I've been using a Pelican 1650. It's great! I didn't have the patience to deal with the pick and pluck foam, so I ripped the insides out of my Walt Johnson tpt./flug. case (sorry, Walt) and it fits perfectly in the 1650, with room to spare. The only down side is that this case is just slightly smaller than my bed, and about as heavy. The wheels make it workable.
In this month's International Musician, there is an article advising us to boycott Delta Airlines. But that was written before the latest incident. I have a feeling that even USA domestic flights will ban carryons soon. (They could care less if we are traveling with valuable and fragile instruments.) I think the days of bringing a horn case as carry-on will be soon over.
Buy what you need to keep your horns protected as checked baggage. I hate this........but what is the alternative?
That's the other drawback - having to schlep yet another big case around. I am only one person and have a hard enough time traveling alone with all of my luggage. Between weight and bag restrictions (especially on international flights), I will be showing up with the clothes on my back and my trumpets...and that's it.
Ok, I finally got things measured up for you. My Eclipse Bb is also 19 1/8" long, and my 1560 case is the same dimensions as you listed.
Here is the deal with the 1560 case. The Pick and Pluck foam comes standard with 1" of solid foam around the inside walls, and then Pick and Pluck throughout the rest of it. So in effect you lose two inches of internal length. If I place my Eclipse in there with the bell against one wall (the 1" of solid foam) the bell bow/tuning slide pushes into the other wall about 1/3", which puts the end of the mouthpiece receiver against the plastic wall of the case. Maybe I'll carve out a bit of foam on the bell end of my case, but I do like having that 1" on all sides for protection. We'll see.
Let me know if I can be of any more help.
2015 Bach LT1901B
1967 Bach 37
2010 Bach Philadelphia
1978 L.A. Benge Piccolo
1980s Callet New York Flugel
1960s Olds Ambassador Cornet
Or in San Francisco... when you are headed to Paducah! (don't ask... but you should see the look on a Montreal travel agent's face when you ask to be booked through to there).
great reading your posts!
Leave your horns home and see if Eclipse UK or Smith-Watkins would have some loaners............. (just joking-or maybe not....). If you have a razor sharp tone, they might not even let YOU on board - in any case leave also your Schilke 14A4A at home.
It is rough here right now. Need to get to the airport 4 hours in advance for security. I postponed a business trip to London this week because of the hassle. One full working day in airport security (2x 4 hours)......
I only travel with double cases (sometimes 2) as they fit in the overhead compartments. Checking the horns as hold baggage is always painful for me.
A big case would be ok for the bus tours that I do though.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
Doug Yeo the bass trombone in Boston, has an article on his website on how what he does when he has to check his trombone (which is most of the time)
Per aspera ad astra
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