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    The train sounds like an interesting possibility, so I looked up some information about it. Travel by Amtrack takes about 75 hours to go from my location to Atlanta. That would add up to almost a week on the train, counting the round trip time. That's not too appealing, though it is a possibility.

    What about the idea of shipping the horn (well-packed of course) by Fed-Ex and meeting the horn in Atlanta?

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    Also, I just checked travel by bus. It's actually faster than Amtrak by about 30 hours, and one third of the price, but I don't know about safety of the horn on a bus ride, and riding the bus is just no fun at all.

    I wonder if Amtrak has sleeping cars on this route. (Actually, it's two routes, because it requires requires a connection in Chicago.)

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    Here's a less-than-ideal suggestion (I got the idea from the way some gigs were booked back in my pro-keyboard days): fly by plane with your mouthpiece, having arranged to rent a horn locally.

    Pros: the cost will be comparable to, or less than, the cost of shipping your horn, or the repairs to your horn after flying; and travel time will be manageable.

    Con: even if you're lucky enough to rent a horn of the same model as yours, you'll still be playing on a strange horn with the inevitable differences in manufacture, maintenance, and overall condition.

    I got used to this forty years ago because the grand piano was whatever the hall provided. Sometimes a venue would have a Hammond, once it even had a Rhodes so I left mine sitting in my station wagon (and I regretted it, because there was a key with a broken tine).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsurkin View Post
    Here's a less-than-ideal suggestion (I got the idea from the way some gigs were booked back in my pro-keyboard days): fly by plane with your mouthpiece, having arranged to rent a horn locally.

    Pros: the cost will be comparable to, or less than, the cost of shipping your horn, or the repairs to your horn after flying; and travel time will be manageable.

    Con: even if you're lucky enough to rent a horn of the same model as yours, you'll still be playing on a strange horn with the inevitable differences in manufacture, maintenance, and overall condition....
    Carrying the mouthpiece and renting the horn sounds like a good idea, if a horn can be rented locally.

  5. #15
    Go right to the boss -- email Adam Frey and ask him about local rentals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveBj View Post
    Go right to the boss -- email Adam Frey and ask him about local rentals.
    Good idea!

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