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Bass Bags

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Type-55, Feb 29, 2004.

  1. Type-55


    Jul 20, 2000
    Anyone heard of a Bobelock bass bag? I need to get a bag of good quality. It doesn't have to be top drawer stuff but it must have good padding and good stiching. Any feed back is appreciated.

  2. I have a Bobelock bow case, but I didn't know they made bass bags. Maybe others here have experience with them. The bow case is fine, very solid. For bass bags, Mooradian makes good ones. They're available from Lemur and elsehwere. The Mooradian bass bag I have is very well-padded (and it's also heavy).
  3. Gee Doug, it looks like your in the mood to shop and I sound like an ad for Kolsteins. I bought one of their least expensive bags years ago....I had a shoe repair shop add some leather stress points, like at the very bottom where you grab the handle to pull it up out of the car. The case was less than $200 plust $10 for the added stress leather.
  4. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    The Mooradian bags seem to be the definition of good heavy bags, but we switched to Bobelock's version because it is all the bag the Mooradian is, at almost half the price. Bobelocks are good.
  5. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    DFW Area, Tejas
    My Solano Klotz came with a Bobelock, and I like it more than my Mooradian. Just as heavy duty, with more and better handles. I also like that you can zip or unzip the pockets with one hand.

  6. I have one of hammond ashley's custom made bags, I got it used for 200 which was a steal. CLosed cell padding, heavy duty canvas. My only complaint is that there is not a shoulder strap hook on the side that I most commonly carry the bass on my shoulder (I carry it on my right side), but i just hook the strap on to one of the neck handles.

    I had the lower end mooradian case and it held up for a while, but eventually a few things went wrong. The music pocket zipper broke, and the D Rings for the neck strap bent and fell off. Nothing I couldn't deal with, but it may be a plug for the higher end cases. If you spend the money, it will last.
  7. Don Higdon

    Don Higdon In Memoriam

    Dec 11, 1999
    Princeton Junction, NJ
    A guy in the section has a Kolstein bag. It seemed heavier than my Deluxe Mooradian.
    Does Bobelock have a site? Direct or through distributors?
  8. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    The bag that I got with my Shen was an "upgrade" from Nick. It is made by a company called Messina. It is very well made in my opinion. I have no idea what they might really retail for as I have never seen one for sale by itself.

    If the Bobelock bag is all these folks are saying that it is, I would look into it, as the price is pretty attractive.

    If you are thinking about a bag on the cheap, you can't go wrong with the Kaces bag offered at various sites including our own all hail BG. It is a nice bag for the money.
  9. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    my concern with the Mooradian is: they seem to actually absorb moisture and don't dry out as quickly as the Messina and Kolstein bags. I'm not taking my bass swimming... just on rainy and humid days it counts to have a water-repellent cover.
  10. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    I've used the hell out of my Kolstein and am glad I got it. Don't trust the clips on the shoulder strap, though. I got those mountain climbing clip things (can't remember the name -- need some Ginko Viagra so I can remember what the f...) and don't use the strap for more than extra insurance when swinging the thing around...

    What I like about the Kolstein over the Mooridian is that the material from which it's made is a lot stiffer, adding that much more protection, and there are handle all over the place, plus the silver colored bags help reflect the sun rather than absorb it.
  11. The shop I work for has been dealing with bobelock bags for several years now. Some friends/clients have had their bags in use gigging and such for 8 years or more and they appear to hold up quite well. Bobelock is based in the Phillipeans and is distributed in the U.S. by Bruce Weaver (brother of Bill.. of "violin house of weaver" fame). As far as I know they are sold to dealers only. Any violin shops that sells their cases should be able to order you a bag. And, like everything else these days, you can probably find it for sale somewhere on the internet.

  12. I mentioned Jacques Gagnon and his company cremonasia.com a while back based in the Phillipines, And now Jerry mentions that Bobelock is there too. Does anyone know if these two Companies are linked, or is it just the amount of work for the dollar or what?
  13. Don Higdon

    Don Higdon In Memoriam

    Dec 11, 1999
    Princeton Junction, NJ
  14. Paul,

    I look into to it and see if there is any correlation between the two companies. I have a feeling though that it is just the amount of work for the dollar. The garment industry has long used the Phillipines to make clothes. Using that same workforce to make violin cases, cello cases, cello bags and bass bags probably wouldn't be much of a stretch considering the fabric work that goes into most nicer fiddle cases.

  15. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I've had a Kolstein bag for about 5 years.
    Its holding up remarkably well. I like the front
    storage pockets and lots of handles. A very
    well made bag!
  16. mikeln

    mikeln Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2003
    San Diego, CA (Poway)
    which size Bobelock should fit an Englehardt C-1? 3/4 or 7/8??
  17. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
  18. mikeln

    mikeln Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2003
    San Diego, CA (Poway)
  19. Josh McNutt

    Josh McNutt Guest

    Mar 10, 2003
    Denton, Texas (UNT)
    I just got my Bobelock bag today and, though I haven't been anywhere with it, it seems pretty nice.

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