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Looking for a rack case. Pro's & con's of ABS

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by slap-a-da-bass, Apr 3, 2015.


  1. slap-a-da-bass

    slap-a-da-bass

    Sep 28, 2009
    Simple one...I'm looking for a 6 space rack case to put my head, wireless, tuner, etc in. I was going to go with a shallow rack to reduce the size.

    Two questions I have...

    Looking at the wood cases (sold by Carvin), they have a 6 space for $100. I was initially thinking I wanted a molded case like SKB or Gator. After looking further, it seems SKB only makes a shallow case in a 4U or less. The pricing of the molded cases are about $160.

    Is it worth the extra cash? What are the pro's con's of a ABS/Wood case. I really wasn't planning on spending that much.

    I should also add, I don't gig often, I just want a play to keep everything solid and hooked up. I also live in Wisconsin. Is there any issues with the ABS in below zero weather?
     
  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    I've been using SKB ABS cases for 25 years without a problem and prefer them to 'wood' cases. They're lighter and sturdy don't have joints or any other places to fail, and with gasketed lids are sealed from the elements. I currently have 3 and 4 space in regular use with a couple others for 'studio' use.
     
  3. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    The SKB stuff is great for light and medium weight setups. One of my faith racks is over 130 lbs in 5 rack spaces. I'm not sure I would trust that much weight to an ABS case. I would be concerned about the riveted rack rails pulling out. At some point. So that puppy is in a heavy duty wood case that weighs a ton... I have 6 and 8 space SKB's in use for other lighter weight FOH gear and over the years SKB has been great about sending me latch kits and gaskets to keep them in shape. My racks are old and have seen a lot of use. Their customer service is just great.

    For the typical bass rig, I would go SKB.
     
  4. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    SKB *does* offer 6u shallow racks: Rack Products | SKB Music / ProAV. So does Gator: Amazon.com: Gator Shallow 6U Audio Rack (GR-6S): Musical Instruments

    Weight. A filled 6u wood rack starts to get into PITA territory. Theoretically, in dangerously cold weather the ABS will become less flexible, but that shouldn't be an issue for typical use. (I'm assuming you're neither flinging your racks around at -60º nor leaving them outside for all of February in Eau Claire).
     
  5. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
  6. RustyAxe

    RustyAxe

    Jul 8, 2008
    Connecticut
    I have Gator shallow rack cases ... 3U, 4U and 6U. I wouldn't want to trust some half-lit roadie to handle my gear in these cases, but I handle my own so it's no problem.
     
  7. slap-a-da-bass

    slap-a-da-bass

    Sep 28, 2009
    I'm my own roadie, and I'm always careful. I own the PA too, and my gear always stays in excellent condition.

    I'm leaning toward a SKB right now. Even thinking of going the full depth, then it can hold all the power cords & extension cords too
     
  8. slap-a-da-bass

    slap-a-da-bass

    Sep 28, 2009
    I can either go with a 6 space shallow or a 4 space deep. Going with the shallow, I could rack stuff in the back
     
  9. gearhead1972

    gearhead1972

    Feb 21, 2012
    Kent NY
    I have the Carvin shallow 6 space. Still plenty of room to leave everything connected and tucked away, the covers give another 2 inches of space. I have had it 2 years with moderate giging and it still looks brand new
     
  10. Geri O

    Geri O Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    The SKB stuff is certainly worthy of consideration, but...

    I've been buying racks and cases from Audiopile.net. They have several models of racks and each racks comes in several depths. Great cases for the money and very reasonably priced. And they are great people to deal with.
     
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  11. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco/HELIX user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    Carvin or Seismic Audio cases are used here(wood/alum) since I'm my own roadie now most of the time.

    Gator's also appears to survive, see picture below.
    Our keyboardist/guitarist had a drunk wedding reception guess come full-on into his keyboard stand, knocking him and his gear over. Cases survived, contents survived, and his laptop(with solid state hard drive) survived a 4 foot drop onto concrete(it was still running).....it's out of the picture to the right since it flew about 5 feet.

    All this did was crack some of his BOSE plastic and break a few cables AND end the gig about 30 minutes early. Keyboardist/guitarist was congratulated for not dropping any F-bombs or profanities or even appearing mad. He was in shock but also controlled himself(customer relations and all that).

    AvalancheWedding.JPG
    PS: I was REAL lucky. There's a smashed tubular guitar stand in there that had a bass on it before we started this song.
     
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2015
  12. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Oh yikes!
     
  13. Nev375

    Nev375

    Nov 2, 2010
    Missouri
    Wood cases are great if they never leave the house.
     
  14. f.c.geil

    f.c.geil

    May 12, 2011
    SKB rotomolded (ABS) cases are the best. They are water resistant (wood is not), more shock resistant (the plastic has natural give, and thus acts like a shock absorber), and far lighter. I've had no issues with my rails coming out, although I feared they would. SKB customer service is on par with A-Designs'.
     
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  15. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    chicago
    yes sir! thats what i did also (full size for extra storage) i went with the skb 4space roto rack.
     
  16. f.c.geil

    f.c.geil

    May 12, 2011
    I'll add another vote for full-depth. I do that, and have room for all my cables. Storing them there has the added benefit of helping to balance the case, as it gets very front heavy otherwise. No big deal, just a little awkward to carry in one hand. Of course, I have a six space with a power block, EQ, tuner, PF-350, Markbass Compressore, high-pass filter, and a REDDI in it, so I'm probably going a little beyond what it was intended for. It works great, though, just doesn't balance well...
     

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