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Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby Lew » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:21 pm

The gig bag that I bought with my Besson 983 Eb has pretty much fallen apart and I am now using the hard case with it all the time. While this certainly protects it, I am having some issues that mean I need to lighten things up. Does anybody have a suggestion for the best gig bag to use for this horn? Right now I am debating between the Gard and Pro-Tec Platinum bags. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby shinytuba7 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:32 pm

I'd say the Miraphone gig bags are worth looking into. Try getting in touch with the Horn Guys to see if they think any of the various sizes are a good fit.

They have a nice chart to show which bags go with which horns: https://www.hornguys.com/collections/tuba-cases/products/miraphone-tuba-gig-bag-1
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby Art Hovey » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:56 pm

Take a look at the Wessex website. Good design, well-made, and many size choices.
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby ronr » Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:03 am

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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby nworbekim » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:46 pm

ronr wrote:Altieri


a good choice, i like mine.
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby bloke » Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:10 pm

What are the 983 bell diameter and overall height?

Might it fit in one of the Miraphone rotary Eb tuba bags?
Those bags are "the s_ _t" as far as quality top-loaders are concerned.
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby zombie2u » Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:29 pm

Kind of unrelated, but why do people like gig bags so much? I had one for a Quantum Contra and it just was really inconvenient. I'd rather wheel up to a venue than carry it on my back anyhow. Eventually the back strap broke so that didn't work. It was an older Protec model, wasn't mine and same happened to another one the guy who owned it used. Was weird.
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby Mark Finley » Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:33 pm

If you're judging all gig bags based on the quality of a protec, there's your problem

For most of us, a hard case is just too damn inconvenient, and we know how to care for a horn well enough that major damage isn't really an issue.
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby zombie2u » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:00 am

I will probably invest in a good gig bag and hard case for whichever tuba I end up buying
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby Eflatdoubler » Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:44 pm

I really like my Miraphone as far as top loaders go. It is comfortabe to carry and it has a hard board in the lid to offer a little more bell protection.
As I said elsewhere, I wish they still had the small mouthpiece pouch inside of the lid of the case, but it offers pretty decent protection for a gig bag.
The e-flat/f Miraphone bag does says it fits a 983 but is a tight fit.

These are way better than Protecs.
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby ckalaher1 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:33 am

Protec Deluxe-Not a very good bag.

Protec Platinum-Very nice bag.

No comparison between the two, in my opinion.

The miraphone bags are really nice top loaders, but if you're looking for a side loader, the Protec Platinum is pretty darned close to a Cronkhite

Not as good as a Cronkhite, mind you, but for a little over $200, they are a very reasonable facsimile until the Cronkhite's get cranked out again......
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby barry grrr-ero » Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:37 am

Messina Covers can make you a custom bag that will look really good. However, they're more money than most bags.

http://www.messinacovers.net/low-brass
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