musical instruments

Bernal Saborio G. (berkuspic)

Musician Claims United Airlines Wouldn’t Let Her Board With Centuries-Old Violin

A musician who was on her way to join the Missouri Symphony Orchestra on Sunday to play for the summer season said she wasn’t allowed to board her United Airlines flight with her centuries-old violin. And after an ensuing scuffle with airline staff, her attorney says a lawsuit is likely. [More]


Cellist Kicked Off Plane After Pilot Claims Instrument Poses “Safety Risk”

We’ve heard of musicians having trouble flying with their instruments as carry-on items in the past, but American Airlines is apologizing to a man who bought a seat for his cello, only to be told he had to leave the flight because it was a “safety risk.” [More]

Adam Fagen

American Airlines Apologizes For Preventing Musician From Bringing Violin On Board

American Airlines has apologized to a concert musician who wasn’t allowed to board a flight carrying her 18th-century violin, despite the airline’s policy that says small musical instruments can be treated as a traveler’s carry-on. [More]

Not a Stradivarius. (Photo Phiend)

Stolen Stradivarius Violin Returns After 35 Years

A rare Stradivarius violin that went missing 35 years ago has reappeared, after someone happened to open a box in the attic. Here’s where we get the urge to start searching grandma’s attic. [More]

(John Hanley)

Airlines Hopefully To Break Guitars Less Often As Rule About Instruments As Carry-Ons Goes Into Effect

A musician’s instrument is a precious thing, in both senses of the word: they can be both riotously expensive, and also deeply loved. Airlines, however, have a bad track record of treating instruments less well than they deserve, by losing or wrecking them. The obvious solution — keep it with you, on board, in the passenger cabin — hasn’t always met with a positive response from the airlines, but now it’s official: you are, indeed, allowed to keep your instrument with you so that the airline can’t break it. [More]

Casio Tries To Wait Out The Warranty On Crappy-Sounding Piano

Casio Tries To Wait Out The Warranty On Crappy-Sounding Piano

The piano that Jennifer bought her daughter last Christmas sounds terrible. She’s been trying to get Casio to fix it under warranty since June, but Casio corporate and her local repair shop have excuse after excuse for why they aren’t able to come out and fix it–or just replace the piano already. [More]