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Case alignment problem? Help!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by organworthyplayer337, Nov 14, 2015.


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  1. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    I didn't know where to put this sorry

    Is there a way to fix this alignment problem?

    In this picture all 4 latches are closed but there's still this gap here:
    image.

    Here's back near the hinges;
    image.


    Any help is greatly appreciated
     
  2. wraub

    wraub

    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    previated devert
    My 80s Fender case does the same thing. The latches are secure and it holds the bass well, so I live with it.

    Consider it relic'd. :)
     
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  3. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    Yeah I guess, but it's been raining a lot lately and it makes me super nervous haha
     
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  4. I've straightened a few like this by applying hand pressure in the center of any area of the aluminum rim that was distorted. The aluminum is fairly soft, but it might take some strength to do this. You might be aided by bracing the rim at the straight parts, on either side of the bent section, while applying pressure.
     
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  5. wraub

    wraub

    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    previated devert
    Gotcha. Dry climate here. :)

    I'd guess it's either from a bent hinge/frame, or shrinkage of the plastic deforming the sides of the shell.
     
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  6. It does not look like the hinge is bent, but that is a possibility. The aluminum is more likely to become bent that the steel hinge. Open the case up, and see if you can see a spot where the rim is not in the same shape on both halves of the case. Also, notice that the hinge is riveted to the plastic case, not the aluminum rim. I doubt that the deformation of the rim could be caused by any shrinkage of plastic, or foam parts.
     
  7. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    It seems that the rim on the upper half of the case is slightly smaller than the rim on the lower half
     
  8. "It seems that the rim on the upper half of the case is slightly smaller than the rim on the lower half"

    Not likely, if it fit properly when it was originally made.

    It must be bent somewhere. Look for a straight section that is bowed. If it is bent at the corner radius, it will be more difficult, but not impossible to fix.
     
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  9. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    Here are the major misalignments
    First ones near a hinge;
    image.

    Then near the bottom near the gap;
    image.

    Would it be practical to install another latch near the gap?

    I appreciate your help!
     
  10. I can't see the photos now, because I'm on my phone. Straightening the rim should be easier than installing an extra latch, and if its bent, it will still be bent even with an added latch. I'll look at the pics later when I am on a real computer.
     
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  11. JustForSport

    JustForSport

    Nov 17, 2011
    Add another cam-latch centered on the end of the case. Installed properly, it'll close the gap and help take the stress off the other adjacent hinges.
     
  12. bolophonic

    bolophonic

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    If all the latches stay closed, I would leave it alone and stop worrying.
     
  13. Looks to me like the case is a bit sprung.

    I think I'd compress the case (sit on it gently) where it's distorted in an effort to nudge it into at least somewhat better alignment.

    Adding another latch in the compromised area is a nice idea.
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2015
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  14. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    LA
    i think two of my cases are like this, never really thought about it until today
     
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  15. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    They do stay closed but it's raining often here and I don't want to risk any damage
     
  16. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Get a gig bag! :ninja:

    :woot:
     
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  17. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Minnesota
    Hoochie's posts pretty much explain what needs to be done ...

    .. most folks do not realize that there are actually 5 different models of these cases, from three distinct eras ... the ones from the 90's early AmStands (red/blue labels) are built the strongest, those from the very early AmSeries run with the bass outline are very close in strength, and the latest being from the rest of the AmSeries run with just 'Fender' name and the smoother finish is substantially lighter duty ... those are the ones that tend to bend/warp/twist the easiest ... from the limited pics, I think this one is the 'lightest' version ...

    ... usually they can be twisted/manipulated back into alignment without too much trouble, the hard part is figuring where to start so that each time pressure is applied it becomes progressive to the alignment ... it isn't too hard to make it worse somewhere else while trying to 'fix' it ... the usual cause of it is having pressure applied to the top when it is in the open position, so I usually try to limit my efforts to the lid vs. the base ...
     
  18. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    Strongly considering it at this point :roflmao: I just really like this case because it's only 2/3 the size of an average case with just as much protection and I'm just a little lady :wacky:
     
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  19. bolophonic

    bolophonic

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Do you walk to your gigs? How do you transport your cabs?
     
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  20. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    I don't walk but there is a short walk from where I park. And I play straight into DI at my school so need to transport cabs.. Yet :)
     

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