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VN73: Violin
Maker: George Wulme-Hudson
Date: circa. 1925
Origin: London, England
Length of Back: 355mm, 14"
String Length: 326mm
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VC75: Cello
Maker: Georges Mougenot
Date: late 19th century
Origin: Brussels
Length of Back: 757mm
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VNB74: Violin Bow
Maker: Albert Fischer
Origin: Germany
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VA70: Viola
Maker: Michael Scoggins
Date: 1988
Origin: Salt Lake City Utah
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Flying with a cello, booking a seat for the cello.

This is a virtual nightmare depending upon which airline you are booking on and who is helping you do this.
I highly recommend that you use a travel agent or call the airlines directly because each airline these days seems to have it's own set of rules.

How the cello is described and the wording used in the booking seems to be linked to the success of 1.) booking a seat, 2.) getting the cello on the plane into the seat.

Be sure to have the cello described as CBBGextra seat or CBBG your last name. If you are unable to find someone to help you the first time around I often hang up, take a 5 min breather to control myself and call the same airline again with the hope that you will be able to connect with a more intelligent or helpful person.

Since a cello is an inanimate object it should be tax exempt, you will however be charged US Domestic Transportation Tax if they try to add any other taxes you should point out that these taxes apply to living breathing human beings. Have the person booking refer to the Rule Book, (sounds like Harry Potter).

Here is a wonderful article written by cellist Gregory Beaver http://cellobello.com/blog/index.php/category/flying-with-your-cello/
about how to travel with your cello, he has also included a link to a petition the Secretary of Transportation.

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