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Making a form fitting mold for flight case

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Bob Clayton, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton My P doesn’t have flats or tort Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    I recently got a good deal on a flight case, but the interior is very genetic. Not form fitting to any bass. I'd like to do something a little more form fitting. Wondering what people have done in the past.

    Anyone try some foam filler like this guy?
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
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  3. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Ewww... you mean it's filled with someone else's DNA? :)

    Companies like Anvil and Calzone will (re-)make a form-fit interior for an existing case using medium-density urethane foam covered with a wonderfully soft plush fur-type lining, based on a bunch of very specific measurements and a full-sized tracing of the outline of your instrument. The hitch is, they may not do that if they didn't supply the original case...but it's worth asking, because the results are stunningly beautiful, and much better than Pick'n'Pluck cubes or raw foam cut with an electric carving knife.

    Edit: but another thing to consider is that a good case doesn't need to be 100% form-fit; it just needs to support the instrument at a few critical places, and ensure that the instrument won't move around. So perhaps you can make your generic case usable with just some strategically applied foam supports. GruvGear sells some lovely foam blocks covered with a plush fabric.
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    An odd thought, but for the past 40+ years my 1963 P has ridden in its original tan Fender case (a loose fit) with an old flannel baby blanket wrapped around it. That blanket fills some space, and treats the paint gently. If it's not too bad a fit, adding one layer of fleece or flannel might be the least expensive way to add just enough material to make it fit more snugly. Gives you a handy way to rub the bass down, too.
  5. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I've seen cases for an item we are forbidden to discuss done like the link in your post. They did theirs with a piece of black plush cloth backed with cling wrap draped over the unit, then shot the box full of some kind of expanding foam and let it sit. The end result was a very good looking presentation box.
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