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27,000 Pounds Of Gear: How The BSO Takes 100-Plus Musicians On Tour Halfway Across The Planet | The ARTery


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SOURCE: https://www.wbur.org/artery/2017/10/31/bso-instruments-travel-equipment
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I met with BSO stage manager John Demick and a few musicians to learn more about the logistical challenges they face while packing up.It’s Demick’s job to make sure every instrument and piece of equipment needed in Nagoya, Osaka, Kawasaki and Tokyo gets where it needs to go.“Those are our viola cases, and the violin cases are here,” he said as he showed me bulky trunks of various sizes filling Symphony Hall’s sprawling basement.He opened one locker-like section of a case to reveal its soft, cocoon-ish innards. “So as you can see inside these, they have individual combination locks and they're very well-padded,” Demick explained.In all, 163 pieces of specialized luggage will make the trip to Asia.“We travel with about 27,000 pounds of gear,” Demick told me, “the valuation of which is somewhere around $20 million.”The gear and instruments range from specialized musician stools to precious, delicate violins, to some orchestra behemoths.Assistant principal bassist Lawrence Wolfe stood next to his looming double bass case.“I'm 6-foot-4 and this case is easily 7 feet tall, and about 3 feet deep, and about 2 1/2 feet wide,” he described, “And I'm in a room full of these cases and all of these cases are the size of coffins.”Wolfe’s been with the BSO for nearly 50 years and remembers when the orchestra used to fly on the same planes with their instruments.

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