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Gig bags/case for detachable recording bell tubas

Postby dmmorris » Fri May 06, 2005 2:44 pm

I know the old cases for King, Conn, York (etc.) tubas usually came as two cases one for the body and one for the bell. How are you guys with recording bell tubas schlepping them around if you don't a have the original cases?

Are there any vendors making cases or gig bags that will fit tubas with recording bells?

Any of you have experience with Dolly/Cronkhite/Alteri custom dimensioned gig bags for recording bell tubas?


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Postby Lew » Fri May 06, 2005 2:50 pm

I had a 2 piece Altieri bag made for my Martin recording BAT. She did a great job making bags that fit the body and bell. It was very convenient to carry in the 2 bags, and I never had any damage, but I was very careful when carrying them. I treated the gig bags as if I were carrying the horn in nothing with straps attached.

I had a Conn 22J that came with 2 leather covered wood cases, and it was a bear to lug those things around. They definitely protected the horn though.

Badger State repair (262) 723-4062, will custom make hard cases for any horn. I haven't used them, but the ones I have seen seem pretty solid.
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Postby Normal » Fri May 06, 2005 3:25 pm

In situations where someone else is responsible (i.e. in a van with other instruments), I use the two cases made for my King 1241. When I am the one doing the handling, I have been known to put the body with the recording bell attached into my Tuxedo bag. There is enough give in the top of the bag that the bell fits with only a slight bulge in the top. I see no real stresses put on the tuba that might lead to damage. I am also very careful about what the bell might run into.
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Postby dmmorris » Fri May 06, 2005 3:39 pm

Thanks Lew. I've liked what I've bought from Altieri in the past, so I may go that route.

I also just found these at the auction site

Don't know about build quality though........around the same price break as a gig-bag, but a lot heavier I'll bet.

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Postby Lew » Fri May 06, 2005 3:44 pm

dmmorris wrote:Thanks Lew. I've liked what I've bought from Altieri in the past, so I may go that route.

I also just found these at the auction site

Don't know about build quality though........around the same price break as a gig-bag, but a lot heavier I'll bet.

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Those are being sold by Taylor music, with whom I've had good luck in the past. They look like the cases that Badger State (Ed Strege) sells. They aren't much more expensive than having bags made, and will definitely be more protective. Weight is the only issue. If you want protection I would think they are worth a try.

It is interesting that they say that they fit Conn 2XJ's and King 12/2340/1's. The Conns are much larger than the Kings, especially the newer Kings with the 19" bells.
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Postby Will » Fri May 06, 2005 4:13 pm

A friend of mine uses an old yamaha bag for his bell-front Yorkmaster. He has to turn the bell in, but it works. I remember seeing something about a bag for a bell-front tuba, but maybe it was a bell-front euphonium/baritone.
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Postby HeliconMan » Fri May 06, 2005 5:23 pm

I use an Altieri bag for my bellfront and a good friend uses a gig bag from an old Cerveney kaisertuba with his bellfront. His York is fairly small (a bit bigger than a King 1241/2341. I think it is a Tuxedo bag. I have really liked the Altieri bag for my horn, but it is a 1 piece bag. If you are willing to pay for a gig bag from Donna, it is well worth it for local carrying. I have trunks for my Conn, but don't use them because of the hassle.
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Re: Gig bags/case for detachable recording bell tubas

Postby hrender » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:25 pm

Re-upping an old thread: Anyone have any recent experiences with using gig bags with large, recording-bell horns? I've recently acquired a top-action Martin Mammoth with a recording bell. I've gotten a set of the Taylor cases for the horn, and while they're very sturdy, they're also very heavy. I'm interested in possibly getting a set of gig bags for the body & bell for short trips.
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Re: Gig bags/case for detachable recording bell tubas

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