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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    Why not ABS?
    From experience they don’t have the ability to protect as well as fibreglass or a solid wooden arched top one.
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    RG, it is unclear from your original post whether the straps are needed for the flights or for the portion between flights. Would it work if you used one of your hard cases that fit the Clara and pack the gig bag with the straps, switching them for when they are best needed. This would mean more luggage space, but you could fill the empty case with clothing and other items.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollisdwyer View Post
    Id never buy a case made of ABS. Especially for an instrument of value, Id punt extra $ for fibreglass ( if weight is an issue) or an arch topped wooden one.
    The Clara is valuable but isn't it supposed to be rugged and extremely difficult to damage? Combined with the abs case, how could there be a problem. I'm still confused why something that is supposed to be so rugged needs more than a gig bag? Or is the point of a Clara no humidification or worry about temp extremes necessary? I thought that, except for extreme heat, it was akin to the Outdoor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow21 View Post
    RG, it is unclear from your original post whether the straps are needed for the flights or for the portion between flights. Would it work if you used one of your hard cases that fit the Clara and pack the gig bag with the straps, switching them for when they are best needed. This would mean more luggage space, but you could fill the empty case with clothing and other items.
    Both. I like having the option to carry it backpack style to keep my hands free, both in the airports & at the uke festival. I'm traveling as light as possible, with just the uke and a purse to carry on the plane, and one 24 X 16ish checked bag. 2 1/2 days at the uke festival and 3 1/2 days with family. Casual, with no fancy activities planned.

    Quote Originally Posted by AQUATOPAZ View Post
    The Clara is valuable but isn't it supposed to be rugged and extremely difficult to damage? Combined with the abs case, how could there be a problem. I'm still confused why something that is supposed to be so rugged needs more than a gig bag? Or is the point of a Clara no humidification or worry about temp extremes necessary? I thought that, except for extreme heat, it was akin to the Outdoor.
    Yes, the Clara is my travel/outdoor uke, and it should be plenty sturdy if I protect it properly. I'm good with it in the padded Gator gig bag when it's inside my kayak (in a dry bag), or in a dry box on my raft. But the overhead in a plane kind of worries me. As I posted in another thread about flying with a uke, the massive (yet regulation) carry-on luggage that I saw rolling down the isle of the airplane last summer was crazy. I was all set to go with just the Gator bag until I read that thread. The zippered ABS Crossrock seems like a little step up in protection, with the option of the backpack straps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    Both. I like having the option to carry it backpack style to keep my hands free, both in the airports & at the uke festival. I'm traveling as light as possible, with just the uke and a purse to carry on the plane, and one 24 X 16ish checked bag. 2 1/2 days at the uke festival and 3 1/2 days with family. Casual, with no fancy activities planned.



    Yes, the Clara is my travel/outdoor uke, and it should be plenty sturdy if I protect it properly. I'm good with it in the padded Gator gig bag when it's inside my kayak (in a dry bag), or in a dry box on my raft. But the overhead in a plane kind of worries me. As I posted in another thread about flying with a uke, the massive (yet regulation) carry-on luggage that I saw rolling down the isle of the airplane last summer was crazy. I was all set to go with just the Gator bag until I read that thread. The zippered ABS Crossrock seems like a little step up in protection, with the option of the backpack straps.

    I have the CrossRock ABS zipper case and it' sturdy enough for jostling in the overhead. Super cool looking and easy to locate amongst other cases.

    (And maybe OK hand checked in luggage compartment, but I'd never let a musical instrument go though the carousel tumbler. A Clara is small enough and pricey enough to carry.)

    I also have a less sturdy molded zipper case that I'd put On Top my suitcase in the overhead bin, or under seat with plenty space for feet.

    The Gator bag + Clara would be fine under seat.

    For under seat consider using a clear plastic bag to keep it clean for backpacking.

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    I have that exact Crossrock case. I put my Kala concert in it and flew to Uganda and back a few years ago, including several plane changes. It worked extremely well - in the overhead bin, riding around Uganda on a bus, and a bunch of other crazy African adventures. The ukulele and case came through it all excellently.

    It's not like it was an expensive Kamaka or something, but that particular Kala has a solid top, mahogany back and sides, and sounds amazing. I would have been pretty disappointed if something had happened to it, but the Crossrock case did it's job well. No worries!
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    Thanks casualmusic and Charley. Good to hear firsthand experiences with the case and travel stories. I might just give it a try with fingers crossed that the Clara fits the case. amazon is easy for returns if it doesn't easier. Even easier now that you can drop off the item at Whole Foods and they pack it up and send it back for you.
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    I seem to recall that the Amazon price varied a lot depending on colour?

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    Yes you need a hardshell case for overhead use. Lots of travelers fling their heavy roller bag into the overhead and then push it hard to make it fit. Not gig bag safe...

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    I have two Crossrock textured ABS cases and one smooth one. All with latches. Not with zippers. They are pretty rugged cases. I'd trust my tenors in any of these.

    One of the textured cases I bought from Amazon was absolutely reeking of glue, foam and material. It took a year for the smell to totally go away. I could not have it in an indoor room without it triggering my asthma. (Not a full-on attack, but, I'd start wheezing.)

    The other textured case has a slight odor to it but quickly went away. The smooth one was fine from the dealer. No odor at all. It came with a used Kanile'a K1-T I bought.

    I also have a Kala textured hard case that had no odor to it. It seems to be slightly better quality than the Crossrock.

    You shouldn't have any trouble with the Clara absorbing the odor. Since it is carbon fiber. But you might not want to share a hotel room with it if it's newly made.
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