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Essex born programmer and researcher at Microsoft's lab in Cambridge. Dad. Opera lover. Keen but shite violinist. Too many hobbies and obsessions to list!


Jul
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awarded  Necromancer
Jul
14
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
I missed this on my first reading but I think your point about headphones holds the key. I don't even need a portable practise device, headphones will plug directly into the preamp built into my electric violin.
Jul
14
accepted Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
Jul
14
answered Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
Jul
12
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
No, BA advised that regarding this specific rule change it would be an issue (though I agree with your reading of the ruling and not theirs).
Jul
12
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
Rather annoyingly no-one at security asked me to turn anything on: not my phone and not my laptop; so I probably could have taken my electric violin through (at least from the UK) without issue. The thing that did cause them to ask me to open up my violin case was the metal practise mute, which looked odd on the x-ray.
Jul
12
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
Indeed. I think checked in luggage is fine (in theory) but in practise they seem very very reluctant to check in instruments as I guess the potential for costly damage appears too high.
Jul
12
awarded  Curious
Jul
11
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
I totally agree that this should be the answer, but current advice from BA is that it will be an issue. Mad.
Jul
11
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
Plus current advice from BA is that it will be an issue :-(
Jul
11
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
My corporate travel folk (which I think Amex provides) phoned British Airways who said that as it is battery operated it falls within the new guidelines, and that if I am unable to demonstrate that it has power I will be asked to leave it behind. My current plan is to leave it at home and take my normal non-electric violin with a practice mute and save up for a non-electric 'silent' violin for next time.
Jul
11
comment Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
Good answer but I'd rather not have to carry another thing in hand luggage purely to keep security happy.
Jul
11
asked Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules
Jun
28
comment Is there any book that consists of notations from various composers and suits my skill level?
I follow this approach, great fun. Each ABRSM exam list contains three pieces for each of three sections from which you choose one for the exam. But if you are just looking for pieces all 9 will be suitable. They also list another 9 not included in the book which you could look for separately.
May
22
comment Recorder sounds terrible with violin
If she plays a scale and you play an open a string drone does that still sound out-of-tune?
May
9
comment Was the viola da gamba or violin particularly associated with England in the late 16th or early 17th century?
I urge you not to do a search on the BBC website for "viola-da-gamba" since for me it came back with the helpful suggestion "did you mean 'domestic violence'?" No, I don't think I did!
May
9
answered Was the viola da gamba or violin particularly associated with England in the late 16th or early 17th century?
May
5
comment Which scores are best for those who are new to analysis?
What does "in res" mean?
Apr
25
revised How to avoid shaky violin bowing?
Grammar and layout
Apr
25
suggested suggested edit on How to avoid shaky violin bowing?