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Mono Bass Sleeve a tight fit ?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by the low one, May 30, 2017.


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  1. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
    UK
    I just picked up a Mono bass sleeve and I must say I'm impressed with the quality and level of protection. For a lightweight gig bag it's quite rigid and looks to offer excellent protection all round. Side handle and straps look long lasting.
    I have 2 Fender basses, a P and J and both fit in just fine but the only concern I have is how tight the case seems at the body end, specifically over the volume and tone control knobs. It does seem quite a tight fit. Do any other Sleeve users have any experience of this? I presume it was tested with standard size basses and all will be fine ?
     
  2. JakobT

    JakobT

    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    It actually seems a bit tighter than it is. The thing about the Bass Sleeve is that it has no side walls, it's just two layers of the same foam that's used for Mono's other products. That means the foam has to bend in order to accommodate your bass, so it feels tight, but it really isn't. I've carried my P in mine a lot, with no problems whatsoever.
     
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  3. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hawaii
    I use mine for fly-dates where it fits in the upper bins and it's lighter than my other gig bags and I've had no problems with mine, but I'm still getting used to the handle being on the others side from my other Mono gig-bags.;)
     
  4. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
    UK
    Thanks guys, that's good to hear
     
  5. JakobT

    JakobT

    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    As a lefty, I can only say that I' very happy that the handle is where it is. ;)
     
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  6. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
    UK
    :) I'm a righty but I can't see an issue with the side handle where it is really. Certainly not a deal breaker.
     
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  7. JakobT

    JakobT

    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    I agree. In any case, the handle cannot in fact be placed anywhere else. The zipper is asymmetrical, and goes down lower on the left side than on the right, just like on the Vertigo. But on the Vertigo you have side walls to the bag, and therefore room to place the handle and zipper side by side. On the Bass Sleeve, you don't. In order for the Sleeve to balance correctly when carried by the handle, the only option is to place it on the other side, where the zipper is shorter.
     
  8. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
    UK
    Does anyone else find that the bass goes out of tune when in the Sleeve? The large tuners on the Fender basses either dig in to the padding or get turned flat.
     
  9. Bassmantd

    Bassmantd

    Aug 1, 2015
    It does seem really tight at the headstock. Does anyone see that as a problem that it is pushing against the tuners?
     
  10. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
    UK
    I was worried about this too but I think JacobT made a good point:
    So the bending foam keeps the bass in place.

    Isn't this the same as the Levys CM19 and other Levys where they have no side walls and the action of the front and rear faces coming together giving solid protection.
     
  11. JakobT

    JakobT

    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    It depends on the bass. My P and my Sabre are OK, but my EBMM SUB has tuners with lighter action, so it tends to go out of tune when I carry it in the sleeve. This doesn't really matter to me, as I always retune after transport anyway.
     
  12. Aidil

    Aidil

    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    Wish I could use the Sleeve or any other slimline cases... All my basses have tilted back headstock, so if I put one inside a slimline case, not only it might ruining the tunings, but most importantly the top part of the case would bend, thus the tip of the tilted back headstock would still get impact whenever the case falls down on its back and hit the floor.
     
  13. Glorp

    Glorp

    Feb 10, 2016
    Victoria BC
    I've noticed on my Jazz V(4+1) that it's a very tight fit over the machines. I'm not worried about my bass going out of tune(That's just what gig bags do) but I hope that it doesn't shorten the life of the zipper due to the sustained tension on it.
     
  14. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
    UK
    I did email Mono about this and they said that a lot of testing was done with P and J basses and should be OK.
    I guess we can always detune a machine by a quarter turn to make it sit flatter in the gig bag. I usually like to leave my basses in tune all the time but I'm sure a quarter turn will do no harm, and it will stop the larger Fender tuners digging in to the padding and stretching the zip.
     
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