Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tplyons, Jul 7, 2003.

  1. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Do you guys think it's important to have really good cases for your instruments? Personally, I hate gig bags because often they do more harm than good and offer a false sense of security. On the other hand, there are a lot of cheap hardshell cases out there, the best, seems to be between TKL and SKB cases, SKB the lighter of the two. However, because of SKB's light weight, I have found the metal lips around the case are quite fragile and bend a bit causing my case to misalign.

    Now, with the new band, connections all over the tri-state area, I'm asking myself if I should invest in a nice custom made case for about $250. My rack and cabs can take a beating before I'll spend money on cases for them (considering the cases will cost as much if not more than the cabs themselves) but do you guys think a $250 custom case would be a waste or an eventual even trade off. Considering in most cases I can sell the manufacturer's case for about $50. Any thoughts?
  2. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    I hate cases. They take up way too much room and clog up my spare bedroom. Invest in an expensive, well made gigbag. You'll change your attitude about them if you get a good one. Check out Undercover, Ritter, etc. Good luck

  3. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    I bet if you buy a bunch of bulk padding material and fit it into the bag, the bass would be secure as hell, and relatively cheap.
  4. Zon Bass

    Zon Bass

    Jan 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    I hate gigbags because they can make my basses go out of tune. I like my hardshells because of the sense of security the provide and because they are good exercise.
  5. All of my basses are in Hardshell Cases. 4 are in Hiscox Liteflite cases - these are fab. One is in another case that I got it in!

    I had a 5th Hiscox case, but it died in a car crash 18 months or so ago! The car and the case were written off, the bass and I survived!

    Hiscox cases get my vote!
  6. Asaf


    Jun 9, 2003
    while i was flying from the other side of the world to the other (brazil-israel) my skb case got crashed at one of the ends...the bass came out with out a scretch and so did the cd's inside
    :) so i got the money back on the case from the airline company and bought myself a gigbag cause i allready have 2 hard shell cases :D ... depends on where you go with the bass, if gig a lot get a hard one - cause stupid people are always around :D , and some sound guy might kick it while searching for his stuff on stage.
  7. Tung


    Jun 26, 2003
    I can't count the number of times that we have stuff amp head and guitars in a trunk so that we could go back in the bar and drink after the gig.

    I don't think any of my instruments would have survived their 15+ years(some of them) of life with out a hardshell case.

    Head stocks and necks are the #1 think killed by gig bags. Oh and the tip of a flying V guitar once due to a gig bag.

  8. I think the answer depends on how you travel with your basses. I do a lot of gigs in NYC, where I hop on the subway to get from place to place, so a sturdy gig bag is the best for me - lugging a heavy case around is too cumbersome. I haven't had any negative experiences yet, and no gig bag has caused damage to any of my basses. Sure, the bass goes out of tune in the gig bag, but I always retune before my gigs/rehearsals anyway.

    However, if you drive with your basses stored in the trunk of your vehicle next to lots of heavy equipment, then a hard case would be crucial. The same would go for flying - I would never check in a bass in a gig bag on a plane. I'd lock it up in a tough hard case, and hope for the best.