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#1
So, the story is, I've got a Europe trip for band coming up this summer and I'm going to need something to get my bass from Winnipeg to Frankfurt in decent shape. The only thing I have right now consists of 5 millimetres of cloth, so that won't do. I'm going on the thought that I'll have to check it. Ideally I will carry it on, but who knows what'll happen when everything's said and done.

I'm looking for something that will last the plane ride, but also something light because I'll be gallivanting around Europe with it, and often having to carry it some distance. If I was being really picky (I am) I would really like back pack style straps. Especially because I want to be able to use it before and after Europe, when backpack straps are a godsend. As far as cost goes I'm looking for something sub $200 definitely, but I won't be heart broken if it's only $100 or $150.

I think my best option is a hybrid case like the Kaces Polyfoam one or this one that is more expensive, but looks very nice.

The point of all this is that I need suggestions for a good quality case that will keep my bass in good shape from here to Europe for nineteen days and then back.

I want:
-Sub $200
-Light
-Backpack style straps
-Easy transporting

But if my only option that will give me the protection I need is a hardcase I'll have to go with it.

Thanks for any light you can shed.
#2
I have that first case you linked. It's a great case. I've dropped it many times with my bass inside and not a scratch can be seen. It's rather light too, so it won't pull your arm off or break your back. I whole heartedly recommend it.
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#3
Are you planning on carrying this on the plane? Because I dunno if a bass in a case will fit as carry-on. So if you are going to have to check in the instrument, then I would get a hardshell case, maybe even a flight case. But if this an exclusive band flight of sorts where you CAN bring your bass onboard, then something like this might work fine:

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gator-Lightweight-Bass-Case?sku=546099

Oh, you probably know this anyway, but don't forget to bring bass accessories like a tuner and spare strings, batteries, wire cutters etc. And probably allen keys too, cause you can bet your ass you'll have to do some adjustments in that regard.
#4
^I'm hoping to be able to carry it on, but chances are I'll have to check it.

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I have that first case you linked. It's a great case. I've dropped it many times with my bass inside and not a scratch can be seen. It's rather light too, so it won't pull your arm off or break your back. I whole heartedly recommend it.


The Kaces one? I looked at it before and it seemed nice, but they don't ship to Canada. If I have to jump through some hoops for it... the price definitely seems right. How would you compare it to a hard case as far as protection goes? I'm assuming it's hard sided.
#5
Yeah, it's hard sided. I haven't owned a hard case, but I have had the chance to use one when I didn't the case yet. I'd say that it protects your bass just as well as any other hard case out there. I take my bass into school about two or three times a week, it gets bashed and knocked about by little kids running about, and my bass hasn't gotten damaged from it at all. The pockets on the outside are pretty big, and there are two more compartments inside it, so you can keep a lot of leads, sheet music, picks, etc in it. My only complaint is that the straps are just a little bit thin, and they dig into my shoulders just a little bit, but you could sort of wrap a small towel around the straps, os it should be fine.

I strongly recommend you get it, it'll last you for years.
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#6
I would look at Wawrick gig bags, the more expensive ones are padded up the hizzy, I feel fine carrying my Stingray around in it.
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#7
Doesnt the baggage section get down to like below zero? In whcih case, I would trust nothing short of a flight case...

Its funny, my bands going to germany too. But the germans are gonna hook us up with basses and amps and everything.
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Yeah, it's hard sided. I haven't owned a hard case, but I have had the chance to use one when I didn't the case yet. I'd say that it protects your bass just as well as any other hard case out there. I take my bass into school about two or three times a week, it gets bashed and knocked about by little kids running about, and my bass hasn't gotten damaged from it at all. The pockets on the outside are pretty big, and there are two more compartments inside it, so you can keep a lot of leads, sheet music, picks, etc in it. My only complaint is that the straps are just a little bit thin, and they dig into my shoulders just a little bit, but you could sort of wrap a small towel around the straps, os it should be fine.

I strongly recommend you get it, it'll last you for years.


Would you trust it being handled by baggage handlers and being shipped in a plane's baggage area?
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Doesnt the baggage section get down to like below zero? In whcih case, I would trust nothing short of a flight case...

Its funny, my bands going to germany too. But the germans are gonna hook us up with basses and amps and everything.

+1 id bring a flight case no doubt but just pack a gigbag for carrying around
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#10
Here.

Buy a flight case and store the bass in luggage. Pack your clothes in your cheapass black and blue Voyager gig bag. When you get there, put the clothes in the dresser, and your bass in the bag. When leaving, read my instructions backwards.

But then again, it's a Fender. You don't need a case at all. Just wrap it in bubble wrap to avoid scuffs.
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#12
UPS shipping to Canada! LMAO! They charged me $40 for a 'brokerage fee' when shipping my Fralin pickup! You'll get SLAUGHTERED at the border.
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#14
I seriously wouldnt trust anything short of a flight case when putting your instrument into the hands of luggage people. Sometimes i think they try to break stuff. It may seem like a lot of hassle now, but imagine the "hassle" of findinf that when you arrive in Frankfurt, your bass is broken?

Also, words cannot describw how much i want that second bag you linked....
#15
I plan on taking an acoustic bass to europe next year so i was wondering, do acoustics need flight cases and does anyone have a link or anything for an acoustic flight case if they do need one?
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Would you trust it being handled by baggage handlers and being shipped in a plane's baggage area?


Sorry for the late reply, I went to bed.

Do you mean I would trust it to protect my bass in that situation? I would, but in case your bass isn't a snug fit inside, again get some towels or t-shirts or whatever you want to use and put them around the bass to stop it from moving around while the throw the case onto the plane.
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#17
SKB make nice cases.
EDIT: It's not a gig bag style, but it's a great case.
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#18
I would agree with thefitz. Get a flight case that will survive a nuclear explosion. Use a lighter, more practical bag/case for other stuff that can get damaged. Swap over after the flight.

Remember to keep all instrument cases inside a cardboard box on the flight. Don't trust the baggage handlers to not go for something that looks like it contains an instrument.
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I would agree with thefitz. Get a flight case that will survive a nuclear explosion. Use a lighter, more practical bag/case for other stuff that can get damaged. Swap over after the flight.

Remember to keep all instrument cases inside a cardboard box on the flight. Don't trust the baggage handlers to not go for something that looks like it contains an instrument.

My SKB is Airline certified and can be key locked. Does that soothe your paranoid mind?
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My SKB is Airline certified and can be key locked. Does that soothe your paranoid mind?


No. They are permitted to open locks, even if it means breaking them open, in order to search baggage.

Also, bags do "go missing". Such a shame it happens to a $500+ instrument.
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I would agree with thefitz. Get a flight case that will survive a nuclear explosion. Use a lighter, more practical bag/case for other stuff that can get damaged. Swap over after the flight.

Remember to keep all instrument cases inside a cardboard box on the flight. Don't trust the baggage handlers to not go for something that looks like it contains an instrument.

hey i said that first Fitzy just made it longer
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#22
So it seems like the consensus (except for Fleajr whom I desperately want to believe) is to get a flight case. I'll stat checking them out, but if anyone has any other options they would be much appreciated.
#23
Fleajr's idea won't work, as it assume they have care. If I did that, I would expect that they would happily pile cases on top of it, and probably snap the neck in half.
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#24
Why does it assume they care? If the case is strong enough it would work and the Kace would serve me so much better in the long run than a flight case. The only thing is that I don't know if the Kace would be strong enough. Fleajr seems to think so, but I don't know.
#25
No experience with the case, but it looks like a lightweight case designed to be convenient and give more protection than a cheap gig bag. If they throw it over the edge of another case, and some hefty bags on top of it, I'm not sure it would survive.
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#26
I'll give you that it's supposed to be convenient, but I think it's designed to be more of a convenient hard case than a strong gig bag. I don't know, I am just trying to think of an alternative to a flight case that I'll use twice, maybe in my life.
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I'll give you that it's supposed to be convenient, but I think it's designed to be more of a convenient hard case than a strong gig bag. I don't know, I am just trying to think of an alternative to a flight case that I'll use twice, maybe in my life.
What about separating the neck from the body so you can hand-carry it during the flight?

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hey i said that first Fitzy just made it longer

The key was my addition of packing clothes into the gig bag, hence using it like luggage. KEY I SAY.
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#29
http://www.bassdirect.co.uk/bass_guitar_specialists/Protec_Gig_Bags.html

I would say get the protect one 3rd one down. Im considering getting one as i dont want to lug my hard case round any more. Honestly i thinkl it will be fine on a plane but mostlikely you ll have to put it in luggage.
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The key was my addition of packing clothes into the gig bag, hence using it like luggage. KEY I SAY.

but thats odd...
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What about separating the neck from the body so you can hand-carry it during the flight?



Wow. That actually seems like a pretty good idea.
#32
hey Jazzy, as thefitz mentioned, i would trust nothing less than a real flight case in the hands of baggage handlers, and with today's security issues i doubt they will let you carry-on a bass case. as mentioned above, and by John Swift, when he brought back his MM Stingray back from the states, i would remove the neck, and carry it in a carry-on bag. you might practice it a few times before you go just to be sure, but thats what i would do. good luck.
#34
do you have a bolt on if so then just unscrew and when you arrive screw it back in
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#35
Taking the neck off is as easy as unscrewing four screws ans putting them(and the neck plate) in a safe place for transport. Easy enough.

Note: They are actually wood screws, not bolts as the term "bolt-on" implies. The only company I know of that's actually used bolts before is Peavey..and I think they've stopped that.
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Taking the neck off is as easy as unscrewing four screws ans putting them(and the neck plate) in a safe place for transport. Easy enough.

Note: They are actually wood screws, not bolts as the term "bolt-on" implies. The only company I know of that's actually used bolts before is Peavey..and I think they've stopped that.

screw on sounds kinda weird though.

and you better be careful, f you strip the wood when you rescrew... agh. bad problems occureth.
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#37
^See, that's what I'm worried about. I've come this *| |* close to stripping my truss rod by using a wrong allen wrench once, so I don't have the best luck with doing shit to my bass. That's why I'm worried about taking the neck off.
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^See, that's what I'm worried about. I've come this *| |* close to stripping my truss rod by using a wrong allen wrench once, so I don't have the best luck with doing shit to my bass. That's why I'm worried about taking the neck off.

ok. yeah don't. I don't do that myself, mostly because I like to keep my string tension on there. but flight case, if it helps. have fun in thar yonder land!
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#39
Kind of off topic but, I really like the look of those mono cases, and I especially like the look of the mono straps.
Anyone know of a place to get those in Australia? It doesn't seem like mono ship here.
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How involved would taking the neck off of the bass be? Would it be easy to do or would it require some measuring and adjusting or anything like that?

removing the neck is not difficult. i personally would use two pieces of "scotch" tape,
one on the heal of the neck, and one on the body, and use a marker to make alignment marks to match back up when reassembling the bass. you could do this on the sides also, just make sure it goes exactly back where it was originally. i have removed the neck on my Hwy 1, no big deal. good luck.
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