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which rack case to get

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bass_extremes, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. bass_extremes


    Jul 9, 2005
    Hey everyone, I been getting together all the gear that ive been asking around about all the pieces that I want to make my rig. But if I spend a bunch on money on it I want to protect my investment so what kind of rack case should I get So far I think im going to put a qsc plx series power amp the 1202 and I one rackspace preamp. I want to have 2 spaces left for a compressor and maybe something else what could you guys recommend me?
  2. haujobb


    Dec 16, 2004
    The easiest option is to buy an SKB or Gator molded case, there a good value, and they're really light weight. The rail inserts are annoying as hell tho.
  3. Keep in mind when buying a case,all the overheating issues that have been descussed here.I would make sure there is room on both sides ,and the top for air circulation.I have an ampeg 4 pro that is side vented,so an skb case isnt my choise.The sides have concave in them limiting air flow.I am not familiar with your rig, so I cant say what is good and what is bad.Just keep cooling in mind when you buy. :bassist:
  4. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Glen Cove, NY
    Hmm, I'm in the same situation, need to rack up my SWR bass 350 soon. Anyone know any side-vented rack cases or bags?
  5. Crockettnj


    Sep 2, 2005
    North NJ
    i have a roack that is 1 space larger than i need. lots of venting directly above my amp with teh open rack space. i consider / woudl consider drilling some extra airholes in the top of the amp cover if i played super loud real long term, and crove the amp. i dont k so i havnt.
  6. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    I have a mesa 400+ which I use in a Gator 4 unit rack with no problems at all. I have, however, "modded"the rack by drilling 14" holes in the handle inserts which allows the Mesa's sidemounted fan to provide good air flow. The other mod I did was to drill out the bottom catches so that I can put the front and back on with greater ease when it is sitting on a speaker - this means you cannot use the key lock but that is not an issue with me.
  7. I,m going to rack mount my ampeg pro4 which also has the cooling fan on the side.I,m waiting for my rack to come.mine has the carrying handle on the front,so the side are flat.I,m going to buy some locker vents and install these for cross ventilation.Locker vents are available through marine (boat ) stores.I think they will look good..
  8. I only have experience with the Gator case, but my screw holes seem misaligned. I have a very difficult time getting my amp's holes to match up with Gator's. Also, their hinged face-plate attachement scheme scratched up the face of my amp, which I'm a little cheesed off about. If you get the Gator, avoid the rack-space closest to the hinges.

    - Andrew
  9. 7thbass


    Nov 21, 2003
    Houston, Tx
    The above-referenced rack is very light, comparable to that of the non-Roto skb's. If you like wood, its very good.
  10. xshawnxearthx


    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    i have a gator shock mount 4 case and i'm not a big fan. the handles and cut outs are too small for my large hands.

    however, my skb is awesome.
  11. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Grundorf. They are the best without a doubt.
  12. ardorx


    Sep 23, 2004
    Sugar Land, TX
    I have one of the SKB ones with wheels. Wheels make everything easier. And it doesn't weigh that much either.
  13. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    I agree with Andrew about the alignment of holes on the SKB, it does take a bit of patience but it can be done. Re his comments on the front hinges scratching, these are what I removed - very easily drilled out in a matter of minutes with no effect on the case other than the lock cannot be used.
  14. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Glen Cove, NY
  15. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Glen Cove, NY
    Bumpity bump!
  16. Monomer


    Jul 22, 2005
  17. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    I've used a 6 space Gator Roller rack-it has served me well. When the wheel popped, Gator sent me replacements for free. I dig the rack.
  18. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Glen Cove, NY
    Yes yes yes, but what about the ventilation screens? Do they work?
  19. Those vent panels won't breathe better than the empty space they are meant to occupy, but they look nice and keep small animals out.