Can anyone comment on this? I've been looking at the Hofner Shorty Bass for times when I have to travel by air. Not for serious giging, but for playing with a small "family band", which occurs about 3 times a year. I rent a bass when I do that now, but I'd rather have a familiar bass, and with the Shorty costing ~ $200, it would pay for itself quickly in rental fees. YouTube video sounds good enough. But is it really small enough for travel? It's about 40" long with case. I would take it as a carry-on exclusively. Is it small enough to hold onto, then stash it in the overhead after other bags are in, so it doesn't get crushed? I'd imagine that flight attendants might put it into a closet most times. Oh - and if you know - any comments on how it plays / sounds? I presently play an Ibanez SR400 and SRA550. Thanks in advance for any advice.