Concert Cellist’s Bow Broken in Transit

To cellists, a cello bow is at least as important as the cello itself in how an instrument sounds.(Photo: istolethetv (Flickr))
To cellists, a cello bow is at least as important as the cello itself in how an instrument sounds.(Photo: istolethetv (Flickr))

German concert cellist Alban Gerhardt has lost his prized bow at the hands, he claims, of U.S. airport security agents, according to the classical music blog Slipped Disc.

In a statement Gerhardt wrote exclusively for Slipped Disc, the cellist said the wood of his Heinrich Knopf bow was snapped in two en route from Berlin via Washington, D.C., and Chicago to Madison, Wisconsin.

Gerhardt alleged that Transportation Security Agency employees in Washington, D.C., opened his cello case – which Gerhardt had checked through to the luggage hold with cello and bow inside – removed the cello for inspection, in the process dislodging the bow from its mounting inside the case, returned the cello to the case and forced the case closed without securing the bow in its proper place.

Gerhardt said the employees who opened his cello case left a “notice of baggage inspection” inside the case.

Read more:

  • Exclusive: How US Security Agents Broke My Cello Bow …. By Alban Gerhardt (SD)
  • Top Cellist Has His Bow Snapped by US Airport Security (SD)
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