I have a couple instruments (one custom 30" scale bass, one Strat) that I left in Australia and I would love to get them back to Houston TX - does anyone here have any experience in shipping guitars internationally? I'm looking to find the best way to get them here in one piece without selling my remaining kidney or taking out a second mortgage. I will need to get better cases for them both, they are just in hard cases, not flight cases, and then I need to work out how to move them halfway around the world without getting them broken. I will probably be in Aus later this year but getting them onto my flight home as baggage is likely to be crazy expensive and then there is the thing about baggage handlers wrecking guitars which scares the heck out of me. I have seen folks carrying guitars on as cabin baggage domestically in the US, I think that they get stored in the closet near the front of the plane, but I am almost certain that the Aus airline boarding people will not let that happen: there is a tendency among them to do the 'Tin God' thing and be as unhelpful as possible in general and I don't want to be denied entry with my guitars at the last moment, that could really screw up the flight home. I guess I could buy them a seat in the cabin but that would likely be really expensive and even then I might not be allowed to take them on by some minor authority figure (I have flown quite a bit in Aus, hence my trepidation). The other option is to ship them but I have idea where to even start with that. Suggestions would be most welcome, thank you in advance.