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Jenny

 

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Going to Jerez with guitar 

Hola tod@s,

I know I don't post here much - generally as I don't feel I have much useful to add tbh.. but now I'm in a dilemma and wanted to ask you lot what you'd do - I've searched the foro and found some useful paperwork and good advice about going by plane with a guitar, but wanted to ask something a bit more specific..

I'm planning on going to the festival in Jerez in March and will probably have to fly Ryanair as I'm pretty skint. I want to get some guitar lessons while I'm there (am researching whether Moraíto would do one!) and don't know what to do:

I've got a Burguet Especial model which I love (gorgeous (muy flamenco) sound, light, low action etc) and which is pretty priceless to me, and I've got an Alhambra classical model 3C which I really don't love very much, to put it nicely. I'll have insurance for whichever I take but the Burguet is pretty irreplaceable to me. And I don't really want to have to play the 3C over there, depriving my lovely Burguet of the chance to see Jerez.

So is there a guaranteed safe way to take my beautiful Naranjita with me, or should I take the other to be safe? I heard of someone who bought an extra seat for a guitar and still had problems getting it on a Ryanair flight though I think that was a while ago... I'll have exactly £0.00 spare so won't be able to buy one over there. I've got a good case - a cream fibreglass one.

So, what would you do?

Cheers,

Jenny
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Exitao

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RE: Going to Jerez with guitar (in reply to Jenny

There are fibreglass or carbon fibre cases, similar to cello cases that are becoming very popular. Best to get one with shoulder a strap or straps.

Can cost as much as you guitar though...

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Anders Eliasson

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RE: Going to Jerez with guitar (in reply to Jenny)1 votes

First of all.

Going to Jerez with a classical guitar...........

I think you can pay Ryanair 60,-€ to get the guitar in the hold and it should be safe

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 7 2009 8:24:10
 
edguerin

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RE: Going to Jerez with guitar (in reply to Anders Eliasson

The official RyanAir policy states:

quote:

Smaller musical items such as a guitar, cello, violin or viola which exceed our cabin baggage dimensions may be carried in the cabin if a seat for it has been reserved and the appropriate fare paid.

cf.
RyanAir - musical instruments

They charge £20 for trasport in the hull.

However, on my last RyanAir flight from Sevilla to Frankfurt in Oct. I saw a passenger with a (smallish) guitar in a gig-bag that went in the overhead locker, and obviously passed as hand-luggage ...

I took my Manuel Bellido to Malaga some years ago and it survived the hull without any problems ...

Personally, I'd book an extra seat if i could afford it


Hope this helps

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 7 2009 8:57:11
 
val

 

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RE: Going to Jerez with guitar (in reply to Anders Eliasson)1 votes

quote:

I think you can pay Ryanair 60,-€ to get the guitar in the hold and it should be safe

I once had my classical in the hold, when all the luggage went walkabout for 3 days. The guitar travelled the world during this time and arrived home VERY, VERY cold and sounding awful. It played back in after a couple of days though. Since then, I heard somewhere that you should lower the tension on the strings for airline transport. I've done that ever since and have never had further problems. A normal hard case has been fine, sent through the "special" carousel with a FRAGILE sticker.
Good luck and enjoy your trip.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 7 2009 9:08:12
 
Jenny

 

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RE: Going to Jerez with guitar (in reply to Jenny

That's all good advice -

quote:

Going to Jerez with a classical guitar...........
Yeah, I guess it would be a bit of a faux pas...

Am too scared to try the hold so will have to pay for that extra seat or try to 'gatecheck' it.. I seem to have been looking for flights for hours now - am going to give up and chill out now. Thanks for all the advice - hopefully I'll have some good stuff to post when I come back,

Cheers,

Jenny
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 7 2009 13:42:06
 
Exitao

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RE: Going to Jerez with guitar (in reply to Jenny

Don't they have some place for over-sized carry-on?

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