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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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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby Mtrhed » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:06 pm

I agree with Barry, Messina make a very nice side loading bag. I had them build a custom bag for my 2XJ front action conversion and I've use it hauling that monster several time a week for a few years now. The case is as tough as nails. Other then a bit of dirt it shows no wear. Just like anything else, quality you pay for. A couple extra $100 bills is nothing when your protecting a horn worth $1,000's.
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby TheGoyWonder » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:43 pm

gig bag is worse than useless. zero protection, and makes the instrument harder to handle, doubling (or whatever) the chance that you damage it.
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby Three Valves » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:54 pm

True, but with a gig bag it would fit in my car more easily.
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby TheGoyWonder » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:45 pm

Depends on what you are defending against. If you are defending against yourself, just go caseless. You will automatically be careful carrying your instrument. Nothing will ever happen to it. Put it in the backseat, put a blanket over it if you want, you can even buckle it down if want.

If you are defending against others, such having to move it out of their way or load/unload it, or against transport in a bus bay or equipment trailer, hard case is only way.
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby toobagrowl » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:43 pm

The point of gig bags and soft cases are that they DO provide some protection against scratches and smaller dings. They also provide an easier, safer way to carry all your music stuff at the same time, all in one bag/case ---> tuba, mouthpieces, valve oil, sheet music, etc. Try carrying all that stuff on a regular basis without a bag; it would suck. Also, I'd much rather have my tuba & stuff in a bag while on my way to a gig or rehearsal while transporting in a car. A bare tuba bouncing around in the back seat or trunk of your car is certainly less safe than if it were in (even) a cheap/budget soft bag :!: :idea:
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby Jess Haney » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:15 pm

Glen Cronkhite bags they are expensive but very good quality.
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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby Heavy_Metal » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:02 am

Jess Haney wrote:Glen Cronkhite bags they are expensive but very good quality.


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Re: Looking for gig bag recommendations

Postby bort » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:16 am

Götz bags are really nice!
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