Who makes a good ATA case?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by lo-end, Nov 30, 2001.

  1. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    I need a 3U size ATA rack case for my Ampeg SVT-4. I want something nice and strong that will stand up better than those el cheapo SKB cases. What do you guys recommend?

    If I want to get a good ATA style case, will I have to have it custom built? I looked at anvil cases and I was kinda scared off by all their different options and such. They seem a little too professional for me... :eek:

    I also would like to have something comparable to the case on my Mesa Road Ready. Thats pretty heavy duty stuff on there, I want a case for my amp thats just as good, if not better.

    So what can you guys recommend?
  2. jljohnson85


    Nov 27, 2000
    Woodstock, GA
  3. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    I think calzone and anvil cases are made by the same company. Their websites look identical, and when I did a search on yahoo, it came up as Calzone/Anvil cases.
  4. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    oh yeah, if anyone has a calzone or anvil case, what is the difference between them, and how much would it cost for a basic 3U case to be built?
  5. leper


    Jun 21, 2001
    everyone bags on the skbs, but my skb rack case is ata certified (meaning if its in a bus plane etc and it gets screwed up they buy it). I much prefer the skbs as they're a TON lighter and meet the same specifications as the anvil etc counterparts.

    I say go skb, but just make sure you get the ones that have the front AND rear rack rails (those are teh ata rated ones) or a shock mount. Do not get one of the shallow ones, X racks, or roto racks...all those are indeed crap.
  6. coyoteboy

    coyoteboy Bongo destroys villages and does my laundry Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2000
    Sactomato, CA
    I've have SKB's, and they have lasted a long time, I still have my first one, it's about 8 years old, and all the latches are still fine. I've also found a good deal on plywood/extruded aluminum cases, made to your specs at www.engineeredcase.com. they're Canadian, and you actually get a good deal with the exchange rate. The 12-space shock mount with lidmaker extruded lids (ask them about this feature) shown in the pic was had for a little over $500 US, so your case would be much less.
  7. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    keep in mind that ATA means shock mounted... .which means foam... or springy things.... if that's what you're really looking for, i think mesa boogie makes the best ones out there.. .

    oh... and 3 spaces? you could have fit an SVP-pro and a mackie in there ;)
  8. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    hehe ;)

    I think Im gonna go for a Calzone case. I private messaged a guy who has a calzone case, among other good ATA cases, and he said they cost between $200 and $300, which is a realistic amount of money for me to pay. But you have to design them yourself, which still kinda scares me.
  9. lo-end,

    Just tell Calzone you want a 3/8" ATA rack case with recessed hardware and a rack depth of at least 16". Nothing to it! You might want to make sure you get rubber feet on it too. Good luck.