BAM fiddle cases as hand luggage
When I travelled from The Netherlands to Santa Barbara in 2010 I thought I did the smart thing by buying one of those BAM Trekking cases where the bow goes in a tube in your hold luggage and you can take the main case with your fiddle as carry-on luggage. It turned out the case is still a bit too large (approx. 5 cm only, actually). The flight to LA wasn’t too bad but they weren’t too happy with me on the flight to SB (I know, should’ve taken the bus). On the flight back to Amsterdam I couldn’t fit the case anywhere but luckily the staff was helpful enough to store it somewhere in the cabin for me. For the rest I’m happy with the case, by the way.
I’m now considering a stay in Canberra for 4-7 weeks, with shorter stays in Brisbane and The Philippines. Given the time that I’m away (and seeing here is a lively session in Canberra) I would like to have my fiddle with me but I’m having doubts about the flight. I think I was lucky on the flights between NL and CA, but I don’t want to take the gamble again. Does anyone have experience with the Trekking case in airplanes? Is BAM’s Overhead case, which seems smaller, any better?