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Gig Bag Construction

Postby Diego A. Stine » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:38 am

Hello all,

When I bought my F tuba, it came with a brown leather duffel bag that was extremely difficult to put the tuba in. It also shook around a lot while in the bag. The bag did not come with backpack straps, just a pair of regular handles that were twice as long as they needed to be. I started by removing the sewing that held together the three largest pieces of the bag (which was originally a cylinder with a 32-inch zipper down the side). I got rid of one of the circles, one of the extra-long handles, and other odds and ends that didn't add to the bag whatsoever and reassembled the bag into a shape that I could comfortably get the tuba in and out of. So far, its held together by Gorilla Tape, a staple gun, and lots of safety pins. I plan to take it to a shoe repair place to finish the sewing that I do not know how to do (which is to say, almost all of it). The button that holds the bag closed is of my own handiwork, and I must say I'm rather pleased with how it turned out. :)

Pictures of the finished product (so far) ... sp=sharing

Once I get the bag sewed shut where I can pick it up without cradling it like a baby (and without the safety pins snapping), I plan to add backpack straps and a Cronkhite-esque music pocket.
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Re: Gig Bag Construction

Postby Kirley » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:39 am

Thanks for sharing.
Good luck getting it all sewn up.
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Re: Gig Bag Construction

Postby stewki » Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:04 pm

Looks nice! Do you plan on that music pocket being big enough to handle a large folder, notebooks, or whatever form your music comes in for maybe multiple gigs? What about a second pocket for mouthpiece, oil, misc accessories? And if you have a folding stand, straps/etc to hold the stand to the bag? Or do you carry all that in a separate briefcase-like thing? I used to think i'd hack my bag to hold my accessories. And i'm still thinking about it...

Good luck.
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