I have a Gator ATA case which I've used about a half-dozen times to transport an acoustic guitar as checked baggage. Although I've never had a problem in the 6 or 7 times I've checked the Gator case, I've read so many horror stories of smashed guitars, that I only take my cheapest acoustic when I travel.
I'm probably never going to entrust a high-end Martin to the airline baggage apes, but I would like to be able to travel with a reasonably nice guitar, like my player-condition '72 D-35, which is worth about $1,300. I would hate to see it damaged, but it wouldn't kill me the way losing my Golden Era D-18 would do.
The two cases I've heard the best things about are the Calton and the Hiscox cases. Does anybody know of problems with either of these cases? Are there better options than Calton or Hiscox, and/or anything which might provide near the same level of protection for less money?
Any help or advice would be much appreciated.