i made the cool discovery that skb makes a hardshell, ata compliant, lockable golf bag case that will hold up to 3 very large bass guitars in their gig bags - even my 48" long 8 strings fit (snuggly but fit). it's got wheels, it's got handles, it's hard as a rock, it's relatively light and it's cheap too. check it out... http://www.golfsmith.com/ps/ppage.php?stynum=4816&PHPSESSID=81b850f877f6da7099113e7bd8fc8614 i got two of them and that's going to facilitate me getting 6 of my basses to the namm show. they get checked onto the plane in the special handling area that's used for pets - hand delivered, locked up tight. w00t.