Saturday, February 17, 2007

dept. of bassist nightmares

This is my bass in its big David Gage flight case without a soft case. I packed it this way in order to keep it under the 100 lb. limit - dirty secret here, it weighs 108 properly packed. I think I will not do this again, since when I received it in Cleveland the case was hanging open, with just one of the hex-locks secured.

Apparently David Gage has reworked his flight cases and cut some of the weight, and also done away with those troublesome hex-locks. They wouldn't be such a problem if TSA screeners knew how to operate an allen wrench; unfortunately, that seems to be asking too much! And at Ft. Lauderdale's airport, you can't even watch as they screen your instrument, so I have no idea what horrendous things they're doing. This is what causes bassists to wake up in a cold sweat.

Thankfully, my bass survived unscathed. Today, bassist Ranaan Meyer is borrowing it, performing with our orchestra as part of his bluegrass trio, Time for Three. They write and arrange Americana crossover stuff, touring all over the country to play it with orchestras. This week they've been commuting between Detroit and South Florida. I first met Ranaan a long time ago, playing at the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland. It's good to see an old friend having so much success - and apparently avoiding the nightmarish airport scenarios that haunt the rest of us!
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Maurizio said...
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Maurizio said...

Hi Matt, your blog is interesting reading. You may be interested in the NACOcast (podcast from the NAC Orchestra in Ottawa) edition feature prinicpal double bass Joel Quarrington:
A fifth of Quarrington

The NACOcast is at:

Brian Roessler said...

Matt, you and other bassists may be interested in this amazing flght case designed by Fran├žois Rabbath's son Olivier. After a number of close calls on the weight of my bass in its trunk, I wish I had one!