the gate. The cabin crew didn't bat an eyelid and let me stow it in the overhead locker above my seat. (FYI... Bass flight case fits easily into overhead locker of Airbus A320!)

On the way back we were told that the flight was full, and that it was highly unlikely... Check-in clerk told us we could try our luck, but that she could not guarantee success. We made sure we were near the front of the gate queue, where we were greeted with, "ah, you must be the guitarists, you will need to ask the cabin crew..."

At this point two things seemed to help...

1) The guitarist with a short case went first.
2) We both wore ridiculous pouting smiles.

We walked aboard and we asked to leave our cases in the galley area where you enter a plane, and went to find our places. On exiting the plane we found our flight cases had been easily stored in a large locker area.

The fact I had a decent flight case reassured me that even if they refused it access onto the plane, it was going to be safe. They would take it from me as I entered the plane and return it as I left the plane, just like a pushchair.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 01:46 PM

 Doddy, on 22 February 2012 - 01:09 PM, said:

I've recently taken my Roscoe LG3500 with me over 2 short haul flights (Manchester to Heathrow,with BMI)
and 2 Transatlantic flights (Heathrow to LAX,with Virgin). I turned up with my gigbag slung over my shoulder,
and had absolutely no problems at all.On 3 of the flights my Bass went into the overhead locker,and on the
other the stewardess asked if I would like to be kept in the first class closet.
I've had people question me at the check in desk on previous occasions,but this time there was no hassle
whatsoever.

Out of interest Doddy, what gig bag were using?

I've got some flights later this year and i'm unsure as to whether they'll let me take my mono case on board.
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 01:54 PM

 JakeBrownBass, on 23 February 2012 - 01:46 PM, said:



Out of interest Doddy, what gig bag were using?

I've got some flights later this year and i'm unsure as to whether they'll let me take my mono case on board.
I used my iGig case. Although I've also flown with a Protection Racket gigbag too.
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:31 PM

 Doddy, on 22 February 2012 - 01:09 PM, said:

I've recently taken my Roscoe LG3500 with me over 2 short haul flights (Manchester to Heathrow,with BMI)
and 2 Transatlantic flights (Heathrow to LAX,with Virgin). I turned up with my gigbag slung over my shoulder,
and had absolutely no problems at all.On 3 of the flights my Bass went into the overhead locker,and on the
other the stewardess asked if I would like to be kept in the first class closet.
I've had people question me at the check in desk on previous occasions,but this time there was no hassle
whatsoever.

And what would have done if they'd insisted that the bass couldn't go with you into the cabin?

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:36 PM

 BigRedX, on 23 February 2012 - 02:31 PM, said:

And what would have done if they'd insisted that the bass couldn't go with you into the cabin?

I'd have crossed that bridge when I came to it.
But on the many occasions I've flown with my Bass,it's only been an issue when other band members have
made a fuss about it by going up to the desk and saying stuff like "we've got guitars..blah,blah,blah". When I've
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:55 PM

 Doddy, on 23 February 2012 - 04:36 PM, said:

I'd have crossed that bridge when I came to it.
But on the many occasions I've flown with my Bass,it's only been an issue when other band members have
made a fuss about it by going up to the desk and saying stuff like "we've got guitars..blah,blah,blah". When I've
approached the desk confidently and said nothing,it's never been a problem.

You've been lucky then. IME the final call on whether you can take your instrument into the cabin with you is down to the cabin crew and it only takes for them to have had a bad day or bad experience with another musician recently to make your life miserable.

Would you have risked checking your bass at the gate and hoping for the best, or would you have decided not to fly, because when it comes down to it, those are the only options.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:02 PM

I'd have to gate check it,but like I said,it's never been an issue..especially with the cabin crew-Smile and
by friendly and you'll be fine. Whenever I've known anyone to have problems it's always been at the check in desk
and never with the cabin crew.The only time the cabin crew have mentioned my bass is when they've asked if I would
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