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#1679540 - 05/17/11 05:36 PM Anyone fly with a digital piano recently?
7even Offline
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I'm moving across the country for a few months and I'm trying to figure out whether I should invest in a sturdy travel case for my 700NX and trust that the airline will deliver it in one piece, or whether I should forget that idea and just buy a cheap used piano & sell it before I return.

Has anyone flown with their piano recently and how was the experience? Any recommendations for a travel case?


Edited by 7even (05/17/11 05:36 PM)
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#1679543 - 05/17/11 05:40 PM Re: Anyone fly with a digital piano recently? [Re: 7even]
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You might want to take down the measurements and combined weight of an IATA approved hard travel case and give your friendly neighborhood airline a call to find out what the cost in extra luggage fees will be. You might find out that the cost of the case plus these fees in a couple of round trips might be as much as a new RD700NX,

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#1679559 - 05/17/11 05:56 PM Re: Anyone fly with a digital piano recently? [Re: 7even]
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Yes.

I believe I was rather lucky though. It also helped that theJourney was in a good mood as I boarded the KLM flight. wink

The NX is a much heavier instrument, so I'd almost certainly invest in a good quality case (provided the cost + excess baggage etc. didn't exceed the cost of having the instrument shipped with an insured courier).

Best of luck!

Cheers,
James
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#1679563 - 05/17/11 05:59 PM Re: Anyone fly with a digital piano recently? [Re: theJourney]
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Originally Posted By: theJourney
You might want to take down the measurements and combined weight of an IATA approved hard travel case and give your friendly neighborhood airline a call to find out what the cost in extra luggage fees will be. You might find out that the cost of the case plus these fees in a couple of round trips might be as much as a new RD700NX,


Yeah, that's what I'm afraid of. Grr.


James: Thanks for sharing your experience smile
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#1679647 - 05/17/11 08:29 PM Re: Anyone fly with a digital piano recently? [Re: 7even]
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Originally Posted By: 7even
I'm moving across the country for a few months and I'm trying to figure out whether I should invest in a sturdy travel case for my 700NX and trust that the airline will deliver it in one piece, or whether I should forget that idea and just buy a cheap used piano & sell it before I return.

Has anyone flown with their piano recently and how was the experience? Any recommendations for a travel case?


If you are moving why not ship it? Any of the pack and ship store front shippers can pack a piano. You double box it. It's first rolled in bubble wrap to about a 4" thickness, boxed then that box is put inside a second box with 2" or rigid foam. They might charge you but the cost is MUCH less then an ATA flight case.

One shipper I used once, not for a piano but other large and breakable electronics used foam-in-place charged about $100 for the reusable custom crate.

Buy the case if you intend to routinely ship the piano on airplanes but for a one time deal let Fed Ex ship it. and don't bother with airlines. Let the Fed Ex truck bring it to the new location

After all. Most of these pianos were made in japan, shipped to a warehouse then shipped to you house all in a cardboard box. Boxes do well for a few trips.


Edited by ChrisA (05/17/11 08:32 PM)

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#1679655 - 05/17/11 08:43 PM Re: Anyone fly with a digital piano recently? [Re: ChrisA]
7even Offline
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Originally Posted By: ChrisA
Originally Posted By: 7even
I'm moving across the country for a few months and I'm trying to figure out whether I should invest in a sturdy travel case for my 700NX and trust that the airline will deliver it in one piece, or whether I should forget that idea and just buy a cheap used piano & sell it before I return.

Has anyone flown with their piano recently and how was the experience? Any recommendations for a travel case?


If you are moving why not ship it? Any of the pack and ship store front shippers can pack a piano. You double box it. It's first rolled in bubble wrap to about a 4" thickness, boxed then that box is put inside a second box with 2" or rigid foam. They might charge you but the cost is MUCH less then an ATA flight case.

One shipper I used once, not for a piano but other large and breakable electronics used foam-in-place charged about $100 for the reusable custom crate.

Buy the case if you intend to routinely ship the piano on airplanes but for a one time deal let Fed Ex ship it. and don't bother with airlines. Let the Fed Ex truck bring it to the new location

After all. Most of these pianos were made in japan, shipped to a warehouse then shipped to you house all in a cardboard box. Boxes do well for a few trips.


Thanks! That's a great idea. I do still have the original box, so I can probably use that with additional bubble wrap.
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#1682352 - 05/21/11 10:57 PM Re: Anyone fly with a digital piano recently? [Re: 7even]
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Registered: 11/01/06
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Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Yes, I second that option. If you are moving someplace semi-permanently and do not need to use a dedicated ATA flight case, just ship it UPS and insure it for its value. When you are ready to come back, just ship it back. This is the most practical method, and the most economical.

Craig
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