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« on: May 14, 2015, 04:16PM »

Now that I am in my second year of undergraduate study I have decided to invest in a double case that is plane safe (overhead), lightweight, and durable.

I decided on the Marcus Bonna double because I called up The HornGuys and that is what they recommended. It was expensive but they said it would last forever and it was worth the money.
So... here are my impressions on the case

At first glance:
Sleek, stylish and very very lightweight. Comes with very nice leather backpack and shoulder straps. Also has an attached pocket for music. I put my Arbans, Rochut, Blazhevich, Bona, and Kopprash in there no prob. The pouch also has two straps for a trombone stand!!!

Inside:
Very well designed. No space that is not taken advantage of. The case comes with adjustable pads to fit your horns to the case. My alto has a trill valve (eventually going to trade it in and get a Shires) and it fit no problem. My Edwards fit nicely and has room for the bullet brace too. (Not Rath I am assuming:( )

Also has a pocket bigger than the brown Bach style pockets. Also came with a three pouch mouthpiece holder.

One problem... No room for a cleaning rod

Quality:
You get what you pay for. $700 is a lot, but every seam is stitched very well and the leather looks very nice. The fabric they use to cover the case also looks very durable and high quality.

Price: ***
Durability: *****
Quality:*****
Design:*****
Comfort/Weight: *****

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The Horn Guys are amazing people and they take their job very seriously I would highly recommend buying from them. They were nice to me, knew my name when they said bye, and even went out of their way to fit the case with horns to make sure mine would fit. Very good customer service!
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 10, 2015, 08:43AM »

All of the pictures I've seen show the alto stacked on top of the tenor. Is it too much of a hassle taking out the alto bell to get to the tenor, or is it possible to put the alto bell under the tenor section, for times when you're only using your tenor?
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 28, 2015, 12:07PM »

Yes that is correct the alto goes on top of the tenor. It is not a hassle, it only adds a few seconds and no you cannot have the tenor on top.
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 28, 2015, 12:26PM »

So so you think a small bore tenor and large bore tenor would fit in there? 

By the look of the pictures it might work with a tight squeeze...
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« Reply #4 on: Oct 28, 2015, 03:47PM »

I  also have one. It will not hold two tenors.  Bonna makes a slightly longer model case that will hold two tenors.
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« Reply #5 on: Oct 28, 2015, 05:12PM »

So so you think a small bore tenor and large bore tenor would fit in there? 

By the look of the pictures it might work with a tight squeeze...

Ya no. Only a tenor and alto will fit. Which is nice because it fits on all overheads.
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 02, 2015, 08:05PM »

I imagine this case also suffers with the issue of one bell being upside down when stored vertically?
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 03, 2015, 12:31PM »

I imagine this case also suffers with the issue of one bell being upside down when stored vertically?

Is that an issue?
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 03, 2015, 12:50PM »

You can configure it so that the tenor goes on top and the alto goes on bottom.
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 03, 2015, 03:34PM »

Is that an issue?

It is, especially if your alto has a valve. One of the horns' valve oil will leak into the tuning slide and turn the slide grease into this honey substance that gunks the whole horn up.
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« Reply #10 on: Nov 03, 2015, 04:32PM »

Seems like MB cases all have "issues" with where water goes when stored in them.  I stopped using an MB case awhile back in part because it kept leaking water from my slide onto my raw brass bell.  Kind of petty and minor, but annoying to me nonetheless.  Its funny though, the pictures aren't very good that exist of the double cases.  THe ones I've seen in person had some kind of barrier between them, although it may have just been a crafty person putting a black towel in between them or something.
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« Reply #11 on: Nov 03, 2015, 06:56PM »

Is it just me, or is $700 a lot for a case?
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« Reply #12 on: Nov 05, 2015, 07:12AM »

Is it just me, or is $700 a lot for a case?

I used to think so, until my sensible wife asked me why I always trying to put by ~$6000 Shires bass in a $200 case.  A case with good protection can pay for itself due to fewer repair bills.
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« Reply #13 on: Nov 05, 2015, 01:02PM »

It is, especially if your alto has a valve. One of the horns' valve oil will leak into the tuning slide and turn the slide grease into this honey substance that gunks the whole horn up.

I never seem to have this problem.  Do you not use Hetman's lubes?
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« Reply #14 on: Nov 05, 2015, 02:55PM »

I never seem to have this problem.  Do you not use Hetman's lubes?

Yes hetmans all day.
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« Reply #15 on: Nov 05, 2015, 04:01PM »

I used to think so, until my sensible wife asked me why I always trying to put by ~$6000 Shires bass in a $200 case.  A case with good protection can pay for itself due to fewer repair bills.

Not a problem here. In fact, a $500 horn would look a bit funny in a $700 case. Slight exaggeration, maybe, but none of my horns are over $2k. I've got a weakness for classic horns.
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« Reply #16 on: Nov 09, 2015, 07:31AM »

Just a heads up, you CANNOT reverse the order of what goes on top. The pocket gets in the way and the bell compartments are not interchangeable. Alto must be on top.
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« Reply #17 on: Nov 11, 2015, 12:47PM »

Just a heads up, you CANNOT reverse the order of what goes on top. The pocket gets in the way and the bell compartments are not interchangeable. Alto must be on top.

With a valve-less alto you actually can. Just switch up the placement of the velcro padding in between the horns and you can put alto on bottom and tenor on top. I did that for a while and a few others here in Boston do that as well.
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« Reply #18 on: Nov 11, 2015, 01:28PM »

FYI you can't fit a large tenor with valve and a shires alto with a valve in this case. I bought the tenor double case to fit both of my horns.
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« Reply #19 on: Nov 11, 2015, 04:00PM »

I do not. Know anything about fit of shires, but I have the case. I it have been using it for two years. It very nicely holds my Elkhart conn 88h and my 36h conn alto. Both have valves.
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