'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Flight Case Vs Burkha

Our thoughts have turned to travel as Robin is preparing to go away late next week. The main concern these days is the safety of the guitar.
For the past 30 years he has always taken it into the cabin when flying as it fits nicely into the overhead locker.
However, all that changed with the new rules.
If you remember we had a huge panic here, locating a second flight case that goes around his original case, suspending it on foam.
This was all done over 48 hours, the new case being flown specially from the USA, to arrive in time for a foreign trip.
It did arrive, and has proved itself many times now, but that doesn't make it any less worrying.
Especially as one of his concert guitars is already away being re-fretted.
I was rather concerned when Robin came up with a new and controversial plan. It came about whilst looking at the front page of The Daily Telegraph that featured the 'burkha bomber'... fleeing the scene of the crime under Islamic dress.
Yes, you guessed. He thinks it might just work, he could carry the guitar under the burkha and no one would be any the wiser.
Alternatively, he would be quite happy for the airport authorities to x-ray the guitar, as they always used to, and take it on board. It's hardly a dangerous weapon, well, not in his hands anyway.

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