Traveling on an airplane with your full rig

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by KeddyLee, Feb 27, 2014.


  1. KeddyLee

    KeddyLee

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    We have a possible opportunity to travel pretty far for a gig.

    Has anyone ever traveled by plane to a gig and had to take their rig? What is that like, how expensive can it be and what are the logistics of getting a full bands worth of gear on a plane?!?

    I think I will be a nervous wreck the whole time.
  2. allanhearn

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    It is probably not affordable to take a full rig. Plus moving it around when you get where your going will be tough

    Better option is to rent gear or have the club have a back line
  3. KeddyLee

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    It's a rush tribute band. Our drummer's kit is pretty extensive and I have a (2) keyboard set up and PK-5 pedals as well, plus 2 basses. Even if they have a bac kline there is a lot for us to bring. I guess we're driving. How long a trip is it from Delaware to CA? Ugh.
  4. tgriley62

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    "How long a trip is it from Delaware to CA?" is a question that depends if your drummer is riding with you, then its going to go on foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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  6. KeddyLee

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    Yeah, 42 hours on the road. Two solid days taking shifts behind the wheel. Long time. Ugh.
  7. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

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    Unless the gig pays upwards of $10K, it will probably cost more to do than it's worth.
  8. Slough Feg Bass

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    oh man, that sounds terrible.
    I've never once traveled on a plane with a full rig.
    I bring a bass & a small pedal board and that's it.
    When I travel for drums, I take cymbals & snare, that's it.
    Don't kill yourself over this man. take 1 bass and your pedal setup. you can load your key patches on anything these days, just rent a Triton or Motif when you get there.
    Tell your drummer to suck it up and rent as well.
  9. KeddyLee

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    Pretty close to $10k. Just a matter of logistics now. Still not certain but 90% possible.
  10. cv115505

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    If anyone has a truck, renting a trailer could be a cheaper option, and you can convoy out.
  11. pipFunk

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    I have no idea about your railway system (except what I remember from "Have Gun will travel"), but couldn't you do the journey by train and freight the rig?
  12. tgriley62

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    I don't think our passenger train service has changed much since then :p
  13. Modulator

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    You might be better off trying to advance ship the pieces that can't be rented so that they arrive prior to the gig. Still kind of risky and potentially nerve wracking, but probably infinitely less expensive, assuming that the airline would even take your gear.

    I moved from a 30 pound 8 space rack to a Genz Shuttle 9.0 and a pedalboard specifically due to fly in gigs. I bring my bass, head, and essential pedals and borrow or rent a decent cab.
  14. tgriley62

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    I can only dream of a day that I will need to fly cross country for a gig :(
  15. silvertone

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    Where in CA?
    You can easily rent backline gear if you are near LA or SF.
  16. agedhorse

    agedhorse Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Supporting Member

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    Agreed.

    I handle production for a lot of acts that come through on fly dates. Renting back line is SO much more convenient and less expensive. Just bring your guitars/bass, rent keys, drums, amps, etc. For bass players, there are some additional options if you have a compact, lightweight head. Just rent in the speaker of your choice (or at least something you can live with).

    Last Sunday, I did a fly date with Don McClean. Piece of cake.
  17. P Town

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    Don't you mean a piece of pie?
  18. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

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    Easy, I've seen some nasty stuff that one can do with a pie :smug:
  19. agedhorse

    agedhorse Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Supporting Member

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    Point well taken... Ba-da-boom
  20. zontar

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    For authenticity the drummer should ride out on a motorcycle.
  21. Michedelic

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    If you're coming in to play anywhere in the greater LA/SoCal area, check with these people, music gear freight is pretty much all they do---
    http://www.rockitcargo.com/content.asp?utm_nooverride=1&gclid=CIGImsbz9rwCFYZAMgodXxwAeQ

    As stated earlier, renting from SIR or whoever is probably the best way for large stuff like speakers/amps, but I understand about the more personal stuff like keys/modules/basses/FX etc. You have road cases, yes? I hope you're getting paid well for this gig!

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