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Flying with effects

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by JimmyM, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    This is for those of you who have fly gigs and travel with effects. Haven't figured out how many effects I'll be bringing on the road, but it will be maximum 10. Unfortunately, that's a lot of pedals to be stuffing in a suitcase with clothes around them. And of course the airlines don't like to make it easy for us to bring more than a single check-in bag (my bass), and I'm not looking forward to lugging 30 lbs. of pedals plus a laptop bag in my carry-on.

    If worse comes to worst, I can just take my VT and Zoom B2, but if I can take everything, I could easily be tempted to do it if there's a good way. So what do you fliers do?
  2. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Lakewood, OH
    pedaltrain pt-2. get the one with the ATA case. out the door at 189.99 on MF. the case has taken a serious beating and so has the board and both are still living and breathing.

    with pedals and power supply it's still under 50 lbs. (i've had more than 10 pedals on there) so you won't have to pay more for baggage.

    also the pedalboard itself is super light so you won't have to worry about hurting your back while picking it up and moving it bent over.

    the ATA case is nice and protects the pedals well.
  3. what he said
  4. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science!

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
    Please see Profile for Endorsement disclosures
    It depends on what airline I'm on. Southwest doesn't charge for 2 checked bags and is generally cool with bass-as-carry-on, so I check my full-size board and suitcase (if it's a long trip) and carry on my bass in a gig bag plus laptop/mp3/player/drink coupons/etc...

    If I'm on a less musician-friendly airline (virtually all of the rest) I'll pack a suitcase & transfer my 'A-List' pedals onto a Gator Pedal Tote. It packs in its own canvas bag and I squeeze it in amongst my clothes/spandex/etc...

    I have had slight pedal damage (mostly cosmetic) and had to rearrange my pedals after rough baggage handling. I've never had a pedalboard failure when flying, though. I always make sure to check signal & power connections before hitting the stage, of course!
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Cool guys...thx for the tips. I shall look into all those suggestions and try to figure something out.
  6. JohnDavisNYC


    Jan 11, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar, D'Addario
    i always fly with my pedals in a flight case and carry on my bass... the pedal train pt2 is great, just served me well on a 2 week europe tour... i know some guys who use the gig bag version of the pt2, but i always feel like that is a little risky, in case they insist on gate checking it. i'm good at sneaking my bass on the plane, but a pedal board would be much harder.

  7. TaySte_2000


    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    I carried my bass, a pt mini and a rather large piece of hand luggage back from America.

    The PT mini is perfect for touring around the world. I've set mine up just for that, the essential fx that combine well and a power supply that works on any voltage.

    It did weight 12lb's when it was in my suitcase causing my suitcase to be to heavy so I can easily see a fully loaded PT2 with some cables and stuff taking up a massive chuck of your weight limit, unless it goes as your second item of check on luggage
  8. jgsbass


    May 28, 2003
    Floral Park, NY
    If you do put pedals into a suitcase, be prepared to have it hand inspected after the xray. Pedals come up on their screens looking like the guts to an explosive device. All it means is the TSA agents will open the suitcase, see a pedal, put a sticker on the suitcase that it was opened by TSA agents and thats all. Unless theres something else in your suitcase. Happened to a guitar buddy of mine twice in one trip. Happened to me once but with a gift that looked like a claymoor mine. They really do x ray all that stuff.
  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    That's what I need at the airport when I'm running late ;)

    Thanks for all the Pedaltrain tips. I need to get one of those. Nice case and it's all tidy. I'm just going to see how things shake out with my board first.
  10. MetroBass


    Mar 26, 2008
    South of LA
    Hatred obscures all distinctions.
    Looks like you have plenty of answers - where you headed? on the road again? and with whom?:D
  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I go out about 3-4x a month (though it's slacked off the past couple months), the people I go out with varies but it's mostly either my band by itself or with Bowzer.
  12. Bwah-ha-ha. What will you do will all that extra space, Jimmy?
  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Store the heads of those who mock me :p :D

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