what if you really have to fly with your harp?

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    unknown-user on #164519

    Hallo everyone, I’m new to the forum, and this is my question: what if you really HAVE to take your 34 string celtic harp on a plain? Is there any way you might know of to do it? My teacher once took her harp all the way from Italy o Japan, but now she can’t recall what she did for the plain, she said she didn’t took care of it personally, so she’s not sure…She had some sort of insurance, don’t know. Anyone knows something about it? Another question: I’m thinking about getting a Ravenna 26 (now that I know where to get it in Europe) for outdoor, festivals ecc…Can it fit on the plain with your hand luggage? I travel a lot by plain, but I never sow a Ravenna 26 for real…I know they are very popular in the US, but it’s a new thing to me.

    Thanks a lot, happy harping everyone!


    Audrey Nickel on #164520

    A Ravenna 26 will not fit on the plane with your hand luggage.

    erin-wood on #164521

    I have carried my FH26 on the plane.

    Audrey Nickel on #164522

    I don’t know if there’s a size difference between the FH and the Ravenna, but I’ve done a lot of flying, and have yet to see an airliner bin my Ravenna would fit in.


    unknown-user on #164523

    I’ve flown several times with my harp, a 30 string Irish.

    Audrey Nickel on #164524

    Here are the dimensions of my Ravenna in its case, if that helps:

    Height (from base to the highest point of the neck): 40″

    Width (at widest point, measuring from the front of the neck back to the back of the sound box): 23 1/2 “

    Width of base (an issue if you lay it on its side): 14″

    Approximate weight: 15 pounds/33 kg

    Unfortunately, I don’t have a measuring tape that includes metric measurements, and it’s been a long time since school, but perhaps someone else can put the dimension measurements into metric for you.

    If you go to the airline’s website, they should be able to tell you what the size limitations are for carry-on.

    Audrey Nickel on #164525

    I did a search on “carry-on luggage” and found this site:


    One thing to take note of, which the above site mentions, is that carry-on may be restricted based on number of passengers and the individual airplane’s space allocation.

    unknown-user on #164526

    Hallo again,

    thanks everyone for your input. It’s great to know that somebody
    actually made it on the plain with the harp. Erin, I checked the
    Ravenna 26
    dimensions and they are pretty much the same as the FH you have, the
    harp case is the same anyway, so that’s encouraging! It’s a gooid idea
    to have someone there at the airport ready to take the harp, just in
    case you can’t take it with you.

    Stephen, that’s very interesting that you could fly with your 30
    strings harp and I have some questions, but first let me say, funny
    story about your performance at the airport *LOL*! I’ll keep that in
    mind! Questions: the fact that it happened at the gate, means you took
    your harp as hand baggege? Where did they put it on the plain? Could
    you do this on different airlines? Is the harp case a hard or soft one?

    Audrey thanks a lot for all the infos and links you provieded, you
    seem pretty sure the Ravenna “can’t fly”. All the airports I’ve seen so
    far in Europe don’t have any place

    unknown-user on #164527

    Hey, Micky

    Audrey Nickel on #164528

    According to the link I posted, the Ravenna would not be allowed as hand luggage on any American airline.

    bernhard-schmidt on #164529

    Hallo Audrey,

    you wrote several times that your Ravenn is 15 Pounds/33Kg

    This can’t be right.

    unknown-user on #164530

    thanks for the note Bernhard, yes you’re right, I know the Ravenna 26 is about 6,5 kg according to my harp dealer
    (though any site I check has a slightly different opinion). Anyway,
    Audrey, I don’t have a way with numbers at all, so if I had to convert
    from kg to enything else on the spot, I know I’d be very wrong, so
    don’t worry 🙂

    unknown-user on #164531

    enything else

    Off topic, I know, but is that spellcheck box working? Doesn’t look like it is…Numbers are not my only problem hehe 😛

    Audrey Nickel on #164532

    You’re right…I always get the conversion backwards.

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #164533

    Spellcheck does not catch words that sound alike but are spelled differently.

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