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Travelling Fight

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There are many reasons to love Facebook, but I suspect the reason it's been so popular (besides, of course, Scrabulous) is that it connects you with those folks that brought a little joy into your life, with whom you've inevitably lost touch. I've been able to reconnect with a couple of folks I went to conservatory with many (MANY) years ago, and I received this wall post from my long-lost friend, bassist Mat Fieldes, a couple of weeks ago. "Just got back from Vegas playing with Barry Manilow on his hallmark Christmas album.....! US Airlines(redacted) destroyed my bass — neck separated from body!"

Ahh... the pains of traveling with a difficult instrument. I was a violist, so it was much less of an issue for me, but everybody who's ever played in an orchestra has heard the horror stories of bassists, cellists, harpists. ("I saw them throw my Guarnieri on the back of the luggage truck!") This time of year, I'll bet there are a lot of musicians traveling — not to mention all the unmusical folks who happen to be packing their unwieldy — and perhaps fragile — Christmas loot on a plane. Share the pain — what's your luggage horror story?