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People are starting to hit the road again, but what does this mean for our instruments? In this episode of the Violin Geek Podcast, I'm sharing tips for safely getting your instrument from point A to point B, whether by car or plane. Having averaged 150 tour dates per year pre-pandemic, I also share stories about my experiences traveling with my violin (and the what-not-to-dos I had to learn on the job). I hope you enjoy this episode, and come away feeling more confident, armed with the knowledge and tools you need to avoid any travel disasters with your precious instrument!

Links mentioned in the show:

Boveda Musical Instrument Humidity Control Packs USA Domestic Flight Information Document - CARRIAGE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

United Breaks Guitars Video

Rachel Barton Pine - Flight Drama

Laurel's Violin Case with backpack straps and steel reinforcement (this is a newer version, but it's essentially the same)

MusicPro Insurance

The music in this episode is an original Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen song called "Glory in My Soul" from our 2016 album "Between the Rain." Check out the music video for the song, featuring clips around the CA Central Coast and from our travels here. To listen and/or download the track visit us on BandCamp here.

Happy Practicing!

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Laurel Thomsen

Violin, Viola, Vocals
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Based in Santa Cruz, California

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