Good Brand For Rack Bag/Case?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Poon, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Advice from Fellow TBers Wanted.

    I've been looking to get two seperate 2-3 space rack bags. What do you guys think I should get? For one of the rack bags, I want portability, so I just want to stick the head in there, but do you think I should get something larger, possibly 3-4 rack spaces? Should I even get a rack bag vs. a case. I like the idea of rack bags better, but if you think I'm a crack smoker, then by all means says so, but tell me why a normal rack would be better than a rack bag.

    _______________ <---1st Rack Bag, for amp.
    2 rack spaces

    QSC PLX 1602 <---2nd Rack Bag for Power Amp
    _______________ ? rack spaces

    What brand rack bags are good? I heard Pro-tec is decent and of Course everyone's favorite SKB comes to mind. But is there a brand that makes a great rack bag that's light and durable, and most importantly cheap? Thanks for your help people.

    After I've decided that, should I go with a larger rack bag or rack case and how large? How much expansion do you think I will need if any at all? Thanks for your help again.
  2. What are you putting in the racks? If you like the stuff alot maybe you should get a case. Maybe you could go both potable and protection and get one of those skb roling cases. Look here:Click me
  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    If you're happy with just carrying around a single head, a rack bag makes sense to me.....for instance, people who just use an Eden Traveler or something like that.

    But if you're getting into separate pre and power amps, it's not going to end there, I don't think. You'll want some kind of power conditioner and most likely either a compression/limiter unit or an equalizer, or both.

    The separate rack bags mean you have to re-connect all the doggone cables every time you set up. With a rack, that allows enough space, you can keep everything hooked up and just throw the cables into an empty space. Set-up is so much easier......more time to set levels/have a soundcheck/set up pedals. For me, I just click on my power conditioner and everything powers up. Either way, with several rack bags or one rack, it's one trip to load-in, IME.

    BTW - I'm not crazy about SKB's so I got a rock-solid CNB that looks absolutely pimpy under the light cans and costs the same as the black SKB's -

  4. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Light? Durable? Cheap? Sounds like you need an Odyssey rack bag.

    I think it was jokerny that originally turned me onto these. I bought a 3 space bag for my head and it's great. It has a carpet covered hard inner shell that is removable and looks really nice by itself. So, you can remove that hard inner shell from the bag for the gig and it looks good sitting there on your cab or whatever. Then you just slide the bag back over it, zip it up and go. It's been great and it has a big zipper pocket on front that can hold lots of cords and whatnot. You can get it in more than 3 space but bags get kinda bulky to carry past 3 or 4 space. Here's a link for the 3 spacer:

    brad cook
  5. thetaurus


    May 28, 2002
    Muncy, PA
    rickbass--where can i get more information about the cnb cases? do they make shockmount cases?
  6. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Try here for starters, thet. At the time I bought mine, Rondo was the only place in the US, online, I could find handling them - (scroll down past the black poly rack cases). Maybe you'll find more online stores handle them now if you do a search.

    They don't come with shockmounts. But, FWIW, I used the Humfrees from Musician's Fiend instead -$2 for something like 8 of them.
  7. thetaurus


    May 28, 2002
    Muncy, PA
    yeah...i'm looking for a shockmount case for my mesa 400+. just because it's going to be sitting on top of my cabinet, and going in and out of our van, so i want to have a case that it will be safe in.
  8. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    I have two skb x-racks (10 to 10 3/4" deep) and they protected my head from damage when I got home from vacation last year I accidentally left the rack standing on the driveway, behind my car, for several hours while I took a nap to recover from the drive home. then I had to leave for work or church or something. got in my car started backing up and heard this horrible scrapping sound from underneath the car. I had to jack up my car to get the rackout!!! Rack was scratched, feet where worn off, but HEAD WAS FINE!!! Thanks SKB!!!
  9. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    I have 3 of the ProTec bags. A 3 space for the WT-800/Korg DTR-1, a 4 space for the Fafner/DTR-1 and a 6 space for the Navigator/PLX2402/Furman/Korg/DTR-1.

    The 6 space bag is really pushing it for the equipment that is in there but that rig has never made it out of the house anyway. I usually use my Demeter 201/PLX1602 which is in a Grundorf box. I would never trust the handle on the 6 space bag to accomodate that much eqipment. But I've been real pleased with the ProTec's anyhow. I think that the bags work the best for a single head with maybe a rack tuner.

    But listen to Rick. He's the real deal pro here. He's traveling all over the midwest with some very nice gear, so he knows a thing or two. He's raved to me about his case. It's been to enough gigs where he would know if it was worthy.

    I haven't ever seen the Odyssey units but I have an Odyssey rack case for my mixer that it really super. Very nice stuff.
  10. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    I think the CNB is less $ than even the cheapo SKB Xracks. My singer has a silver one and I've got a plastic one. They are both solid cases.