Sunday, 13 June 2010
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Hi guys, Long time since I've posted here (forgive me!). I'm going on a mini-tour to Ecuador this July, ten days / seven concerts. I'm bringing my ABII 5-string and a Radial JDI box. It's an older model (serial 3266) with BlueEQube, FD-3 pickups, Aguilar OBP-1 preamp, two piece walnut solid body, pomele bubinga top, hip shot detuner on B string, wenge board. I was wondering what the replacement cost of this bass will be? I know that I can't replace it exactly as it is since Dingwall no longer makes ABII's in this configuration, but what would be the closest as far as the new options etc. and what would be the approx. cost of the replacement bass? I'm guessing somewhere in the $3800-$4000 range (haven't checked new Dingwall bass prices lately)? I'm checking out Clarion insurance company, in case you're wondering. Are there any other good one out there? I've been meaning to get my bass gear insured for a while now, but since I'm going out of the country it really makes sense to get it. I'm believe that I'll need to check my bass in as luggage since it way exceeds the girth limits for carry-on luggage. To that end, I'm probably going to pack it in its gig bag (ProtectionRacket deluxe bass gig bag) inside a double walled cardboard box packed with the usual foam stuffings. Any other ideas? Trying to stay outside of the ATA flight case costs, although I can get a deal on a flight case being a ProStageGear / PedalTrain dealer. Just don't wanna drop the cabbage for one trip, know what I mean?? :) Many thanks in advance! Xavier
11 years ago
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Not sure what the replacement cost would be for your AB2, but when in doubt, overinsure. That way if something happens, you can place an order for a Z :twisted: On a side note, I've often wondered what I would do if I had to fly with my Dingwall. If I had to fly to a gig, I would probably take the neck off and pad the heck out of it and put it in the overhead. It's really not pretty what they do with luggage. I travel a lot on business, my luggage has never been completely lost, but about 20 percent of the time I get seperated from it or something gets damaged. I would keep it with me if at all possible.
11 years ago
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Spend the money and get an approved flight case. They can be a PITA to hump through airports but it makes sense to have one. It's a one-time investment and you should find that most "standard" bass guitar models will cradle your Dingwall perfectly well.
11 years ago
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I'm doing a mini Italian tour in July and I'm taking my ABII. It'll be in a Protec Contego gigbag, which looks like a regular bag, but is actually rigid. We're flying British Airways, AFAIK the only company that allows you to take a guitar on board - it gets put in a locker and handed back to you when you disembark...easy! I bought the Protec because if I ever need to go the handed-in lugagge route, it'll still be safe...(I know someone who's used it for exactly this and his bass has been fine every time). [url:2smtfsjc]http://www.protecmusic.com/items.aspx?ProductID=410&InstrumentID=5&InstrumentGroupID=4&CategoryID=2&subCategoryID=45[/url:2smtfsjc]
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I have flown allot with my PA Dingwall. US and Delta let you carry on board Domestic flights if it fits in the overhead which on the bigger planes it does. I also have a Gator ATA rated case that I customized the interior to fit my Dingwall exactly. No problems. Very strong and robust.
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Hey guys - thanks for the feedback. I've decided to go the flight case route. Also, I spoke with a Dingwall dealer and was recommended I insure my older ABII-5 for around $4200 USD. A baseline ABII-5 with a hipshot on the B string would be a little less than that but I have to account for the exchange rate between Canada and the US and also price increases etc. I'd hate to see my ABII get damaged or stolen but the thought of a new one is kinda cool! :) I'll definitely chime in with tour pics and my experience with the flight case etc. Cheers, Xavier
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Remember there's a difference between a proper flight case and a great regular case. Flight case: [img:vz6yr3cx]http://www.packhorse.co.uk/flight-case-images/guitar-case/fender-strat-flight-case.jpg[/img:vz6yr3cx] Great cases that ARE NOT flight cases (including the Conego): [img:vz6yr3cx]http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/4/4/2/375442.jpg[/img:vz6yr3cx] [img:vz6yr3cx]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b179/caesarbass/TalkBass/P6230140.jpg[/img:vz6yr3cx] It's cool if you're comfortable with going with a regular case but they don't come close to a flight case for ease of mind while traveling.
11 years ago
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Bought a flight case from ProStageGear (the PS-BC1 case). Should arrive Monday. My barely used ProtectionRacket gig bag is in the Gear for Sale forum! Thanks everyone for the advice.
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I ended up getting a ProStageGear PS-BC1 flight case w/ wheels...feel very secure now about traveling with my AB-II. Check it out! [img:3qe1vooh]http://gallery.me.com/ninzanstudio/100540/IMG_5072/web.jpg?ver=12777797470001[/img:3qe1vooh] [img:3qe1vooh]http://gallery.me.com/ninzanstudio/100540/IMG_5078/web.jpg?ver=12777797400001[/img:3qe1vooh] [img:3qe1vooh]http://gallery.me.com/ninzanstudio/100540/IMG_5084/web.jpg?ver=12777797570001[/img:3qe1vooh] [img:3qe1vooh]http://gallery.me.com/ninzanstudio/100540/IMG_5070/web.jpg?ver=12777797440001[/img:3qe1vooh]
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Snug as a bug in a rug! That's a beauty, and it's got wheels unlike mine! A friendly word of caution: Beware of those corners, they get sharp burrs on them from normal baggage handling, I've been cut a few times. They're nasty, dirty little cuts and make for a bad way to start off a show. That's probably a good reason why rodies wear gloves. Have a great tour, pictures expected!
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