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Postby kontrabass » Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:59 am

Seems like the only sousa gig bag on the market is by Pro Tec.
Anyone have any experience with these? Are they durable, comfortable, etc.? I've got a Conn 14k, will it fit ok?

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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby pattonsj » Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:49 am

I've never been a fan of larger Pro-tec cases. The ones made for clarinet and trumpet are ok but the ones for tubas and sousaphone seem to have a problem with the zippers tearing loose. I had one and it tore away when it was only a couple of years old.


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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby imperialbari » Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:52 am

I have a Supersack gig bag bought for my 26K. Possibly also could hold the 40K, but never tried that, as I have a hard case for that one.

My friend Bjarne Thanning padded the Supersack, when he loaned the 26K for a pro pit job. Still that bag mainly is a matter about getting a handle for the disassembled horn and about avoiding immediate contact with scratchy surfaces. My Supersack has no back-pack straps. so I pur the strap running all around the circumference over my shoulder.

I have Supersacks also for alto trombone (very good rigid slide protection) and for my Imperial baritone (also works for my oval alto horn). All are in cordura with leather trim. The quality is comparable to old Blues Reunion. Only I am not entirely happy with the trim of the seams, which are in naugahyde rather than real leather

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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby imperialbari » Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:52 am

Edited because of double posting.
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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby tuba kitchen » Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:41 am

i own a protec sousaphone bag. since it's the only kind available, i bought one. it has the grips in all the wrong places and it hangs down way too low on your back so it hits the back of your knees...a colleague has an old reunion blues sousaphone bag which seems to be a bit better.
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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby bloke » Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:12 pm

I bought myself a ProTec sousa bag for my hybrid (4V) 36K fiberglass Conn sousaphone.

The 36K is exactly the same size and shape as your 14K - assuming your 14K was made in Indiana. Of course, I order direct from ProTec, but I was attracted to the price, along with the general lack of availability of similar products elsewhere. The padding and durability are as good as any...except for those bags that are as pricey - and nearly as heavy - as cases. (I have a seldom-used and gently-treated [pricey] "Dolly" bag which came with a tuba that I bought. It is going to need a repair where the strap sews to the bag. NO bag nor case that I've found is absolutely "Herculean".)

I don't carry my ProTec sousaphone bag long distances...I just use if to put the thing in the back of the van when loaded up with everyone else's gear. When I have to carry a sousaphone more than a couple hundred feet to a gig, (duh) it's not going to be in the bag...You'll find it up on my SHOULDER. :|

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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby ehlutzcem » Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:56 pm

This thread caught my attention because I just had my 1952 King Souzie overhauled, and, since it's looking better than ever, had been thinking about getting a better gig bag. (Current one doesn't seem to have much padding). After googling "sousaphone gig bag" I saw where Miraphone is coming out with one. Images weren't available yet. I'll probably wait and see how it looks compared to the ProTec.
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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby Dave M » Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:48 pm

I have a ProTec bag and agree 100% with tuba kitchen, except I've never seen a reunion blues bag. Other than needing a handle somewhere near the top center, and maybe on the side, and bouncing against your knees, the ProTec is a decent bag, reasonably well made. Better if you're well over six feet tall, which I'm not. I'm not very hard on it, so can't really speak for durability yet, but nothing has broken or torn in about two years of occasional use. It was my Father's Day present, believe it or not!

I was able to fold up the straps to shorten them and make it permanent with a few stitches of carpet thread. It's ugly but secure and helps the bouncing. I haven't tackled the handles yet, but should be able to sew on a couple lengths of strap from the hardware store for a couple bucks, if I ever feel motivated enough.

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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby Søren » Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:54 am

I have a ProTec Sousa gigbag for my 14K. I have never has a problem with that bag. I have dragged it on the ground, slept in it, walked long distances with it on my back and it is still going strong after 10 years of abuse (so is the sousaphone). The only thing is that I had the straps shortened. Other than that, I could not be more satisfied with it.

But as a car; When something small breaks, have it repaired or the damage will grow beyond repair. I have had small repairs done to my bag, but nothing major.

The only thing about the ProTec bags, is that the newer ones have Velcro locking on the small outer pouch where the older ones have a zipper. The Zipper is better.

There are a couple of new brands of sousaphone gigbags on the german ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.de/Gig-Bag-fuer-Sousaphon-neu-made-by-MusiCover-Italien_W0QQitemZ360153448518QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAllgemeines_Musikinstrumente_Zubeh%C3%B6r?hash=item53dad18046&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1229|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A0|293%3A1|294%3A50

http://cgi.ebay.de/Gig-Bag-fuer-ein-Sousaphon-neu-in-navyblau_W0QQitemZ120427487085QQcmdZViewItemQQptZBlasinstrumente?hash=item1c0a099f6d&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1229|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A0|293%3A1|294%3A50

They look quite ok, and are rather inexpensive. Good luck

I was once in a fight with my sousaphone on my back. The bag took some hits from kicks, but the sousaphone inside was not damaged.
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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby kontrabass » Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:37 pm

Thanks guys. I guess I should mention the main purpose for this bag is so I can take it on the subway or on busses if need be; the hard case is too bulky for this and I have no car at the moment. I think the Pro-tec will probably do the job.
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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby arssubtilior » Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:20 pm

Along these lines... All these off-the-rack sousaphone cases are for bell sizes up to 26". I'm really wanting a gig bag for my 48K Conn, with its whopping 30" bell and 55 lb weight, and I suspect this will prove a custom job or an extensive alteration to an extant smaller gig bag. Anyone have any experience with acquiring or making such a gig bag? All intelligence is hugely appreciated.
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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby imperialbari » Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:10 pm

Sousaphone gig bags weren’t that common in my country 25 years ago. Eventually I found a German made SuperSac, but before that I had planned on having pone made locally.

The fabric would have been heavy nylon with a fleeced inside as known from pilot jackets. Zippers would have been nylon non-scratch. The bell side would have been mounted on a circular plate of high quality, but not too thick, plywood. A set of backpack straps also would have been mounted on the plywood.

Would have taken an industrial strength sewing machine.

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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby RichWilley » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:24 am

Has anybody here used the Gard sousaphone gig bag? I have a late 50s King sousaphone with a 26" bell and am wondering if this bag would work:

https://www.guitarcenter.com/Gard/Mid-S ... ductDetail" target="_blank

Thanks in advance for any info you can offer!
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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby oscarcahue » Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:02 pm

Check out the Herch Sousaphone Soft Case on Ebay. That one is only $150. Ships out of CA.

There's a repairman in Tijuana that makes sousaphone Gig Bags for $80 & ships out of San Diego.
I have one of those, maybe I'll attach pictures if I can find some.
You'd probably have to order a bulk order of several to be worthwhile.
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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby Kirley » Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:28 pm

RichWilley wrote:Has anybody here used the Gard sousaphone gig bag?


viewtopic.php?f=2&t=71388

As a follow up to the linked post, the bag has held up very well.
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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby P@rick » Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:16 am

I have a Protec and had a Boston gigbag for my 14K sousaphone. Both are fine. Never had any problems.
What I don't like about the Protec design is that you need to disconnect the 2 straps/handles, on the side of the bag, before you can open the zipper and get to your sousaphone.
When you open the bag and the lid is up, your bag on the outside of the lid is upside down.
The Boston does not have a "bag", only a small pocket on the inside.
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Re: Sousaphone gig bags

Postby Kirley » Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:49 am

I had never heard of "Boston" gig bags.

https://bostonmusicalproducts.com/produ ... -sous.html

Anyone else have experience with these?
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