Rent the gear, rent the van. I know it doesn't seem like it, but it is definitely the cheapest way to go.So my band is booked for a festival in Washington in August, across the country from Maine where I live, and we are planning to build a tour around it now. We'll probably start in LA and work our way up the coast.
I've never planned such a serious tour, and I'm not sure where to even begin. I don't know yet, but it seems most likely that we'll fly there, rent a car/van OR buy a cheap one and sell it when we're done.
Assuming we do fly, how would I get my drums there?
I can pack the lot of them into my bd case if I take the heads off, probably with cymbals but not hardware. If I pack them well, will they survive the flight? Or is that unlikely? They are vintage Ludwigs that I got for a steal and probably couldn't afford to replace. That said, this is my gigging it, they do get a bit knocked around so I'm not worried about a little wear. Just them getting destroyed on the way (if they do get destroyed, I want it to be during an epic fill, not poor baggage handling!).
I suppose I could buy some cheap shell pack once I'm there and just bring my snare and cymbals maybe?
Anyway, long and multi-faceted question, sorry!
Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated, especially from others who have done this before. Thanks!