Over the weekend I took advantage of Music123's 20% 4th of July sale to buy a 44-02 Deluxe. Neither the Lakland site nor the Music123 site were clear about whether the bass comes with a case or gigbag. I called called Music123, but they were unable to help, as they can't physically check inventory over a weekend. Since I was getting what seemed to me like a really good price on the bass, I ordered it anyway. Today, I e-mailed Lakland directly, and discovered that no case or gigbag is supplied, so I added a gigbag to my order. To their credit, Music123 was obliging about the change, and didn't charge any shipping for the extra item. I'm a little surprised that a $2K retail instrument doesn't come with a case or gigbag. As a guitarist, I've always been supplied with good hardshell cases when buying guitars, whether acoustic or electric. My only previous bass, a Washburn X102 blem, didn't come with a case, but it only cost $80 brand new, so I wasn't surprised. I am a very casual bass player, and this is my first "good" bass - I don't know what the industry standard practice is. Is this usual for basses in this price range? It's not like the extra $70 for the Lakland gig bag is a big deal, but it does leave me feeling somewhat nonplussed.