Upton Bass Bag - Reviews?

Discussion in 'Accessories [DB]' started by Steve Freides, Dec 15, 2016.


  1. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Anyone using an Upton Bass Bag - their Deluxe model looks good.

    -S-
     
  2. Steven Ayres

    Steven Ayres Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    Northern Arizona
    I've got one of the green ones. I can be hard on bags, and this one has held up better than any other I've owned, fwiw. Decent padding, good choices on handles, full-clamshell opening. The only thing that's gone wrong is the zipper pull, the pot-metal handle broke off.
     
  3. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Tennessee
    Sturdy, well-padded, well-placed handles . . . I have nothing to complain about.
     
  4. BobKay

    BobKay Supporting Member

    Nov 5, 2012
    Estero, Florida; USA
    Mine has been fine. Good handle placement. It has a Bobelock label inside.
     
  5. tonequixote

    tonequixote

    Feb 6, 2004
    Maine
    I have the non Upton branded Bobelock deluxe and the zippers no longer function. Disappointed to say the least because I liked everything else about the bag. I'm going to see about getting new zippers, but have the feeling it will be cost prohibitive. Next !!
     
  6. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Are you saying the Upton and the Bobelock are the same bag? I had a Bobelock and the side handles are too low for me.

    Thanks.

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  7. Mgaisbacher

    Mgaisbacher Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2012
    Nashville, TN
    I had the upton deluxe case when I had one of their basses, its a fine, well made case but I prefer the mooradian cases, They seem a little more sturdy and I like where the handles are.

    Although if I needed a new case right now I would most likely get a messina, a few of my friends have them and they seem like some of the best cases out there. But really I think you can't go wrong with any of them, they are are all high quality and should last a long time.
     
  8. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    @Mgaisbacher, I can and have gone wrong - that's why I'm asking questions. The Bobelock is no good for me, for sure. Messina looks good but again, my concern is handle placement - makes me nuts (ok, more nuts) to have to reach to what feels like almost the ground to grab a side handle.

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  9. Mgaisbacher

    Mgaisbacher Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2012
    Nashville, TN
    I think the best thing to do then would be to call the upton guys and see what their return policy is and maybe just buy one and try carrying you bass around a bit to see if you like it. Maybe try the same thing with a few other cases. I think almost any case mentioned in this post are made well but its up to you personally if you like the handle placement and you won't know that until your bass is in it and you are carrying it around.
     
  10. Bass_Cadet

    Bass_Cadet Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2001
    I'm sure if you get a custom cover from Messina you can specify exactly where you want the handles. Highly recommend emailing them and asking.
     
  11. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Well, the used Mooradian is coming my way, so that will be my next case.

    Good to have learned about Messina - I didn't see any pricing on their web site, though. Any idea what a standard 3/4 bag would go for these days?

    Thanks.

    -S-
     
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  12. tonequixote

    tonequixote

    Feb 6, 2004
    Maine
    I'm saying that both bags look the same and have Bobelock labels in them. There may be differences that I'm not aware of. I think the folks at Upton would know.
     
  13. misterbadger

    misterbadger Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Northern California
    I had both Upton and Bobelock bags. The main difference seemed to be the embroidered "UB" on the Upton's accessory pouch. Side handles weren't bad, but not quite right for me. My ancient Joe's House of Sandals bag is the first I've had that just gets them right.
     
  14. Bass_Cadet

    Bass_Cadet Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2001
    In August/September 2016, it was $395 + shipping. Custom adds $75, which is worthwhile. I picked two colors, an extra pocket, and embroidery. The cover was made from a tracing and took less than two weeks. It was for a small 3/4 bass and is a perfect fit.

    My bass came with a well worn Cushy (by Mooradian) bag that was way too big and may have contributed to the severe fraying inside. After I received the Messina, I took the Cushy to a seamstress and she hemmed all around inside and patched a hole in a pocket for $50. I use it with my old bass and it's OK.
     
  15. BobKay

    BobKay Supporting Member

    Nov 5, 2012
    Estero, Florida; USA
    I have a Messina for my 7/8ths. I chose all of the features: color (grey sides and back, yellow top), zipper and handle placement, exterior pockets. Nice bag. We will see how it holds up.
     
  16. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    I thought I'd post the end of this saga - a fellow TB'er PM'ed me with an offer I couldn't refuse: a used Mooradian standard 3/4 size bag. It arrived yesterday, fits my Juzek perfectly, and I'm done for now.

    -S-
     
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  17. Eric Rene Roy

    Eric Rene Roy

    Mar 19, 2002
    Mystic, CT
    President: Upton Bass String Instrument Co.
    We have another supplier now as there were changes we wanted that we couldn't get before. The new bag (In stock for about a year now) is great...I had them put the handles where I could reach them as the old ones might have been OK if you were a gorilla. I've not had a call yet on a failed zipper with the new bags...
     
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  18. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Nashville TN
    I tried calling but didn't get a response. I'm looking at the deluxe bag for my shen willow 7/8 will this bag fit?
     
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