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Re: Carrying instruments on airplanes - this is cool and very relevant!

The Maurer, my grandfathers, was resuscitated, a bit different for the wear but still the best sounding acoustic I own.  Paul (R) Smith swore it had a ghost in it!  I love it so much I don't play it much anymore, which is absurd.  But it's so fragile.  So only for some recording. 

The 69 Martin still lives.  I gave it to Hayley cuz she asked that when I died I'd will it to her, so I figured I must be part dead already and gave it to her.  It's a great sounding, big throat guitar.  I can still use it to record when needed. 

All of my Qsticks are like battle worn war vets.  But they are still fully capable of defending the country when put to test... if you get my drift. 

Musicproinsurance is better than anything I could find here.  And I have a studio, so homeowners doesn't really cover.  They might SAY they do but when you go to them with a very large shopping list they look closer at their fine print and you're out.  Had a friend who lost a $1M studio that way.  Thought he was insured but wasn't really.   

Canadian insurers are like the banks here, VERY cautious, not into rolling dice at all - like US insurance and banks.  It's made the economy more stable, but it's harder for a master of shuck and jive to convince with a James Brown dance step and a yodel or two.  In fact, Socan, the best deal here, is still a point or so higher than musicpro.  That adds up fast when you try to insure a studio. 

Musicpro, btw, might SAY they cover Canadian instruments but actually don't.  I had them for a couple years, then did the research when they wouldn't send me an email (paper trail) confirming I was indeed covered here.  They don't, but they were happy to take a thousand or two of my bucks per year while I figured it out. 

Jettas rule.  Like a luxury car but without the cost.   

Anyone ever play a Grosh Electrojet?  It's my new object of lust.   

On Sep 25, 2010, at 2:20 PM, William Walker wrote:

I had a 1920 Larson Brothers Maurer and beautiful highly figured brazilian rosewood Martin D35 kaboshed in Puerto Rica (75).  Had an ugly valuable vintage guitar lost in Oakland Airport for an hour, finally showed up in the middle of nowhere, safe in Anvil case.  In Oakland! 

Oooooohhhhh that makes me sad,  Maurers are so rare  and beautiful. was that  straight grain brazilian? 
Theory on the Oakland incident, The anvil case probably saved that instrument from being stolen as the fact it was found in the middle of knowhere suggest some one gave up trying to hall it away.

 I think the very fact that fender guitars have  bolt on maple necks and are extremely hard to break was one reason I have always gravitated toward them. They aren't these precious delicate things Sure you can bend and break knobs and tuners and crack plastic, but I don't think I've ever even seen a strat or tele with a broken headstock. You would really have to work hard to destroy one of those...to wit check out how hard this guy works to break a strat in two, and he's the world's foremost authority. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2rolE9DlbA