Musicians sound alarm at aircraft rules – Britain – Times Online
BRITAIN’S cultural reputation is at risk if airline baggage restrictions are not lifted, according to leading musicians. Size limits that were introduced after last month’s terrorism arrests mean that most instruments, even violins, are too large to take into aircraft cabins. But classical musicians say that their priceless instruments could suffer permanent damage if they are checked into the hold.
The price of a nice violin starts at $20,000 and goes up from there –
The Lady Tennant Stradivarius violin was sold by Christie’s New York in April 2005 for $2.03 million US dollars. There have been private sales of similar violins crafted by Stradivari which probably exceeded this costly figure. Link