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How do you carry/store your DIY pedal board?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by mambo4, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    I just put together my first DIY pedal board, and now it's too big for the cool old suitcase I carried the individual pedals around in. I'm tryign to find some reasonably neat carrying case -something better than the pink backpack I had to grab form the store room, at least.

    Have you found any unusual but cool ways to haul your pedal board about?
  2. what size is the board?

    i've had great luck with aluminum tool & gun cases. namely:
    harborfreight.com for tool (these tend to be smaller) or for
    25" - 48" x 15" x 6" search amazon.com for Rhyno AlumiTuff.

    lots of other brands, shapes & sizes out there. these worked for me.
  3. MSUsousaphone


    Dec 4, 2009
    Lake Charles, La
    Endorsed Artist: Myco Pedals
    The first one I built...I built it specifically the size to be able to fit into a Jim Halpert type over the shoulder bagger thing.

    The new one I'm building is being built into an ATA Flight Case. You can get one of them for $80ish...I know that's not real cheap....

    ATA Effects Pedal Cases
  4. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    those rhyno cases look pretty badass! but at 89 bucks I'm not sure there's something cheaper.
    my board is just above 24" wide, which makes it too big for a funky \ old suitcase...
  5. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Look for an old suitcase or briefcase at a pawn shop.
  6. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011

    I keep my DIY pedalboard in a genuine meets-or-exceeds-ATA-spec-300 briefcase built by Future Cases in Massachussetts...and believe me, it cost a lot more than $80! Eighty bucks is a steal for something that really is ATA 300 compliant.
  7. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    I found a Gator bag that fits - they make a bunch of them that are sized for different keyboard units. Think that it cost me around $30. Mind you I wouldn't check it on a plane or let roadies throw it in the back of a trailer but for a no-name guy like me carrying my own stuff to gigs it works great. Mine holds my pedalboards, powerstrip, and two folding bass stands, and a music stand.
  8. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    I use a laptop bag that was given to me for free. it also can hold all my cables picks batteries and my vocal processor.
  9. there's a 25" for $65

    or if you just google shop search "aluminum gun case" there are options from other manufacturers.

    here's my 35" Rhyno

    & my bass board, a harbor freight tool case.
  10. MSUsousaphone


    Dec 4, 2009
    Lake Charles, La
    Endorsed Artist: Myco Pedals
    Oh yeah....I'm sure it's like buying a Folex for $5 off a guy on the streets.....but it works. :ninja:
  11. G.Bisson


    Feb 26, 2009
    quick and easy solution:
    wrap the pedalboard in a beach towel. holds everything together and provides plenty of padding.


    I've brought a towel to every gig and have found a use for it every time.
  12. 42_towel.
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  13. G.Bisson


    Feb 26, 2009
    ^ you think velcro will stick to that?
    Could use a towel as DIY pedalboard. Just roll up and go! Ultra-lite! :p
  14. +1K

    I have always used a keyboard case or bag
  15. Inhissteps


    Jan 11, 2012
    I just picked up a STAGG pedal case for my GT10B. Lots of room. for it and 3" inches extra on the side for power supplies, patch cords and other cables. The pedal Velcro's down to the case so its doesn't move around. Nice robust case.
  16. K2000


    Nov 16, 2005
    Keyboard road cases might work, if your dimensions match up.

    Rondo makes cheap pedal board cases too, no idea if they are worthy though.

    I have a cardboard box that I built, but I'm not gigging it.
  17. JehuJava

    JehuJava Bass Frequency Technician

    Oct 15, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    pelican cases?
  18. Johno Dunn

    Johno Dunn Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    Carpinteria, Ca.
    Found a PT2 soft case for sale on here for $30. Fits my Ikea Gorm board pretty darn well.

  19. Philonius

    Philonius Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    2k W of the Duwamsh
    'Built a board that fits inside an old typewriter case; includes DC Brick power supply.


    It's small enough that I have to maintain a strict one-in one-out policy on pedals.

  20. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    ha! I've got a Roland GR-300 (blue guitar synth floorbox from the early 1980s, a la Pat Metheny) and it fits perfectly in the plastic case from my old typewriter!

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