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gettin' a mesa, now i need a rack case...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by thetaurus, Jul 12, 2003.


  1. thetaurus

    thetaurus

    May 28, 2002
    Muncy, PA
    so i'm getting a mesa 400+. i have an skb 4 space roto rack, but i was thinking i should probably get a shock-mount case for it, seeing as it will be sitting on my svt 8x10. what should i look for to find the best price, and best quality. please let me know. thanks.
     
  2. Sam V

    Sam V Guest

    Aug 3, 2002
    Canada - Calgary AB
    I'm pretty sure you can by the 400+ in a road ready case straight from mesa(its on rolly things,forgive me for not knowing the technical term). Unless your buying it used talk to your deales about ordering the *Road Ready 400+*
     
  3. thetaurus

    thetaurus

    May 28, 2002
    Muncy, PA
    i am buying used. i just need the rack case. there's a mesa dealer not too far from here, so i guess i'll ask them. does any other company make a shock mount rack case?
     
  4. Skb does. That and the Mesa racks would be the best for your head. Don't get the ones that use foam because its gonna clog your side fan.
     
  5. thetaurus

    thetaurus

    May 28, 2002
    Muncy, PA
    so what companies should i stay away from? i was thinking about getting a gator shock mount case. would this be a bad idea?
     
  6. You should get a rack case that has the floating shock mechanisim so you have space around the sides. here is a pic[​IMG] So if the gator case looks like this, then it should work.
     
  7. Adam Wright

    Adam Wright Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    Arlington,Tx
    Avoid SKB shock racks..they are way overpriced(you can find a real shockrack for much cheaper)and are very poorly made. I got my 8 space shock rack from http://www.discount-distributors.com for $350 and that price included shipping.
     
  8. I just found that gator makes a similar shock rack. And it has an aswome price. I would get that instead of the skb or the mesa. That is if u don't want to spend an arm and a leg.
     
  9. thetaurus

    thetaurus

    May 28, 2002
    Muncy, PA
    reasonbass--so you think the gator would be a good way to go? it wouldn't interfere with the fan or anything? let me know. thanks.
     
  10. I would think so. IMO. I also just got a Mesa 400+ And I was looking for shockmount rack too. And the Gator racks seem like a good deal. I saw a Gator 6 space shock mount for 199.00, the Skb 6 space was like 350.00 And the Mesa one retails for 465.00 and Mesa sells everything at retail. Just remember NO FOAM.
     
  11. thetaurus

    thetaurus

    May 28, 2002
    Muncy, PA
    so i take it that gator has no foam?
     
  12. correct heres a pic of the gator g-shock racks

    [​IMG]
     
  13. thetaurus

    thetaurus

    May 28, 2002
    Muncy, PA
    thanks...gator it is!
     
  14. :D
     
  15. Razor

    Razor

    Sep 22, 2002
    Dallas
    I use nothing but Gator racks....the customer service sold me. I bought one used (roller rack that has telescoping handle to roll like a luggage rack) and the handle was broken. I emailed Gator and two days later I had a complete replacement they express mailed to me free of charge. Awesome service...no questions asked.
     
  16. mgmadian

    mgmadian

    Feb 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Resurrecting this thread as I just picked up a Mesa Boogie 400+ and am also thinking about how to cart the sucker around. It's now in a 4-sp Majecal rack (similar to SKB), but (a) there's not much space between the case and the rack for air flow, and (b) there are no side vents to accomodate the Bass 400+'s fan, and (c) I'm wondering if shock-mounting is highly desirable for protecting the power tubes.

    You end up getting that Gator? They look pretty good, just wondering if there are any other (lightweight) shock mount cases out there besides Gator and SKB.

    Anyone else have any more recommendations/solutions for carting around your Bass 400+? I'm actually thinking about building a stripped-down case with no sides... essentially just the skeleton of a rack case (or something like that). My thinking is that it would allow me to more easily carry the amp + also to place a cover over the front face. Or something like that... I have to toss around some more designs...
     
  17. Hurley

    Hurley

    Feb 12, 2004
    Cape Cod, MA
    I think it really depends on how much protection you need. I just bought a 400+ with the Mesa rack and I like it, but it's a bit too large and heavy for me. The amp+rack weigh about 100 lbs. and the rack is a deep version, so it hangs over the front and back of my Ampeg 8x10. At this point in time, I'd rather use my regular Gator rack. There's a thread here on modifying a case like yours so that there are vents in the side. This, and placing some sort of foam between the case and cab, is all I would need for now. I carry all my gear in my car, so I don't have to worry about anything there. Shockmounts are great, and well worth the cost to protect those expensive power tubes, but you'll have to assess for yourself if you really need them.

    I hope this helps.
    :bassist:
     
  18. thetaurus

    thetaurus

    May 28, 2002
    Muncy, PA
    haha...i actually sold the amp before i got a different rack case for it. anyway...if i were to have kept it, i would have looked for either a mesa shock mount, or i would have gotten the gator shock mount. from what i was told...you definately want to shock mount it because of the tubes, and then you want a shock mount that DOES NOT use foam for the shock, but something that's free floating. the foam won't allow for much air flow. this is just what i was told.
     
  19. smperry

    smperry Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    Bummer Greg,

    I just sold my Mesa shockmount case on Craigslist a couple of weeks ago when I was moving from SF to Oakland!

    Marshall
     
  20. mgmadian

    mgmadian

    Feb 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Thanks Hurley... I hear you about large & heavy, that's what I'm tryin' to avoid! :D The Mesa + other shock mounts that have wooden frames all weigh a frikkin' ton, hence the desire to go with a plastic case. The Bass 400+ by itself is a reasonable weight (haven't weighed it myself, but have heard figures between 45lbs and 53 lbs). Right now it's not difficult to move (in the 4-sp Majecal case), and I'd hate to change that by adding a 30lb case!

    The Gator shockmount looks interesting, I wish they offered it in a 5- or 6-space unit. Ain't cheap (like all shockmounts) but seems to be less expensive than SKBs (lowest price online I found for a new 4-sp Gator was about $180)...

    I've heard about a previous thread that describes how to modify a case for the side-fan of the Bass 400+, but can't seem to locate it using the Search function... any chance you have a link to it? :rolleyes: