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Postby topguy123 » Wed May 15, 2019 8:52 pm

Hi,

I've been looking for a while now for a flight case for by B&S Symphonie, but it's hard to find anything that fits the measurements online. Does anyone have any recommendations or can point me in the right direction to find something that fits? The dimensions are around 38.5 x 15.

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Re: B&S Symphonie Flight Case Recs

Postby bloke » Wed May 15, 2019 8:57 pm

Put it into something sturdy that fits a 186 or 188, and add some extra padding...perhaps the extra padding could be your regular carry bag + an inflated "play" ball (Walmart or dollar store - $3 - $4) in the bell throat that extends out c. 2 - 3 inches past the bell rim.

to/from where are you planning to fly?
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Re: B&S Symphonie Flight Case Recs

Postby olaness1 » Thu May 16, 2019 2:52 am

Hi,

I had to buy one of these a while back, and ended up with a Winter case (2089FBS Special), designed for a Bb tuba, with the padding inside designed to fit the tuba WITH gig bag inside. Works a dream. I got mine from Bob Tucci if that's any use.

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Re: B&S Symphonie Flight Case Recs

Postby greenbean » Thu May 16, 2019 8:36 am

I think one of the Miraphone bags will fit well.

But, with a horn like that... assuming I loved it... I would consider having Goetz or Cronkhite make a bag for it.
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Re: B&S Symphonie Flight Case Recs

Postby olaness1 » Thu May 16, 2019 9:33 am

Hi Greenbean,

yes, I had a Goetz bag made for it, as the gig bag I already had was a very loose fit. Combo of the Goetz bag and the Winter case to fiti it in is superb.
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Re: B&S Symphonie Flight Case Recs

Postby topguy123 » Thu May 16, 2019 5:57 pm

bloke wrote:Put it into something sturdy that fits a 186 or 188, and add some extra padding...perhaps the extra padding could be your regular carry bag + an inflated "play" ball (Walmart or dollar store - $3 - $4) in the bell throat that extends out c. 2 - 3 inches past the bell rim.

to/from where are you planning to fly?


I'm planning to fly to Tennessee this summer from LA for a music festival. Do you know which cases in particular might be a good fit?
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Re: B&S Symphonie Flight Case Recs

Postby bloke » Thu May 16, 2019 7:47 pm

An honest-to-gosh flight case would be a (long defunct...*Mr. Johnson is now in his 70's) Walt Johnson fiberglass with the "4/4" frame.
Mine would fit a typical 4/4 CC (etc.) but also fits a "large" F tuba in a padded bag.

As far as a pseudo flight-case hard case (plastic molded), an MTS 1209V is probably big enough for that F tuba in it's bag.

I strongly encourage you to save the dough and DRIVE.

Your r/t gas cost (assuming 25 mmpg mediocre miles per gallon) would be about $450 (most USA gas costs much less than CA gas), and - driving 10 hrs/day for three days each way) surely you can find four $70/night rooms ($280). If you have a car that does better than 35 mpg on the highway, subtract nearly $150 from the gasoline cost.

Surely, a plane ticket, a hard case, and repair of damage to your instrument (as the airline will damage your tuba anyway) PLUS ground transportation will cost more than $750... Finally, repair-guys are BUSY in the summer, and it's going to be DIFFICULT to find someone to fix your tuba in the middle of the summer. I-40 is a fairly interesting drive, fwiw.
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Re: B&S Symphonie Flight Case Recs

Postby Diego A. Stine » Sun May 19, 2019 8:30 pm

A Walt Johnson plus a gig bag is a minimum regarding protection. If you can find one, the MW aluminum cases are great. Add lots of bubble wrap and a note for TSA. I've put, "This instrument is my livelihood. Please treat it carefully." So far, no damage to my F tuba. It may be beginner's luck, though, as I've only flown with my F twice.
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