Other possibilities that could work well for air travel include:
• BAM Trekking (Compact) Violin
• Gewa Spacebag Rucksack for Violin
• BAM Hightech Slim
• Carlisle Alliance Pro
• Trinity Violin Case
For my daily use (locally), I usually like to use one of the following:
• Musafia Enigma Violin Case (shape: oblong) with Moordian case cover + laptop bag
• BAM L’Etoile Hightech Violin Case (shape: oblong) with Tonarelli case cover + Joey backpack attachment.
Hope these ideas are helpful. When in doubt, please continue to monitor the changing regulations (airline policies and FAA regulations). Good luck! Happy Traveling.
P.S. If you encounter any major difficulties, there are 2 emergency options to consider:
• Option #1: Kindly ask flight attendant if your valuable (small musical instrument) can be stored in their flight crew closet (instead of being checked in cargo).
• Option #2: Check the violin case, but keep the violin (in a silk bag) on your lap for the duration of the flight.
This is a link to a photo of my violin setup for air travel
According to my daughter's teacher who has one, it works well.
Then during boarding, use a shoulder strap (typically included with a case) to hang the case over your back in such a way that it is hardly more conspicuous than an ordinary backpack.
Cases which hold bows are longer than the published carry-on maximum dimension guidelines for most airlines, and different airlines have differing exceptions for musical instruments, so I like to "play it safe" this way.
Within the USA, I always fly Southwest and pay extra for the early bird boarding. That way there is always bin space available when I get on. I have a shaped Gewa case which is very compact and which I use when I have to fly on a different airline, but I’ve never had trouble with my oblong Bobelock on Southwest.
I am leery of calling attention to myself by speaking with a gate agent in advance.
One thing that can help is putting it in the bin horizontally, standing on its edge. That won't help you with the standard carry-on spinners, but will allow plenty of shopping bags, etc., to go in front of it.
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I purchased it late in the summer of 2001, the wedding was scheduled for a few weeks after 9/11. The wedding proceeded without violin music or me. The case has rarely been used (been out of the house only once). (No, I don't want to sell it.)