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    Quote Originally Posted by AQUATOPAZ View Post
    You're missing the very real possibility that your luggage will be lost, and there are limits to the value of any one item that the airline will pay.
    Very true, and I've heard horror stories about it, but in all my years of flying I've never lost my luggage and not have it eventually find me. So I live on the edge. If I was travelling with an expensive ukulele I might reconsider. I did lose my luggage on a trip to Disney World with the kids back in 1986, and it was sitting on my front doorstep when I got back to Iowa five days later. But that's the worst one. We had to buy a whole new wardrobe for everyone at Disney. We still look at the pictures every time we get together with family and we still laugh about it. I think it was the highlights of the trip. At least the most memorable event.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinHing View Post
    Iíve been telling myself to do as what you have done, which is working perfectly fine. But I canít. I know I wonít be able to live with myself even if a hairline crack is made on my uke.

    It was last year I went on a trip after I caught the uke bug. I didnít bring an uke with me. Bad decision. It took a huge amount of internal conflicts and debates to not buy ukes on impulse while sightseeing. Any random uke I saw, I would want to buy it. I had no sense of judgement or reason. I had the itch bad.
    If you couldn't live with even a hairline crack in your uke, I think you need to re-think your plan of taking your Eddy Finn uke with you to Japan. Your uke could be damaged, especially if in a soft case. Airline carriers are fickle as to what people can carry on. And space under the seats isn't as large as it used to be. IF you take your uke with you, I'd suggest that you have it in a hard case or an extremely well padded (foam core) soft case. I'd also suggest that you, if you have a domestic connection, invest in priority boarding so you can be better assured of being able to board with and keep your, well protected, uke on board with you. Normally, even on domestic flights, people are allowed 2 carry on items, a purse like item and a larger item. When carrying ukes, I've has success using a backpack as my purse-like item - where I can have my passport, tickets and whatever else I need to have on the plane or wouldn't check & my uke as the actual carry on. The plus of the backpack is that it's virtually invisible, while on your back - just make sure it's a small to very medium size.

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    Pick up a cheap one through the app letgo. If you're basically just wanting something to play with in your room why not pick up a cheapy you don't care about? I got a $75 Kala for $20 so I won't cry if it's destroyed. Besides, I can always leave it behind if I want to buy a nice one and bring it home. For me though, I'm just taking it for practice in my room at night. I'll be running around all day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    Very true, and I've heard horror stories about it, but in all my years of flying I've never lost my luggage and not have it eventually find me. So I live on the edge. If I was travelling with an expensive ukulele I might reconsider. I did lose my luggage on a trip to Disney World with the kids back in 1986, and it was sitting on my front doorstep when I got back to Iowa five days later. But that's the worst one. We had to buy a whole new wardrobe for everyone at Disney. We still look at the pictures every time we get together with family and we still laugh about it. I think it was the highlights of the trip. At least the most memorable event.
    After having my luggage lost and being told it could be anywhere in the world from a domestic flight, and being told how complicated it can be to track down, I learned just how crazy the luggage system is if something goes wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Greenbag View Post
    I’ve also found it possible to get by without a Uke for a while, when in holiday make space for new and interesting things to enter your life.

    I’m not going to be playing a Uke in the cabin so why not try and keep things simple, and free up resource to have more need things to hand instead, by finding a way to get the Uke safely transported in the hold.
    I like to unwind from the day with my uke, so I travel with it. I purchased a sopranissimo which fits comfortably in a weekend bag, and I pack light so that it goes with me. It is harder to play, but you develop a knack for it. And it sounds great, not like a cheapie, because it's an all solid pineapple.

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    I have an EF travel, but after reading through the post I won't argue your logic--stick with what you have on the uke decsion.

    I'm with LPeacock on the hard case recommendation.

    On sizes and carrying-on --- I use an EF Concert Hard Case in a mesh dive bag for over-the-shoulder carry-on. I've traveled on most major inter-continental airlines, and I carry both my hard case and an Eddie Bauer backpack (school sized for laptop and other travel gear). I've found that in all but the commuter/express planes (i.e. smaller than 737 / A320), I can put the hard case in the overhead and the backpack on top and it doesn't take up any more space than a typical roll-aboard.

    I've never been questioned by airline personnel, but I've always been ready to declare one as my carry-on and the other as my 'personal item'.

    Whatever you choose, enjoy your trip. I loved my time in Japan!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinHing View Post
    Iím planning a holiday trip to Tokyo, Japan in December and the temperature is around 50F (10 deg Celsius) during that period.

    Plan to visit the Kiwaya museum and some uke shops as I heard that Japan is the second home to ukulele other than Hawaii. So, Yeah!

    So of course I need to have my ukulele with me for daily practices. And hereís the problem, all my ukes are full solid wood. Granted that the uke is only played indoors in the hotel. The only outdoor exposure to between airport to the hotel and itís in a gigbag.

    So is there really a need to get a travel uke such as the flight travel uke, a solid top uke with everything else ABS plastic? I would most likely not use it after the trip and is such a waste of money. Iím thinking of bringing my Eddy Finn (solid Mahogany) soprano uke for the trip. Would it be dumb to do so?
    If you want to travel and not worry about it IMHO get the Outdoor Ukulele after many reviews. I almost bought one but for reasons of my own decided not to get a travel one all together; at least for now.

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    Thanks for all the responses! This is such a great community that’s so willing to share invaluable information.

    I have measured my gig bag and the linear dimensions is well within the airline regulations. But the length is poking 2 inches more of the stated 22”. Heard that they are typically ok if fulfilling the linear dimensions requirement.

    The gigbag does have padding all around but I would most probably wrap a thick jacket around the uke as well for extra protection. The thought of getting a cheap uke did cross my mind and I struggled for a while. I went around playing some cheap ukes and I realised I still want to play a relatively good uke even for that half hour play in the hotel room.

    Getting a good quality (maybe expensive) travel uke is not likely to happen for me, for the sake of my married life. Haha.. by the way, I should be planning out the itinerary for the trip instead and not indulge in discussion of having an ukulele to fool around with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinHing View Post
    Thanks for all the responses! This is such a great community that’s so willing to share invaluable information.

    I have measured my gig bag and the linear dimensions is well within the airline regulations. But the length is poking 2 inches more of the stated 22”. Heard that they are typically ok if fulfilling the linear dimensions requirement.

    The gigbag does have padding all around but I would most probably wrap a thick jacket around the uke as well for extra protection. The thought of getting a cheap uke did cross my mind and I struggled for a while. I went around playing some cheap ukes and I realised I still want to play a relatively good uke even for that half hour play in the hotel room.

    Getting a good quality (maybe expensive) travel uke is not likely to happen for me, for the sake of my married life. Haha.. by the way, I should be planning out the itinerary for the trip instead and not indulge in discussion of having an ukulele to fool around with.
    I wouldn't worry so much about the gig bag's precise dimensions but more about whether it is protective enough.

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    I flew from Salt Lake City to LA for a uke festival last year. My uke was in a Gator gig bag. Gator bags are pretty beefy as gig bags go. I flew Delta and they exclude small musical instruments from the carry-on dimensions. I have a leg disability, so I pre-board. I had no problems.

    This year I am flying SLC to Tampa for TBUG and a family visit. I’m bringing my Blackbird Clara (yes, it’s $$$$, but travel is why I bought it). I have a Gator bag for it, which I’d prefer over a hard case. But now I’m debating about a hard case for carry on/flight. I could always carry it on in a hard case & pack the Gator bag in my checked bag stuffed with clothes. Or maybe figure out how to make the hard case fit in a rucksack. The Gator bag is so much easier to deal with as a backpack. I have a few months to ponder this before my trip.
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