Yanagisawa B901 Bari (Otto Link STM 7*), Yamaha Advantage Tenor, Martin Comm. III Alto
I did actually send Tim an email about case inquiries. His outlook was that a new case probably wouldn't help with protecting the case from bag handlers and that the best thing I could do is go with what I have with the keys corked shut and pray it doesn't get damaged. I don't think that he has anything for me to rent there, but I might check... Locally would feel a little bit better as far as playing experience goes, but whatever I would end up getting would have to be viewed as a disposable instrument by the seller/rental in order for it to go through ok, which would probably be hard to do with a bari. I do like the idea a lot more than renting one in Dallas though, especially since I would have time to warm up to whatever I get.@bhebert You could always find a local rental. Explain to them your requirements for travel and get it insured. Another option, ask Sax Alley if they can rent you a case for the outing.
One thing you’re doing right. Planning ahead. Look up music stores in Dallas. Send them an email of what you need. Two years ago I helped a member locate a rental in South Africa for an outing. Pick up the phone and make it happen.