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Not again! Another bass badly damaged at Atlanta Airport

Laurie Niles

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Published: September 23, 2015 at 6:28 PM [UTC]

Right on the heels of the mishandling and destruction of a bass owned by Colorado bassist Karl Fenner last week, another bassist Milton Masciadri reported on his Facebook page over the weekend that his 1690 Testore bass was snapped at the neck while traveling through Atlanta, posting this picture:


"Not a good week for Atlanta Airport with musical instruments," Masciadri wrote. "The only thing common is TSA itself. In my case they failed to put the restraining belt on the neck of the bass after inspection."

Masciadri was on his way to Arkansas to give a recital, said The Strad, which also reported that the broken neck will cost $8,000 to repair, and that will take three months, during which he will have to borrow an instrument for performances including an appearance at Carnegie Hall. The good news (if anything about this can possibly be good) is that though the body and scroll were original, the neck was from 1913, he told The Strad.

In response to Masciadri's post, Fenner reported on Facebook that, in regard to the incident last week, "it's been confirmed to me by the airline that it was Southwest themselves and they have taken full responsibility for the accident."

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From David Burgess
Posted on September 23, 2015 at 9:40 PM
My goodness, I hope the bass wasn't traveling by air in a soft case, as the photo suggests.
From Laurie Niles
Posted on September 23, 2015 at 10:02 PM
I noticed that, too! I don't know the answer....

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