I’ve been meaning to write a little recap of my travels with my Panji Bags hardcase through 6 weeks traveling in Greece and Turkey, but time has eluded me until today. A cold, rainy, fall day has me indoors and has left me with the perfect opportunity…
First of all, I must say that the case performed flawlessly. It was checked on 8 flights total, traveled with us on numerous buses, taxis, train rides, and even an international ferry and not once did I worry about the safety of my beloved CFoulke Celtic 8 being in the case. Out of 8 years of traveling with a pan, this is the first time I’ve ever felt comfortable enough with a case to check my pan on the plane. I found this incredibly easy compared to carrying it on, where I find myself worrying from the morning I wake up for my flight until I’ve reached my destination. There’s too many variables. The questions running through my head are always…”Will one of the check in people make me check the pan (in it’s inadequate soft case)?”, “What if the gate attendant notices my pan is too big for carry on requirements?”, “Will someone jam their oversized carry on into the overhead compartment in with my pan and smash it?”, “What if there is no room in the overhead and I’m forced to gate check?”. Fortunately, none of these scenarios happened over the years, but there were a few close calls. Of course, there’s a likelihood of loss when you’re checking bags, but the reality is that lost luggage rarely happens and, if it is lost, it often makes it back in your hands within a few days. My pan is insured in case a worst case scenario like that ever happened.
The panji bag is so tough that I never worried about its safety after watching it gondown the luggage belt when checking in. It was a huge piece of mind for me. On top of that, I never had to worry about it when taxi drivers quickly took the pan from my hands and jammed it in with the rest of our luggage in the trunk of the taxi or when our shuttle driver piled it underneath other people’s luggage in an overstuffed trip from Ayvalik to Izmir. Simply put… it was safe ALL. THE. TIME. As a traveling musician, this makes me very happy. When the time comes that I need to fly with two pans again, I’ll surely be buying another to fit my Halo.
In addition, I find it incredibly comfortable to wear on my back for long stretches of time, despite the added weight (it is a heavy case).
I wanted a flight case for years. I weighed all my options, including all the bags/cases on the Handpan market. I checked into pelican cases and thought about getting custom ata cases made. In the end, I’m really happy I had this Panji bag made. Hansa and Jyoti have been amazing every step of the way and they’re very supportive of the Handpan community also.
Also, just to add… these are my own words from my own experiences. There’s no endorsements, no sponsorships… just a happy customer, happy Handpan, and a top quality case.