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Hardshell for NS

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by BassZen, Feb 5, 2005.


  1. I got one of the NS's over the christmass holidays thinking that it would be portable because it was supposed to be able to fit in an overhead storage compartment on planes, of course with the new airline regulations they wouldn't let me take it on the plane. Anyway, I can't seem to find a hardshell case anywhere, at least online. And I think I wouldn't have to pay the 500 dollars they ask at NS. Does anyone know where to get these things?
     
  2. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Check out rifle cases. I've seen a couple of Azola guys using a double-shotgun/rifle case to hold the bass and all of the trappings. If it breaks down, like the Alter Ego, you can also check out travel/check-on cases for golf clubs.
     
  3. mburd

    mburd

    Aug 20, 2004
    Maine
    I'm going to try and make one from PVC pipe from my local plumbing store that I can just slide the gigbag into. Should be able to do this for cheep..
    I checked a bit into the golf and rifle cases. I didn't immediately see one long enough to accomodate the NS. Maybe there's a ski case that would work?
     
  4. bassisten

    bassisten

    Sep 15, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
     
  5. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    Mburd, you get an A+ for the day. That pvc idea is great. I'm gonna do that for my new homemade EUB. I'm gonna work out some kind of fome insert or something to keep it from rattling around in there too.

    Hmm.... I wonder how the guards at school will feel about me walking in with a 6" by 4' pipe bomb :help: :p
     
  6. flat five

    flat five

    Sep 1, 2004
    The PVC pipe bomb case with foam seems like a good and cheap solution but not perfect. The baggage handlers managed to crack the one I made on it's 4th flight. Fortunately the bass was not injured. All of the gun cases and golf cases I saw were about 1" too short for the NS bass. I picked up a fishing pole case at a sporting goods store last summer but I haven't done anything with it yet. It seems a little flimsy, but might work with some stiff foam. I was allowed to carry it on a couple of times before 9/11, but you never know these days when they will refuse, and there you are without sufficient protection for it.
     
  7. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    Hmm... Do you know if it was the baggage handlers? I was wondering if maybe you had it sealed airtight, that the airpressure change could have caused the crack?

    I don't foresee myself flying with one of these in the near future, so i'm not too worried. I was wondering what sort of attachment you guys used to seal the ends, Did you just cap both ends and leave one loose, or did you have a screw on cap at one end?

    I was also throwing around the idea of cutting the pipe in half long ways, and adding some hinges and latches to make a side opening case, any thoughts?
     
  8. JohnThomasson

    JohnThomasson Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Mesa Boogie, DR Strings, Fender, Source Audio & Fishman
    I have one of the NS ones. It has held up well on a bunch of flights and months in a trailer, but I'm not that impressed with the quality of it for the price.
     
  9. mburd

    mburd

    Aug 20, 2004
    Maine
    As much as I was tempted to go with that trendy pipe-bomb look I stumbled on this at our local mom-n-pop sporting goods store (LLBean)
    http://www.sportube.com/pages/skis_two_pair.htm#
    It has to have the stand bag separated and loaded after the instrument bag..and it's snug, but it works. It will hit the road with me this week. If it sucks, I'll sell it cheap(!)
     
  10. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Looks like a giant-ass toothbrush travel case :) Now allsya need is a 35 gallon tube of Colgate.
     
  11. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member


    Gard - who is a fellow TB'er and who works at Bass Central designed a much more substantial gig bag :

    Undercover/NS Design gigbag

    This was $125 and it is a huge difference from the one that comes with the bass - I would be happy about using this on a plane, although it's not technically a flight case and is softish...

    I think you can see them if you go to www.basscentral.com
     
  12. mburd

    mburd

    Aug 20, 2004
    Maine
    ..LMAO.. now I know what I'm gonna do for halloween

    (hint: brusha-brusha)
     
  13. mburd

    mburd

    Aug 20, 2004
    Maine
     
  14. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

     
  15. Hi Bruce, what are the UK delivery times like on those?
     
  16. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I ordered one from Gard at Bass Central on 15 October last year and it arrived early November - I was very pleased - you can always PM Gard via TB to talk about them or email the Bass Central site. :)
     
  17. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
  18. mburd

    mburd

    Aug 20, 2004
    Maine
    yes, a nice looking case indeed, but alas.. approx 10" too short for the NS.
     
  19. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA

    Ok, a bum link, but the idea is there. There are plenty of Anvil type cases out there are similar. Out church has a bunch of them for a portable lighting rig. They are at least 60" long.
     
  20. mrpc

    mrpc Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Don't know what the specs are on th NS, but you might try looking at tripod cases at

    www.markertek.com

    Hope this helps.