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Anybody ever try or use a soft rack bag?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by HeavyDuty, Jan 23, 2002.

  1. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Basss brings up a good point about my MicroRack(tm) project - maybe a rack bag would be a better bet.

    MF carries Warwick's RockBag in a 12" depth, but has no technical info. I can't find anything on Warwick's site, either. They also carry Odyssey rack bags - including a five space model with 11 3/4" behind the rail, which depth would work a lot better for my project than the XRack:


    Odyssey has a slide-out carpeted plywood rack that fits in the padded nylon bag - it seems as if it would provide a lot of protection for the gear. The penalty is weight... Also, a 5u Odyssey bag would allow me to add a power conditioner to the rack.

    Has anyone seen or used either product? Comments?
  2. Flatbass11

    Flatbass11 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2001
    Medford, MA
    I have a 4 space rack bag that held up fine for a few years.

    I had a GK 800 and 2 other pieces mounted inside and had no problem with the weight. However, the zipper broke and I'm too lazy to get it repaired. I still use it at home only. I'm currently looking for a 2 space bag myself.
  3. lowfreqguy


    Oct 18, 2000
    Baltimore, MD
    I use a four space rack bag. It's great for what it is. I have an F1-X, DPC 1000, Furman PL tuner and two Nady wireless units in this rack. Total weight= 30 lbs. Just what I wanted/needed. If you're doing car based gigging, a rack bag should be fine.
  4. Geez, are we on the same wave length or what? I've got my DCM1000 in a 3 space, 14" deep bag that I originally bought for my Studio 220. Made by Modern Case Co. for www.sweetwater.com , it's a lighter weight bag than the 2 you mention. Works fine, it definitely feels less safe than a full size hard rack, but it totes much easier. I treat it like I do a gig bag for my bass and don't throw it around. I wouldn' want to put anything much heavier than the DCM in one.

    That being said, I was following your experience with the SKB shallow X rack closely because I'm thinking about getting one for the DCM and putting the 220 (at only 13lbs) back in the bag. I use the 220 by itself for small gigs and as a preamp for the DCM at medium venues where I'm not going into the PA. I'm toting it a big briefcase thing now. I dunno, maybe the shallow bag is the way to go.

    Keep us updated.
  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I'll try to post some pix of the DCM1000 / XRack combo. I haven't knocked out the idea of keeping it yet...

    That Sweetwater bag looks good!
  6. I have a 4 space rack bag made by a company called RocSak (or something similar).

    Rack is full depth, not shallow. It is plywood inside a padded nylon bag. Zippers on front and back, a gear pocket on front/top. Two handles that velcro together AND a shoulder strap.

    Picked it up on E-Bay brand new from a music store for $40. I have had it for a year now, and no problems.
  7. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001

    I was just wondering what you decided to mount your DCM1000 in? I'm interested because I have a DCM600 coming soon and I need something to put it in. I'm trying to go as light and small as I possibly can. Did your DCM1000 fit in the Xrack ok?
  8. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    I've been using a ProTech 4 space rack bag for several years now. I've got my WT-800 with a Korg DTR-1. It's works out great when I'm just using my Bag End S15. Bag End in one hand and the Amp in the other for balance.

    I've also got a ProTech 6 space for the PLX/Navigator/Korg/Furman. I don't take that setup out that much so I can't vouch for the longevity of that one. When I do move that one it's on top of my 4x10 cab that's on casters. It looks less industrial than an ATA and it doesn't look like an Igloo ice chest, either.

    I got the ProTechs through American Musical Supply at a fairly nice price.
  9. I was using a 2U Warwick Rockbag with my Ampeg a while ago...

    - too heavy
    - padding ripped too easily
    - looked stupid

    A hard standard SKB rack I find is much better (IME).
  10. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I'm still waiting for my Odyssey bag to come in - it's been on backorder. The Carvin j-u-s-t fits the XRack, but there is no clearance to spare, and you can't close the back panel without modifying it first. I had to mount the amp in the middle two spaces of a 4u rack to give clearance for the power cord!!! Too tight for me...

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