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Bass Bag for a New Standard Cleveland?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by jar240, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. jar240

    jar240 Supporting Member

    I'm about 1/4" away from ordering a Cleveland, and when I get it I want to make sure I have a good bag to protect it. The Kaces III I have now is falling apart.

    Does anyone know of a good bag (up to $600 US) that'll fit the Cleveland's general hugeness, especially the upper bout? Soundwear?

  2. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Mooradian does bags for custom measurements, they run about $350 (at best recollection). I have a Messina bag that I like, I sent'em my measurements for that.

    But why don't you ask Ahnoldt? I'm sure he can tell you with a great deal of precision what they generally sell with their basses...
  3. Jazzman


    Nov 26, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Arnold has Standard Moorian bags that will fit.
  4. I got one of Bob Gollihur's green bags for my Cleveland. It is a snug fit but goes on and off easily after using it a few times. The bag is well padded but not to the point of being stiff. It has plenty of pockets and, best of all, handles all over the place.
  5. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    When I ordered my Cleveland, I received an email from Wil and they have Mooradian bags that they sell. I am looking at the Kolstein bag but not sure if I would need the 7/8 size or if the 3/4 bags.

    It's good to hear that the Gollihur bags fit the Cleveland and you can't beat the price of them.

  6. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    Berkeley, CA
    Arnold sold me what he called a "large 3/4 Standard" Mooradian bag when I bought my Cleveland from him.
  7. Don Higdon

    Don Higdon In Memoriam

    Dec 11, 1999
    Princeton Junction, NJ
    A standard issue Mooradian fits the Cleveland; no need for custom measuring. Ask Arnold.
  8. tornadobass

    tornadobass Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Iowa City, Iowa
    I have a Bob G. bag on my old Standard. As Steve K. posted on this thread, it was a close fit, but got easier once it'd been on and off a few times. Also helps lifting the bag slightly just before zipping over the bass's shoulder.
  9. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I had one of the Lemur house-brand bags on my old Standard, and it fit just fine. Ditto about the lifting at the shoulders.
  10. Aleph5


    Feb 24, 2004
    I got a Mooradian Deluxe w/ my Cleveland, and Wil and Ahnult's price was as good as I'd seen. It's extremely well padded (bag, not price ;) ). My only complaint is I'd prefer the long zipper on the playing side of the bass, but the Mooradian's is on the opposite. So I turn the bass around so that the back is facing front. It's a bit of a hassle. My old bass's Kolstein bag is excellent too and cheaper. It has some other handles and fasteners I like better and its zipper on the right side. It's a little snug, however, on my Cleveland, and not quite as well padded (but almost).

    Maybe Mooradian can do the zipper either way(?).
  11. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    I bought an Upton bag with my Cleveland, but I'd not recommend it...it's not held up very well, and it looks like I may need another one soon.
  12. jmain

    jmain Oo, Uhn't uh, Yes! Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    Alexandria, VA

    I've been checking out the forum for about a month, and have seen pics of your Cleveland. Is that a custom finish, or just how good the standard finish looks?

    I haven't been able to locate anything to play in the Tallahassee area (I'm in LLA :D ). Gonna go by FSU this week to track down a teacher. I'm saving for either the Cleveland or a Hybrid Shen. Do you know any good Luthiers around your area?

    Jesse Maines
  13. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    Jesse, I'm not sure about the standard finish...mine's the only one I've seen "in the flesh". Judging by photos I've seen mine may be a little darker than usual. No good luthiers in my immediatel local area, but a couple of good ones in Atlanta (100 miles from here). Ronald Sachs is who'd I'd use.
  14. jmain

    jmain Oo, Uhn't uh, Yes! Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    Thanks Mike. I really appreciate what everyone who participates here at TB does with the postings. What a class joint! I can feel the DB enthusiasm and can't wait to find a teacher and hit the woodshed!

    Funny thing is I just moved from Atlanta. Was more focused on my day job and wasn't playing much music. Long story (don't want to rant, everyone else has covered this)..but I bought a Crapmona in '98 that I've been hauling around with a warped neck/fingerboard, I'm not sure. Thanks to TB, I see this thing is not worth sinking money into, but might make a nice fire to roast marshmallows on!

    Jesse Maines
  15. Jesse,
    I'm using a Bob Gollihur bag on my N.S. Cleveland. Works great.
  16. hey man!

    i got the "standard" mooradian from arnold. its easy on/easy off and has handles just were you need 'em. it fits the cleveland like a charm.

    just my two cents worth!

  17. mattwells


    Mar 19, 2003
    For my old AS, I got a custom bag from Jacques Gagnon at Cremonasia (www.cremonasia.com) Fits perfectly, thick padding, and everything is custom so you are guaranteed your wheel, endpin, etc. will fit. You also get alot of color options.

  18. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    I checked out the site. "Prices on request" Well, as the saying goes, if I have to ask I can't afford it. <g>
  19. mattwells


    Mar 19, 2003
    I bought mine, with a new endpin assembly and shipped, for about $250. Extremely high quality and a GREAT price!
  20. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Can't speak to if it fits a cleveland, but I like my bobelock bag a lot...

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