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« on: Aug 05, 2017, 12:34PM »

Hi all,

So I currently have a Protec ProPac bass case for my Bach 50BG3. It works well but is a little bulky and heavy. I will be going away to school in the fall and flying with my horn a few times a semester and was looking for a new case that is more streamline and lighter. I found the bags of Spain cases on hornguys appear to suit my needs but I can't find many reviews on the bass case. Has anyone used a bags of Spain bass case before? How do they compare to protec ones? Any info is appreciated!

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« Reply #1 on: Aug 05, 2017, 01:16PM »

I had one awhile back. I don't know if they've changed their lineup, but I wouldn't fly with it if they're like the old ones.  The one I had was really similar to the BAM cases which were all foam at the time.  So they were generally protective, or at least more so than a gig bag, but not necessarily airline proof.  If I were flying, I'd get an Eastman bass case.  They're also pretty lightweight, lighter than the leather Cronkhite bags at least.  Or get a gig bag and use a golf case when you fly and just assume you'll check it.  I mostly use a Cronkhite now and put it in the golf bag when I'm traveling with it or putting it somewhere where something like a suitcase might need to go on it.
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« Reply #2 on: Aug 05, 2017, 03:42PM »

I had one awhile back. I don't know if they've changed their lineup, but I wouldn't fly with it if they're like the old ones.  The one I had was really similar to the BAM cases which were all foam at the time.  So they were generally protective, or at least more so than a gig bag, but not necessarily airline proof.  If I were flying, I'd get an Eastman bass case.  They're also pretty lightweight, lighter than the leather Cronkhite bags at least.  Or get a gig bag and use a golf case when you fly and just assume you'll check it.  I mostly use a Cronkhite now and put it in the golf bag when I'm traveling with it or putting it somewhere where something like a suitcase might need to go on it.

Thanks for the info, I'll definitely look into the Eastman cases.

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« Reply #3 on: Aug 05, 2017, 04:13PM »

The Eastman cases are pretty big on the bell end. (As they can fit a 10.5" bell as standard) and would be a challenge to get in the overhead bins.

Look at Bonna or Basili, they are smaller (since they are designed for either 9.5 or 10.5" bells) and generally more compact than the Other cases you've mentioned.

When flying, take the horn on with you! Don't take anything else on if you can manage it. Check your clothes bag. Don't make a big deal of the fact you have a trombone. See if you can board earlier, or at least at the front of your section.

My business partner and I have flown numerous times to trombone shows in various parts of the country, each carrying a bass trombone in Bonna/Basili style cases. No problems what-so-ever to this point. The 2 horns "top and tailed" in the overhead take up less room than 2 of the normal size bags you see people bring onto a plane.

If you "do" have to check the horn, see if you can Gate Check it. And make sure the horn cannot move inside the case.

Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: Aug 10, 2017, 04:54AM »

Do a screw bell conversion and transport it in a gun case. Watch those TSA people go nuts at the sight of a loaded bass trombone......
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