Well, there is the one on ebay. Rare and pricy but not completely irreplaceable. I have season tickets to the symphony this year and I've wondered how these people deal with airport security. Many of them travel a lot. There's a woman with a golden flute, for example -- how does she safeguard that thing at TSA checkpoints? With a flute you can at least carry it on, but what about the big instruments? I guess we've seen here the answer to my question. And I think it's the case with many serious musicians (i.e., the kind that travel) that they have instruments of a quality that you can't just go down to Mike's Music and replace. This is the first time it's happened, either. There was a guy on the #tsarants hashtag complaining about his guitar being broken. It's probably a pretty common event, as instruments are usually a very specific fit in their cases, and they don't close right if they instrument is not set perfectly in its place. I suppose certain instruments may be made of a metal that the scanner can't see through, but what are they looking for in these string instrument cases that they can't see on x-ray? Clearly they don't know anything about instruments if they're just smashing them back in. We know the checked luggage pillage and plunder crews aren't generally explosive experts. Or is a part of explosive expert professionalism scrawling "get yer freak on girl" and "c'mon son" on the TSA notice, dumping people's shampoo all over their stuff, taking a bite of somebody's cake and then stashing their stolen pills in some kid's suitcase? Anyway, if they're checking to see if the cello strings are detonation cords rolleyes I question how they would know the difference.