well i guess this would belong in this category, but any who i plan on studying abroad next fall in japan and i want to bring my bass along. the question i have is do any of you use a hardshell case and just check in your bass? or have you had luck just bringing it on board with a softcase and having a flight attendent store it in a closet with the suits and jackets and what not? the reason i ask is because im going to have to bring a quite a few bags since ill be there for a year. i know usually they allow 2 possible 3 bags checked in and 1 bag carry on and 1 personal bag. i prefer to use a softcase and carry it on being that its easier to carry since it can be slung on your back rather then a hardshell case. just curious with how the airline people accept you carrying your bass on board. also my sister use to work for the airlines and told me that strings tend to pop/break on the plane due to the pressure so they should be a little loose, any truth to that? P.S. i deleted and reposted this because i mis-spelled the title.