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Let's see you have a $10,000 guitar...put guitar in cheap case...entrust it to airlines baggage handling system....uh NO!
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Did they point a gun at him and tell him to check the guitar? Yes, he had other options.
Professional musicians do not blow off gigs just because an airline employee is being a jerk...in such a scenario, a pro makes the best of the crappy situation, even if there are unpleasant consequences from time to time...
Professional people take care of the tools of their trade. Like maybe not putting an outrageously expensive instrument in harm's way... in a substandard case.
He was accustomed to flying with his instrument in the overhead compartments...had the airline employee followed the new rules, it still would've been safe. Oviously, you've never hauled around an instrument in a flight case...those wheels on the bottom are not a fashion statement.
A flightcase and luggage gets to be exhausting to travel with, unless you have a enterage to help carry things around, and it doesn't sound like this fellow was that far up the entertainer "food-chain".
When I have to fly, I prefer to have the guitar in the seat beside me or I make arrangements to put my guitar (only my 12-string Taylor goes with me, and I borrow a six-string when I get there for the gigs) in the Captain's closet...usually, I can charm someone into allowing this, but I'm not above using a bribe ($50 is good).
Whenever possible, though, I drive, take a bus or a train, because even in an ATA flightcase, guitars (and other instruments) get damaged/destroyed by the airlines all the time.
Originally Posted by guitarcapo
I guess he could have just refused to fly and eaten the cost of the ticket since that was the only other option.
Strangely enough, refusing to show up for the gig under such circumstances is a good way to develope a reputation for being undependable and a prima donna...not conducive to ever playing that venue ever again.
Do that often enough and you'll get to say such clever phrases as "You want fries with that?" at all of your next gigs...