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Thread #52801   Message #809599
Posted By: CraigS
23-Oct-02 - 06:08 PM
Thread Name: Tech: Instrument Cases for Flying
Subject: RE: Tech: Instrument Cases for Flying
The method described by Don is also used by Gruhn Guitars, and seems to work well (although Gruhn tend to supplement the bubble wrap and popcorn with screwed-up newspaper).

There used to be a standard for flight cases - they were tested by dropping them onto a concrete floor from 3ft or 6ft high. You could ask manufacturers if cases have been drop-tested.

Even if you go to the extent of buying flight cases, I'd still wrap them in boxes. Most flight damage tends to be digs and dints from sharp corners - two inches of padded void around the case reduces damage immensely, because it absorbs shock.

I hear that SKB cases are very good, although I have only come across one (US rather than UK product) - I would think they would survive in a padded-out cardboard box. They retail at about $170 - $190, but I've frequently seen them advertised at half this price.

A horror story - John Miles on his first tour of the US wanted to bring home a 50s Les Paul. He bought one ($5000, over 20yrs ago) and booked an extra seat for Mr Gibson. Having transported it safely to the UK, a Customs officer asked to look in the case, opened it up and picked the guitar up by the head, at which point the body detached from the neck and fell off...