Toting my Carvin BX250
I read a number of threads where people carry their micro head in a laptop bag, but that won't work for this one since it's nearly 4" tall. I also found some padded bags by "World Tour" specifically for musical equipment, but they look cheesy and cheap.
I was looking at this as an option:
... which seems to be the right size with some room left over for cables and strings, -- but before I pull the trigger I thought I'd ask... what do other BX250 owners use to transport and protect theirs?
BTW, I don't want to spend more than $50.
Sometimes you stumble across a perfect solution by looking at fields that have nothing to do with bass playing. When I bought my Crazy8 and Crazy88 cabs, I realized that their diminutive size and light weight made padded carrying bags ideal.
After looking at sports bags, camera bags, and other options, I found that the cajon bags made by Meinl fit my Crazy88 like they were made for each other; bought 'em on Amazon.
Don't know if they'll fit your cabs, but it couldn't hurt to take a look. :)
I just throw it into my gym bag (which is my gig bag) on top of everything else, i.e. it's the last to go in.
I was finding similar results when looking at the World Tour bags... they are not sized to keep a head with these unique dimensions from moving around.
The camera bag still ends up being cheaper by a few bucks and I think with the adjustable dividers I can hold the head in place within the bag...
To be clear, I'm looking to carry a micro head, not a cabinet. But at your suggestion I did spend some time looking at drum cases this morning. Accessory cases for bass drum pedals came close, but no cigar.
I have spent quite a bit of time looking at cases intended for other (or general) applications, including
1) waterproof plastic cases, e.g. Pelican -- expensive! ... but might be a worthwhile investment for a more high-end amp
2) fishing rod travel luggage -- which I hoped could also fit my guitar stand, but are (as you'd expect) in general too long
3) EMT medical equipment bags (again, pricey)
4) and camera bags as I indicated earlier.
Within the music realm, there are also a number of specialized pedal board and mixer cases that come close, but end up being too big in one dimension or another for this particular application (10" W x 7.5" D x 3.75" H)... though there are so many out there that I'm sure I wasn't able to browse but a small sampling of them. That's where I was sort of hoping that someone would chime in with "Oh, yeah, this case fits the BX250 perfectly!"... :hyper:
Thus far I have not been able to find anything perfect within my budget. The camera bag I linked to is the closest I've come to a good compromise in terms of protection, utility, and price.
Part of me wishes I'd gotten a GK micro head, then I could just use an old laptop bag. ;)
Have you looked at insulated lunch bags, or 6 pak carriers ? I have one that is slightly not wide enough for those dimensions, but they do make larger ones. They usually come with straps and an extra compartment.
I ordered one of these... (I'm hoping it's deep enough @ 4" with the BX250 @3.7".... it may be tight but that's OK):http://www.rondomusic.com/product4932.html
there should be room for the BX250, cords, tuner and a supply of Altoids .... it should also be big enough for a BX500 if I buy up....
TopCat, how did the Rondo case work out? I ended up ordering this:
And should recieve it at the end of the week. If I end up liking/keeping it I will post some pics here later. If I don't like it I will go back to the drawing board, but will probably go a similar route as you.
So I got the Seahorse SE-520 case this past week, and I just finished customizing the foam padding with an xacto knife. It's a good fit and just the right size for the BX250 with an inch+ of foam on each side of the head. It's VERY well protected in there. The one I ordered was for another application, so the foam was pre-cut in an un-useful way. If I had it to do over again I'd probably pay the extra $15 bucks or so to just order the standard model with the cubed "pick and pull" foam that doesn't require cutting to customize....
Here's a pic of the case after an hour or so of cutting and fitting the foam. There's about an inch of foam on the bottom, and a similar amount of padding in the lid.
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