Sousaphone Gig Bags: What do you want?...

TubeNet Sponsors make TubeNet possible!
Post Reply
greenbean
Superfine Cases
Superfine Cases
Posts: 241
Joined: Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:01 am
Location: San Francisco

Sousaphone Gig Bags: What do you want?...

Post by greenbean »

Kirley just had a brilliant idea. We would like to find out what you sousaphone players want in a gig bag BEFORE I start making them.

So, what would you like to see in your ideal gig bag? What is important to you? What do you like/hate about the bags that are out there?
-----
Tom Rice
http://www.Superfinecases.com"
Eastman 534 BBb w/ Hammond mpcs
rollo
lurker
lurker
Posts: 9
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:41 pm
Location: St. Peter, MN

Re: Sousaphone Gig Bags: What do you want?...

Post by rollo »

I have the Gard sousa bag. I mostly like it! The padding is okay, and I like the pocket on the outside, although it could stand to be a bit bigger maybe? What I really don't like are the backpack straps, they are too low for my tastes. Maybe it's becuase i'm not all that tall (5'7"), but I'd like the horn to sit higher on my back so it doesn't bang against the back of my knees while i try to walk with it.
Yamaha 641
Conn 20K naked lady (Valentina)

MBI - '06, contra
Madison Scouts - '07, contra
The Govenaires - '08 - 15, contra
The Govenaires - '07, '16, euphonium
The Govenaires - '17 - '19, contra
User avatar
Ltrain
3 valves
3 valves
Posts: 305
Joined: Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:58 am

Re: Sousaphone Gig Bags: What do you want?...

Post by Ltrain »

Let’s try this again! I’m not sure if you saw it, but my well thought out reply was lost in the forum update. I’ll try to remember everything in the following bullets and add a couple new ones:
  • External pockets that face upwards when bag is on your back and are big and sturdy enough to hold the biggest iPads
  • Bag designed for be set down/stashed vertically (same orientation as when it’s on your back) with a flattened and rubber-reinforced bottom surface a la Mono gig bags (industry leader in ergonomic guitar/drum/DJ bags; ex: https://monocreators.com/products/verti ... case-black
  • I explained this much better in my original post, but sousa bags need a heavy-duty horizontal handle right above the backpack straps as an ergonomic aid to help get the bag on your back without flailing around or putting all the weight on a single strap while picking it up (ex: you would grab the new strap with one hand, slip your opposite arm through the first backpack strap; this is also a feature in the Mono bags, so take a look to see what I mean)
  • Strap hardware and zipper needs to be extra heavy duty
  • A bungee net or 6-8 attachment rings on the front of the bag to attach a music stand, for example
  • Backpack straps placed to maximize mobility for all heights
  • Modular internal padding to accommodate everything from a 14K to a 20K
  • Extra padding/rigidity around valves
  • Offer a non-leather (vegan) version at least as an option
Eastman 853 Eb ("Edith")
1963 King 1250 Sousaphone ("Jackie O")
Aguilar Amplification
--------------
Founder, L Train Brass Band
Post Reply