RE: Flying with Double Bass

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by JYD, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. JYD

    JYD Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2001
    I have a chance to perform in Italy this summer.

    I really want to put my best foot forward so I want to ship my own double bass from the East Coast of the US to Italy.

    Any one have any tips , thoughts, ideas suggestions on how to travel the maze of information I have already searched out on this issue.

    I have considered renting an instrument but never know what I might get nor do I even know where to start. I don't know anyone in Italy with an Instrument so I can't ask to borrow someones instrument.

    Anyone have experience with this phase of instrument transportation.
  2. McBass


    Mar 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY
    If you're flying with the bass you need a trunk. Expect to pay about $100/week for renting a bass trunk. When arriving at the airline check-in (very early), expect the unexpected. They could charge you $50, they could charge you $150. If they try and weigh it or measure it, they could even tell you to go to a cargo airline in a different part of the airport and ship it as freight for hundreds and hundreds of dollars. I've had each of these examples happen to me. Most of the time it's not too bad, but every once in a while they'll nail you. By the way, expect all of this to happen again on the way back. I would recommend puting any additional charges on a credit card. You can always dispute them later with the airline or your card company. If you're only playing once, and it's not a professional situation with someone on the other end guaranteeing your expenses, it's a lot less hassle to borrow or rent a bass, but you never know what you'll get.
  3. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    You can go to or call the International Society of Bassists at (972) 233-9107 and get a list of luthiers in Italy if you'd like.