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Gig Bag for a Conn 5J

Postby Uncle Markie » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:42 am

Any suggestions for a gig bag for a Conn 5J? Trying to keep it around the $200 range.
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Re: Gig Bag for a Conn 5J

Postby Phil Dawson » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:47 am

One of the Miraphone bags fits my 3J quite nicely. It is a top loader but built very well. It is not as nice as the Cronkite leather bags I have but it is a bunch cheaper. Good luck, Phil
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Re: Gig Bag for a Conn 5J

Postby proam » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:43 pm

I, too, need one for my 5J and have wondered if the Wessex B210 (19" bell, 38" length) would be a good fit. I measure the 5J to have an 18" bell and be about 36" in length. The Wessex bag appears to open on the side. ... a-gig-bag/
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Re: Gig Bag for a Conn 5J

Postby Kirley » Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:32 pm

Wessex bags are unique in their "loader" orientation. I think "back loader" might be the best description for them.

I have one for my King 2341. The only way to get the horn in and out is to have the bag stand on its "bell". Which it does nicely. The bell of the tuba has to go in first (as well as come out last) then the bottom bow will slide in. The design of the bag that I have requires front action tubas to go in with the valves facing in. So you can't lay it down and use it like a more traditional side loader. Not sure if they're all oriented in the same direction as mine, though. But it makes sense since you wouldn't want the valves pushing against your back while using the backpack straps which are located in the "door" panel.

They're decent quality for the price. But the Miraphone bags are much nicer, if you don't mind top loaders. I'm no help on which size you need, though. Sorry.
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