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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Holy War, Feb 14, 2009.
Theres gotta be a reasonable explanation for this right, or am I just missing something?
Cause people will pay extra for them?
Because their gigbags are good?
Why is everyone ending statements with question marks?
Because we don't know the answer?
That doesn't even make sense.
My Rockbag is great. Its very compact and safe. The strap in for the headstock is great.
In this world there are two types of musicians:
1. Those who use gig bags
2. Those that learned (or didn't care to learn) an inevitable lesson the hard way
I fall under both, I wrecked the headstock on my MIA J-bass a while ago. Required a few tuners, I use the case that came with it for now though but I cant put my Sansamp or TU-2 in it.
I still have to use a gig bag for my Peavey.
I used to own a few Warwicks and only one had a case (Thumb NT), those basses are beasts on their own as I had one land on its headstock and there wasn't even a scratch.
that lesson being that basses can break a lot easier in a gig bag than a hard case? Sorry, internet jargon often goes way over my head
Stuff has a tendency to happen with load out, especially when you're tired and rushed by the owner. sometimes you don't pack everything as securely as you'd like. Hard case is a lot more forgiving of loose gear in the back of a van then a gig bag.
ok good, we're on the same page here. I could never imagine dropping close to $3000 on a bass and not getting a high end hardshell case. Maybe its just me...
I agree. Rockbags are nice gig bags but I still think that the really expensive Warwick stuff should come with at least a hardshell case or even the Roadcase they make.
There is a third type. Somebody who owns more than a dozen basses, and has a bunch of hard cases taking up valuable space in their home. When they buy basses, they would rather not accumulate more hard cases.
And, there is a fourth type. Somebody who takes good care of their gear, and never lets anybody else handle it. They prefer the portability, convenience, and (gasp! it's true!) protection that a good bag can give.
I own two basses that were well over $3000 new and they didn't come with a hard case, which was fine with me, because I don't use them.
NT stuff comes with HSC if you buy in Europe, Asia or Australia.
IMHO it has to do with shipping cost. You used to get nice molded cases. I have one for my 98 NT Thumb, my BO Thumb also fits that case.
There's also some of us who don't drive, and carrying a hard case, amp head etc down to the train station isn't exactly convenient.
A well constructed gig bag can cope with a lot more abuse than people realise. As long as you don't pack it in the van with the PA on top of one, or leave the tailgate open when you pull off, good gig bags are fine. Oooh, and shipping too. If I was flying somewhere with a bass, then yes, a good flight case. I take care of my instruments, I can't say the same for baggage handlers.
Everytime I bought a bass that came with a hardcase, I sold it afterwards.
Gigbags are much more convenient. I prefer instruments to come naked.
The need of hard case depends 100% on how and where you need to carry the bass around. Not everybody needs a hard case, I use them on gigs etc. but I totally prefer carrying the bass e.g. from home to rehearsals in a gig bag just for the sake of comfort. Hard cases don't really mix with bicycles, buses or a 2-mile walk you know... And since I don't need any more hard cases (I have the two I need) I'd prefer not to pay the extra for them.
I like both. In the van the hard case is the way to go. For practice like using the gig bag. I do find it lame when you drop some heavy coin for a bass and all they give you is a gig bag. You should at least get an option.
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