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What do I do with my piano keyboard?


by @matthieudrula | 5yr  | 12 comments

Hey guys!
Thinking about starting travelling but the biggest hurdle at the moment is that Iโ€™m learning and having fun on my piano.
I canโ€™t travel around the world without it. How do you deal with travelling with an โ€˜heavyโ€™ musical instrument?
Do you rent one? Or is there a cool trick to travel with it like sending it to a music school for like 30$ and been able to play there?
I really donโ€™t want to stopโ€ฆ

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@matthieudrula | 5yr

Well โ€ฆ
Iโ€™m going to sell my piano in the end โ€ฆ
I need to make an intercontinental flight with 2 stops.
Iโ€™ll have to pay 150ยฃ for extra luggage on each flight which brings me to 300ยฃ of extra fee โ€ฆ
That sucks but well canโ€™t help it, i might start the violin cause itโ€™s more portable โ€ฆ
And Iโ€™ll be less anxious about the flight companies losing it somewhere. Itโ€™s really a shame that companies charge that much.

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@rbruce | 5yr

I work in IT, actually! Iโ€™m just a bit snobby when it comes to my cutlery. :slight_smile:

Iโ€™d bought a pineapple and brought along my nicer knife in order to cut through it. I havenโ€™t personally encountered any issues, but I decided to keep my knife carrying to a minimum after that warning (from an Irish colleague). I think itโ€™s more an issue if you happened to be stopped by security or Gardai, so if youโ€™re an upstanding citizen that doesnโ€™t look too troublesome, youโ€™ll probably be fine.

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@riennn | 5yr

Haha ! And I thought I had a problem. :smiley:

I want to take my chef knives with me for cooking and they can easily fit my carry on, but itโ€™s not allowed obviouslyโ€ฆ I wouldnโ€™t want to be dragging a 40 lbs piano with me though :open_mouth: but I admire your love for music :smiley: good luck man!

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@rbruce | 5yr

Another caution on carrying around chef knives- in some countries youโ€™ll get a lot of grief for carrying knives around. I brought my nicer kit from back home when I moved (but I had checked bags) and just bringing a knife to work to use in our kitchen got a lot of gasp โ€œyou canโ€™t be taking something like that in your backpack!โ€

Thatโ€™s in Ireland.

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@riennn | 5yr

Bringing a knife to work, so youโ€™re a chef I assume? Hmm and are you talking about airport security and the like, or just people you meet? And did you have any problems with it then?

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@rbruce | 5yr

Hi Matt!
Iโ€™m totally in the same boat as you. I sold my keyboard back in the states and bought a new one when I moved to Ireland because I couldnโ€™t go without. Itโ€™s a Casio Privia PX-310 with stand, and itโ€™s a heavy beast. I want to take it with me when I leave here, but itโ€™s something I imagine I will quickly tire of dealing with once I go nomadic.

How long do you intend on doing the nomad thing, and how often are you going to be switching spots? If itโ€™s not going to be for long (or youโ€™re not moving often) you could get away with carting that around. Those flexible keyboards look pretty terrible, but maybe they could at least satiate you for a little while of practice? Iโ€™d hate to hear that you sold your keyboard on the cheap because you were tired of lugging it around. Just remember that every flight that you take, the piano will cost you an extra 50EUR or more.

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@denispitcher | 5yr

I would recommend getting a USB midi keyboard that you can connect to a laptop and software that simulates piano sounds. I used to have that kind of setup before I was a nomad and the keyboard was quite lightweight. I had a basic M-Audio 49 key one that probably would have worked. They come in many sizes so you can opt for what size is most practical.

It also looks like there are roll up portable ones available, though I canโ€™t vouch for how well those work.

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@levelsio | 5yr

This the standard keyboard for music producers, itโ€™s as wide as a MacBook:

http://6be54c364949b623a3c0-4409a68c214f3a9eeca8d0265e9266c0.r0.cf2.rackcdn.com/453/images/lpk25_web_large.png

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@matthieudrula | 5yr

Hey,
Thanks for the answers guys!
I have a Yamaha P105 so the midi keyboard is really hard to accept.
I have seen big boxes to put instruments inside(199ยฃ though).
Maybe I can find one already used for cheap.
After that rent a taxi to move and pay for the luggage on the plane.
That seems to be the most cost efficient at the moment :s.

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@denispitcher | 5yr

Amazon suggests that thing weighs 40 lbs. Iโ€™d recommend aiming for a lighter option. There are larger sized higher keycount ones (49, 61, 88) that are still lightweight.

The 49 key one I had was like this and it weighs 5 pounds. The 88 key one is 17 pounds. Alot more manageable than 40.
http://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-Keystation-88-Keyboard-Controller/dp/B00IWTS58A/ref=sr_1_2?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1432031842&sr=1-2&keywords=88+key+keyboard

Youโ€™ll curse the thing the first time you have a taxi driver in Kuala Lumpur try to scam you, circling an area again and again pretending he knows where heโ€™s going to run up the meter. Youโ€™ll be left either paying a fortune extra or demanding he let you out so you can lug that thing around in the rain in foreign streets to try to track down the random AirBnb place youโ€™re supposed to stay in.

Or perhaps bangkok, where taxi drivers will sometimes avoid picking up foreigners because they donโ€™t speak english. So your forced to try to negotiate the trains, subways and then a long walk to where youโ€™re staying, dragging that thing along, likely in a heavy case.

Then if you take a train or bus anywhere youโ€™re paranoid about the thing getting stolen, or beat up in the luggage hold or who knows what.

I learned the hard way to pack as light as possible, take essentials and if you absolutely must take something like that as an extra, plan ahead to make it as easy as possible.

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@karlbecker_com | 5yr

Colleges and universities typically have piano rooms where you can practice. Sometimes itโ€™s for students only, sometimes they are more open for the general public (or at least they donโ€™t mind). I would recommend that.

Many hotel lobbies will have a piano around. If youโ€™re playing a nice song on it, itโ€™s usually welcome; however, if youโ€™re just starting to play, your performance of Chopsticks may draw attention if you play it multiple times.

So look to schools; theyโ€™re probably your answer. As much as I love playing piano, I wouldnโ€™t dream of trying to lug a full 88 (or even my fairly portable Yamaha that is missing keys on both ends) on a big trip.

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@matthieudrula | 5yr

Done some research, 2 options for me at the moment, travel with a keyboard case.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/Keyboard-Cases-/148727/i.html
Or an used ata case which cost an arm

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Hello, we are US citizens that have been able to stay in Italy past our standard visa stay due to covid. Now we must leave. We want to drive to Croatia as our โ€œout of EUโ€ stay. But Iโ€™m now wondering what considerations I need to take care of for my visa. I wonโ€™t go through an airport and get my passport stamped. But I assume I need to get my passport stamped as a way to prove Iโ€™m out of the EU.

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