Do I really need a shockmount case for air travel?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by silentrage, Dec 19, 2009.


  1. silentrage

    silentrage Member

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    Anyone travel with their amp(s)?
    I'm wondering if shockmount ATA case is necessary, they're about 40% heavier than similarly sized non-shockmount cases, so I'm trying to avoid them if possible. [​IMG]
     
  2. GT100

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    While I've never traveled with my amp I can tell you that the airlines have no problem destroying say a standard Fender guitar case (plastic with aluminum trim).

    If your amp is a "special one" than I would go the extra mile...

    Lloyd
     
  3. KGWagner

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    I've never travelled with an amp, but I've spent enough time on air transport to know that you never put anything through baggage that you're attached to at all unless it's very securely packed. Actually, it's not the baggage handlers themselves that are so brutal, although they can be. it's all the automation involved with the materials handling systems in the terminals. Those things are unforgiving and undiscerning. It's mostly skate and tube powered roller conveyor with all kinds of diverters, gap stretchers, stops, branches, etc. By the time a box gets from the bowels of the plane to the baggage claim area, it's seen the equivalent of a couple miles of really bad road. Oddly enough, softsided bags fare better than hardshell cases, but only if the stuff inside the bags is soft, too. That leaves guitars, amps, and other instrumentation out.
     
  4. silentrage

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    Thanks guys, so in your opinion what should I do with my amp. Lots of foam and peanuts padding in a paper shipping box? or shockmount rack case?

    I was told for some airlines you could request fragile packages to go through the human channel, instead of automated channel, anyone have experience with that?
     
  5. KGWagner

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    Heavy corrugated cardboard containers with foam/peanut packing is fine for a trip or two. After all, that's how they get here from China and make it to the various distribution points. If the manufacturer (who has warranty liability) isn't worried about it, why should you be? But, those boxes have a limited life. If you're going to be moving the amp all the time you probably want a hardshell case with reinforced seams and corners.
     
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