Posted by Ed on July 27, 2001 at 14:35:43:
In Reply to: Air Travel with doublebass posted by Max Murray on July 25, 2001 at 08:44:51:
The song was probably by Jay Leonhart, he's funny that way.
There's a small article at David Gage's website on flying with the bass, you might want to check that out.
Also, there's a sub-section on traveling with the bass (van, bus, train, plane)in Hal Galper's Book THE TOURING MUSICIAN:A SMALL BUSINESS APPROACH, he's got a website too.
I would say, from my experience, forget about buying a seat. The seat sizes have gotten smaller (generally, esp. for domestic flights), flights are fuller and they are gonna bump your bass before they bump a living breathing passenger.
There are so many planes that the bass doesn't fit in the seat, if you have to switch to a puddle jumper for local/smaller airport service your bass ends up in the hold cause it won't fit anywhere else. The case is about the only sure alternative to insure
that you get to play your bass.
I was talking to Jim Ferguson (yes he has a website too)recently, he and a couple of other cats that tour pretty frequently were talking about trying to put together a database of friends and acquaintances that play/have nice basses around the US and Europe, so that
you could find a "loaner" no matter where you were gigging. You know, you know so and so in Wichita Falls who has a good playable instrument and would loan it to you for a local gig, he goes in the DataBass. So if say, Peter Washington has a gig in Wichita Falls, he can access the DataBass,
call yer buddy to explore the possibility of the bass being available for an afternoon workshop and evening concert on February 29th (either for rental or for an "exchange of goods" if yer bud ever got to NY, he calls Peter for the same service).
Yeah, I know, in theory communism works...
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