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    Hauling a trombone?

    My tuba friend who rides everywhere is making me extremely jealous.

    What solutions exist for transporting a trombone? Standard trailers seem too short, and the trombone is way too long for my rear rack.

    The Burley Travoy looks like it would be perfect, but $300 is way too much to spend.

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    How about putting it straight up and down into a pannier and then using bungies to secure the middle to the rack to keep it from moving around too much or bouncing out?

    You could also try going perpendicular to your rack, I have done it with other instruments. But you have to be very, very aware of how wide you are and make sure that you have the weight distribution figured out. I also had panniers on at least one side to help create a little wider platform.

    Do you already have a trailer? I think you could make that work as well. You might need to play with the angles a bit and secure it with some tie downs to keep it in a position that works.

    Do they make backpack style cases or case covers? I used to carry my viola on my back, I hooked up the strap to get it messenger style. It kind of worked but I sometimes got caught on the seat or smacked in the head. Your case might be too long to try that but you also might be able to get a better angle than I could since your case would not be as wide.

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    Knew a guy who did this when I was in band in school, he strapped it to hid back, bell upwards if I remember correctly, not sure how he did it, must of been a sort of deep open knapsack he slid the case into.

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    No way it fits in a pannier, at least not in its current case.

    I have seen backpack-style gig bags, but I'm pretty sure it would hit my head while riding. I've thought about strapping it to the rack, but I'd prefer something a little more stable. It would be travelling about 6 miles each way. There's also the problem of transporting mutes and music along with it.

    Trombone in its case is roughly 25 pounds.

    I do not have a trailer but would be willing to try one out if it's not too expensive. The bike was only $500, so I'd like to stay around $100 or less.

    edit - my case would be like a small golf bag. Maybe that opens up more options?
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    You could make an extended rear rack. If you keep the heavy end forward it might work.
    have you tried tromboneforums?

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    I used to carry my Alto Saxaphone ( I know a shorter case) in a frame pack on my back when I was in high school all those years ago.

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    Mount to your handlebars and use in lieu of a bel.
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    I carried a new 25" computer monitor 8 miles by turning the box sideways and simply using a few bungee cords to hold it. Made it home without a scratch. You simply will not find a ready to use solution here, you have to improvise. Or buy a cargo bike with a LARGE box.

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    maybe a variation of a surfboard rack???? How to make your own surfboard bike rack - YouTube
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    spivonious;

    A quick check on Amazon should many that fit your budget. Here are two examples under $100 delivered. Pick one that will bit your horn and ride on!

    http://www.amazon.com/InStep-Single-...icycle+trailer

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00762O452?psc=1

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/slredirect/...ting_sr_pg1_3?

    Hope that helps

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    Your horn in a Hard case or Gig Bag?

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    I suspect that a backpack-style case ought to do the trick, there are some that are hard enough. I've seen people carry double basses like this.
    And just saying, in my time in Amsterdam, I was playing in an orchestra. I went to play a concert on foot, and then, when going for a drink afterwards, I travelled in the rack of a celloist friend's bike. He was carrying my trumpet in his back and I, his cello in mine (I do wish I had a photo of it), so one musician and one trombone in one bike shouldn't be that difficult

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    The backpack style case could be a good option. You could also get a trailer like mentioned above, usually they are very cheap on craigslist used and then make some modifications to make it work well with your case if needed.

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    A Counter Point Tandem the front seat is the recumbent stoker's chair . the other guy steers , so you can be playing the thing.

    strictly slide or that a valve trombone ?. a friend plays Both * (my mandolin Is easier to carry)..

    * valve trombone a stride bass clef-chord & accompany himself with the other hand on the Piano..

    used to have a regular Thurs PM jam ..
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