Cello Flight Case Rental
If you are planning on travelling by plane with your cello, there are a few things to think about before heading off to the airport; one of which is having the right cello case to transport it in.
To ensure that your cello and bow have the safest journey possible, we have a GEWA Pure hard case and BAM flight cover available to rent. Please find information on the cello case & flight cover below, along with pricing and some frequently asked questions on travelling by plane with a cello.
Please be sure to read the full list of terms and conditions before hiring. It is important to note that The Sydney String Centre is not responsible for any loss or damage that may happen to your instrument or bow whilst inside or outside the cello case or flight cover. We strongly encourage you to seek your own insurance for your instrument and bow before leaving the store.
Currently, we only have the one cello case and flight cover available to rent, so it is recommended that you make a reservation as soon as you know your travel dates. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability.
GEWA Pure Hard Case:
Weighing only 3.75 kg, the GEWA Pure cello case is made from a durable ABS carbon composite material that is both lightweight and strong. It comes with two detachable padded backpack straps and a soft leather handle that is comfortable to hold and easy to grip.
Inside, your instrument rests on a series of shock absorbing foam pads, that keep your cello perfectly suspended to minimise damage from knocks and bumps. There are two bow holders and a large accessories pouch to store all your bits and pieces.
BAM Flight Cover:
The Bam Flight Cover is a large shell that goes over a hard case to increase protection of your instrument, bow and case when travelling by plane. The outer shell is made from shock absorbing and extremely strong elastomer ABS, assembled with a strong nylon fabric strip. The interior consists of an extra thick layer of high density polyurethane foam that protects the cello and case against shocks. For easy transportation the case has three removable handles around the neck and heavy duty wheels.
The shell is specifically made to fit over Bam and other slimline cases such as the GEWA Pure Case, so if you are wanting to rent out the Flight Cover on its own it is always best to bring your case in to see if the bam flight case will fit over the top of your existing case.
WEIGHT : 9.1 kg
INSIDE DIMENSIONS : 138.5 x 53.5 x 35 cm
OUTSIDE DIMENSIONS : 137 x 53.5 x 43 cm
If your current case it too large to fit inside the BAM Flight Cover you may have to rent the GEWA Pure Case as well or, alternatively we have a large, heavily padded flight cover that may work with your current case. When you come into the store with your cello, we can help you choose the most suitable option. As you can see in the photos below, the heavily padded bag is able to fit a Hiscox Case. Rental pricing is the same as the BAM Flight Cover.
The BAM Cello Flight Case Cover is available to rent on its own or as a package with the GEWA Pure cello case. The GEWA Pure hard case is not available to rent on its own as it is unsuitable for plane travel without the flight cover.
GEWA Pure Case with Bam Flight Cover:
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Bam Flight Cover on its own OR Heavily Padded Blue Flight Bag (if you have your own hard case that will fit inside):
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Travelling by Plane with a Cello
- Will I be charged extra for checking in an instrument? – Because a cello is so large, you will either need have to check it in as additional baggage or buy an extra plane seat for it. Each airline has their own set of rules, requirements and charges for checked baggage so it is important to check on the airline’s website for details. Below are the links to bulky or larger baggage for a few major airlines:
- British Airways
- Virgin Australia
- Virgin Atlantic
- Cathay Pacific
- Tiger Airways
- Jet Star
- How do I prepare my cello for travelling? – There is a certain way to pack up your cello safely for travelling. If it is in the cargo hold of a plane it can be subject to bumps and knocks which can affect the set-up of the instrument. If your bridge gets knocked down, not only can the tailpiece fall down onto the instrument and damaged the belly of your cello, but the sound post can collapse as well. To prevent this from happening, roll up some small towels (or shirts) and place them under the strings on either side of the bridge. The towels will support the bridge if it sustains a knock.
If your cello has soft varnish, putting the t-shirts or towels in to support the bridge may damage the varnish on your instrument. If this is the case we recommend wrapping the strings, bridge and tailpiece with bubble wrap, making sure that nothing is rubbing up against your instrument. If you are unsure, then please use this method.
- Your cello should be packed up in one of our recommended air travel cases. We do not recommend loosening the tension of the strings as it may cause the bridge and soundpost to fall over.
- Will I need to purchase a new case? – There are only a few cello cases that we recommend for air travel, and even then, the safety of your cello in a plane cargo hold is not guaranteed. The hiscox cello case is made from durable ABS plastic and has a steel rim around the opening which limits the flex in the case. This is probably the most affordable option if you are looking to purchase a case. A more reliable but more expensive option is the bam flight cover; this is a cover that goes over your original case. This case is specifically made to fit over Bam and other slimline cases, so it is always best to bring your case in to see if the bam flight case will fit over the top of your existing case. In any case, (pun intended) we cannot guarantee the safety of your instrument or bow when travelling by any means of transportation and you should always insure your instrument and bow before travelling.