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Old 09-18-2008, 08:44 AM
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i have decided to buy all new cases for my soon to be completed custom drumset (worth around 3K), but i havent decided whether to go with soft or hardshell. i know the price difference is a bunch, but iff hardshell is the better bet, then im willing to drop the coin.

i wont be gigging too much, probably twice a month, so softshells will probably be suffficient, but i would love to be able to manhandle my drums going to gigs, without fear that i've scratched or damaged them...

so what do you all use? soft or hard?



and if i do go hardshell, im NOT getting nomads, im not a fan of them and i ddont consider them very protective.
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:55 AM
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i wont be gigging too much, probably twice a month, so softshells will probably be suffficient, but i would love to be able to manhandle my drums going to gigs, without fear that i've scratched or damaged them...
...I think you just answered your own question!

The big advantage of softshells (bags) is that you can carry multiple drums per hand (less trips to and from the car). I'm a big fan of hardshell cases. I don't "manhandle" my drums when moving them, but there are other people out there who might knock over either my cases or something onto my cases, and I don't want to take any chances with my babies getting hurt. Drinks spill, it rains, items shift during transit, drums get bumped when moving through doorways, other people move your drums for you...these are the times when you will appreciate your investment in hard cases.
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:57 AM
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hmmm...

I like hardshell for the crunch...



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Old 09-18-2008, 10:29 AM
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Is it hard to get hardcases into a car? whats the added volume?Was wondering as i dont have any cases yet and my drums JUST squeeze in now.Sorry did'nt wanna start my own thread.
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:12 AM
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...but i would love to be able to manhandle my drums going to gigs, without fear that i've scratched or damaged them...
Doesn't matter how many gigs you do a month, or how much you spent on your kit...if you want to "manhandle" your drums, hard cases.
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Old 09-18-2008, 04:37 PM
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There are a lot of threads on this topic already. You could find a lot of great information by searching around.
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Old 09-18-2008, 04:46 PM
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Is it hard to get hardcases into a car? whats the added volume?Was wondering as i dont have any cases yet and my drums JUST squeeze in now.Sorry did'nt wanna start my own thread.
Depends what kind and what sizes you get.

If you get fibre cases, they will take up the least amount of "extra volume", but also offer minimal protection compared to molded plastic. If your drums JUST squeeze in now, you probably wouldn't be able to get them in there with hardcases on. That is, unless you get cases that are really snug on your drums. In that case, though, there wouldn't be any room for padding, and they wouldn't be adding any protection against dropping, just scratching.
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:29 PM
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what i meant by manhandle is i'd love the ability to not totally freak out if someone other than me brings a case in from the van lol. im not overly trusting when it comes to my drums
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:49 PM
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I use softshell cases(Tuxedo bags) and they do have some advantages.
1) I can carry several drums at once
2) easy to fit in the car
3) Most importantly, when I set up at a gig or at home I can put all the bags inside of the bass drum bag and squeze it into a small space.

If you carry your own drums and are careful soft bags are a great idea
If others carry your drums you should probably get hard cases

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Old 09-18-2008, 08:36 PM
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Why not the Gewa Sps series? They are just as hard en protective as an hardcase, and has a soft inside and outside.

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what i meant by manhandle is i'd love the ability to not totally freak out if someone other than me brings a case in from the van lol. im not overly trusting when it comes to my drums
I use www.hardcase.com. The nice thing about these is that I can toss my drums out of the car, roll them down ramps and sling them around and absolutely nothing happens to them. they're comparable to SKB cases but not as expensive (unfortunately, no longer available in the US). My drums could fall off a car at freeway speeds and be perfectly fine. The drawback is that they're heavier and take up more room than soft cases. Hardcases are also ideal for deep drums because they telescope.
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I have both hard and soft cases for my sets.

My gig kit is always in soft cases here is why
  • I can carry the kit in fewer trips.
  • They take up less room in the car or truck on the way to and from the gig
  • They are much less work
  • They can be stowed away during the gig with much less hassle.
Any of my non gig kits stay in hard cases. They are simply better protected.
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damn! no canadian distributer! i know it'll cost me a fortune, but i think im gonna go with skb, or an equivilent.

my setup is:
20x20 kick
14x14 floor
13x6.5 snare
12x8 rack tom.

the 12x8 has a tom mount like this, aqnd i saw somewhere on the net a company that makes tom cases that fit the mount as well, any idea who makes them?
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:34 AM
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My drummer has a full set of SKB cases. We use the bass drum case to put the bass half stack on (point the speakers at your ears!). He then puts all the other cases inside of the floor tom case and uses that one as a table for drinks, set lists, sticks, percussion toys, etc.

I'm trying to decide if I'm going to invest in hard cases for my new GMS.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:30 PM
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Depends what kind and what sizes you get.

If you get fibre cases, they will take up the least amount of "extra volume", but also offer minimal protection compared to molded plastic. If your drums JUST squeeze in now, you probably wouldn't be able to get them in there with hardcases on. That is, unless you get cases that are really snug on your drums. In that case, though, there wouldn't be any room for padding, and they wouldn't be adding any protection against dropping, just scratching.
Agreed. I'd rather have well-padded bags than those types of cases.

I'd only get hard cases if the drums were being transported by the band truck. In that case nothing else will do.
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:28 AM
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I finally got a 16'' Gewa/Ludwig SPS series tombag. And mann these things are great. Lighter than Hardcases, the same strengthe, soft inside and tough outside and very portable.

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Old 09-24-2008, 06:53 PM
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My drummer has a full set of SKB cases. We use the bass drum case to put the bass half stack on (point the speakers at your ears!). He then puts all the other cases inside of the floor tom case and uses that one as a table for drinks, set lists, sticks, percussion toys, etc.

I'm trying to decide if I'm going to invest in hard cases for my new GMS.
That is one of the nice things about those roto-molded plastic cases (Hardcase, SKB, ProTechtor, Humes & Berg): You can use them for lots of other things during the gig, especially for holding up other stuff, short tables, etc.
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:25 PM
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That is one of the nice things about those roto-molded plastic cases (Hardcase, SKB, ProTechtor, Humes & Berg): You can use them for lots of other things during the gig, especially for holding up other stuff, short tables, etc.
Another nice thing about them is that they'll keep your drums safe in the rain.
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i have decided to buy all new cases for my soon to be completed custom drumset (worth around 3K), but i havent decided whether to go with soft or hardshell. i know the price difference is a bunch, but iff hardshell is the better bet, then im willing to drop the coin.

i wont be gigging too much, probably twice a month, so softshells will probably be suffficient, but i would love to be able to manhandle my drums going to gigs, without fear that i've scratched or damaged them...

so what do you all use? soft or hard?



and if i do go hardshell, im NOT getting nomads, im not a fan of them and i ddont consider them very protective.
I use hardshell fiber cases so that in the van the band won't damage anything if they get stacked on with heavy stuff. I get ALL my cases used, who really cares what they look like anyway, they don't need to be shiny and new to protect your drums. As long as they are in one piece and work.

Used they are WAY cheaper than new THAT'S for sure!!
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