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Mooradian Cover Company is closing!

Discussion in 'Accessories [DB]' started by robbielink, Sep 16, 2019.


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  1. robbielink

    robbielink Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Just received word that the Mooradian Cover Company will close at the end of the year. Peter is retiring. These are (IMO) the finest, most durable bass covers made and have been made in the USA since he founded the company. I bought mine about 15 years ago and it sees heavy use almost daily and still looks like new! If you get one be sure to splurge for the delux. They're expensive but worth it. First case I've owned that the zippers didn't fail before the case wore out.
    It sounds like he will still take dealer orders up through mid October so if you've been thinking about getting one of their cases you'll need to order from your dealer before then.
     
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  2. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Supporting Member

    This is horrible news, (for us.)
    I just bought my 3rd, and now last, Mooradian delux cover.
    (Also - Peter and his staff were fantastic to deal with - see my Thread in this Forum earlier this year. Excellent Customer Service.)
    FYI - Mooradian was started by Ron Mooradian. Peter took over at some point, and did a great job of continuing to provide excellent products and legendary Customer Service.
    Thanks??
     
  3. Carl Hillman

    Carl Hillman

    Jan 1, 2010
    Hopefully, the new Mooradian I bought 4 years ago will outlive me. The one I had before lasted a good 20+ years.

    Ah well, as a wise man once said, whatever has the nature of arising, has the nature of ceasing.
     
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  4. robbielink

    robbielink Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Yes, I remember Ron Mooradian. I was still using my Reunion Blues bag back then. But the zipper died before the case and by then they had moved production to Mexico so I bought a Mooradian. Peter was running it then and he made some custom cases for my baroque instruments, too. He felt that manufacturing cases in the US was becoming unsustainable and he was looking at retiring. I had hoped his daughter (Caroline?) would take over but I guess they decided to close up shop.
     
  5. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Wow...I need to call them today and see if they are still taking in bags for repairs. I have an old one needing a new zipper and some restitching that I've been meaning to have fixed up for ages. They built me a beautiful custom bag for my Azola a few years ago. Well, now what bags should we be looking at? Reunion Blues are nice but $$$$$$$$$$
     
  6. robobass

    robobass

    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    Yes. I bought my Moo in like '91 and it is a rock. Still liikkos practically brand new after at least ten thousand subway rides!
     
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  7. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Augusta GA
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Messina doesn't seem to be having any problems.
     
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  8. Mark Sonksen

    Mark Sonksen

    Jul 28, 2017
    2 completely different company business models, in different states. Massachusets minimum wage: $12 (raising to $15/hours by 2023). Kentucky minimum wage: $7.25 hr. Messina has 1 employee (Dave Messina). Mooradian has 25 employees. And remember that is MINIMUM wage for unskilled labor. A stitcher or sewer capable of making a padded gig bag is definitely a skilled labor job, thus pays much more than any state-obligated minimum.
     
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  9. robbielink

    robbielink Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Thank you for pointing that out!
     
  10. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Augusta GA
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Well, OK (although if, as you say, skilled workers demand a higher wage, that should be true for both businesses, yes?). My only point was - here's another case company that turns out a great product that is made in the US.
     
  11. BobDeRosa

    BobDeRosa Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 16, 2012
    Penfield, NY
    Owner, Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camps
    Are they interested in selling the company?
     
  12. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Just came back from the Mooradian shop, dropped off my old bag for repair. I had a nice chat with Peter and his daughter Emily. They were swamped with calls and emails for orders or repairs once the word got out that they are closing. Although Peter is retiring, it's possible Emily may offer repair service. Stay tuned.
     
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  13. My mom (in Canada) did this all her life (clothes mostly but a lot of work for upholstery which is essential padded bags). Skills yes, wages better than the minimum legally required, I don't think so. My mom only made any money when she did piece work and that was always feast or famine.


    (sorry; end of editorial vaguely relevant to this conversation)
     
  14. rknea

    rknea Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2007
    Boise, ID
    So...I'm looking to upgrade my old 3/4 bass bag. I've found a Mooradian on Amazon for $448. Then there's the Upton bag for $319, and the Gollihur for $172, Messina standard for $395...any suggestions on these or any others I may not know about?
     
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  15. kerrycares

    kerrycares Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
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    Sorry to see the shop closing.
     
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  16. MrSidecar

    MrSidecar Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2008
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    try Glenn Cronkhite Custom Cases – The World's Best Made Gig Bags.

    best
    Sidecar
     
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  17. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
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  18. Not enough money in my pocket for a contrabassoon, otherwise ...
    A good pickup might need several mics for that little thing. Or should I glue a piezo disk on the body?
     
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  19. MrSidecar

    MrSidecar Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2008
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Weird, and however repulsed one might be by the thought, you’ll have to look in the bass guitar bags section :) I should have told you in my initial post.

    However, I have one of those and that’s hands down the best I’ve seen so far when speaking of bass covers.
    Best
    Sidecar
     
  20. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    The handles on Bobelock cases are never in the right place for me. Couldn't tell you why, but for me, it's a fact, Jackt.

    -S-
     

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