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Old 09-22-2011, 09:13 PM
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Default Hardware tote cases?

So Iím looking at hardware cases and Iím really not like the prices that Iíve been seeingÖ

Anyone else using something that you found cheaper to haul your hardware around in? Ií looking for something approx 4í long to hold my HH stand and a 2-sided rack and other misc. stuff
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:25 PM
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So Iím looking at hardware cases and Iím really not like the prices that Iíve been seeingÖ

Anyone else using something that you found cheaper to haul your hardware around in? Ií looking for something approx 4í long to hold my HH stand and a 2-sided rack and other misc. stuff
Duffle bag from an Army surplus store 25$
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:27 PM
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Yeah I even have one of those, but I want a hard case.
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:38 PM
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I found the SKB 2SKB-4816W like the one in this link http://www.skb-carrying-cases.com/golf-travel.htm at a garage sale for a fraction of what it would cost new. It holds everything I need it to. I wish I would have found the 2SKB-5020W, though. It would be absolutely perfect for your needs.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:48 AM
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I once saw a drummer use an old, large, beat-up golf club bag for his stands. He played a small mismatched vintage kit in an old school rockabilly band.

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Old 09-26-2011, 08:12 PM
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I've seen several people recommend golf bags. That or a big SKB case seems like a good bet. SKBs are pretty expensive but I've never seen anyone who's regretted buying one.
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Duffle bag from an Army surplus store 25$
Yea, or join the military and get one for free...
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:55 AM
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http://www.wembleydrumcentre.com/Cat...are-Bag-TPSB38

I dont know if you can get this in america or wherever but its a cheap decent option for me...
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:06 AM
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Contico Storage Locker. Stackable, as rugged as an SKB, has wheels, latches. All for under $40

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Contico-St...Locker/2476189
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:53 AM
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Consider multiple cases:

1) They are easier to move (since each is lighter than one very large case)
2) They are easier to transport (since each is smaller than one very large case)
3) They give you greater flexibility (since you can use just one small case if you want to gig with a very small kit rather than using a partially filled very large case)

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p.s. I have a couple of The North Face duffle bags that serve as hardware cases.
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:15 PM
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Go to a flea market or garage sale and pick up a used golf bag, see if ya can get one with the attached wheel cart or back pack straps; remove the top part with the holes and there ya have a nice gear hauler.
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:55 PM
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Contico Storage Locker. Stackable, as rugged as an SKB, has wheels, latches. All for under $40

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Contico-St...Locker/2476189

I use something like that. I bought it at Wal Mart years ago. It's a big blue tote. Problem is its huge and awkward to carry...especially for 1 person.

I had been looking at something that's not as tall so it isn't quite so awkward.
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Old 11-25-2011, 11:08 PM
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When I gig I use an old Adidas gym bag. Fits 2 medium weight boom stands, throne base, snare stand, floor tom legs, and the hi hat stand. Fits in the trunk of my car and I can carry it myself no problem.

The Contico case I use to store all my extra stuff at home, because its a little too big for my trunk.
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Old 11-26-2011, 01:48 AM
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I put my hardware inside my riser then fold it up. Its big enough that I dont have to break any stands down just fold the legs in. Plus Ive been using it so long that there are dents in the foam backed carpet where all the legs go so it make for a quick set up.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:38 PM
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As mentioned before about using a golf bag,... I found a REAL nice golf bag with built in wheels that a bought from a co-worker for $25. The rack an all fit in very well!
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:49 PM
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I used to use one of those foot lockers with wheels on one corner, but as I've pared my kit down to what I need on a gig, which is really three stands plus snare and hi-hat, I've found it easier (both in terms of packing the car and moving the hardware) to simply carry it loose two or three pieces at a time. That foot locker got pretty heavy and is probably why I have so many lower back problems now.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:12 PM
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I have Gator 15x36 inch bags without wheels for my smaller kits. (4 and 5 piece in fusion/jazz sizes)
The hardware weighs around 80 LBS for those kits.

I have a Gator bag with wheels for my larger 6 piece Rock kit.
The hardware weighs slightly over 100 LBS for that kit.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:18 PM
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88 keys soft piano bag on a very lightweight hand truck! Been using this set up for 20 years now. I've had to patch up the inside of the bag about 5 times and I've gone through 3 of these hand trucks (rubber tires) but its worked fine for me. Just bungy the bag on the truck with 2 bungy's and Away it goes, you can pack it laying down or standing.

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Old 11-26-2011, 11:16 PM
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keep your es on the sporting section of craigslist. i see hard cases thee all the time.

grab an SKB. hard case with wheels, i have been using one for years
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:05 AM
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we are the hard or soft case provider..is any body needed some ?
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:30 PM
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Default Re: Hardware tote cases?

Since you want something 4 ft. long for your rack, like I needed, many other suggestions people are making simply will not work. Here's the very best bag, for not a whole lot of money:

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Old 01-10-2012, 04:29 PM
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I have Gator 15x36 inch bags without wheels for my smaller kits. (4 and 5 piece in fusion/jazz sizes)
The hardware weighs around 80 LBS for those kits.

I have a Gator bag with wheels for my larger 6 piece Rock kit.
The hardware weighs slightly over 100 LBS for that kit.
Hey Bob,

I have been looking at the Gator line of cases, they seem to be a good compromise between price & features, how long have you had your cases, are they good for 'casual' hauling, or robust enough to take a beating? On the larger case, can you get your drum stool in the case?

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I use something similar too this...http://www.walmart.com/ip/Wheeled-St...00000003260370


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Old 01-10-2012, 05:09 PM
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Good info Bonzo, thanks. Do you pad/tie down the hardware within the case? i would imagine that is where a 'true' traps case has an advantage, additional padding....unless I steal all the extra towels from home!
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:26 PM
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Nope just toss it in & go..lol I do take the beater off the bass pedal through.

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Old 01-10-2012, 05:35 PM
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Bonzo thats a good idea and cheaper than drum brand cases.

I use a golf travel bag with wheels on it, inside there are tie down straps as well as tightening straps to keep the hardware togeather, on the outside it has larger straps to cinch it tight. also has a lot of handles on the outside for easy hauling.
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Good info Bonzo, thanks. Do you pad/tie down the hardware within the case? i would imagine that is where a 'true' traps case has an advantage, additional padding....unless I steal all the extra towels from home!
That may or may not work because it is not very long. I got an SKB smallish trap case, but first I broke down my hardware into transport condition, put it in a pile and measured the length, width and height. You should do this first, then see if the WalMart case will work.

I suspect this Walmart case is made of particleboard covered with plastic. In a case like that, you will need to be careful as it won't be as durable as a purpose-built plastic case.
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I use something similar too this...http://www.walmart.com/ip/Wheeled-St...00000003260370


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I've been looking at those. Just not gonna work for me. My Tama Road Pro stand is 31.5 inches when it's broken down....the biggest I can find at Wal Mart is 30". Too bad.

EDIT: Actually my stand is 30.5. I mis-typed before. And Wal Mart has 31" trunks but they are nearly 100 bucks. For 100 bucks I can get a legitimate drum hardware case.
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I've been looking at those. Just not gonna work for me. My Tama Road Pro stand is 31.5 inches when it's broken down....the biggest I can find at Wal Mart is 30". Too bad.

EDIT: Actually my stand is 30.5. I mis-typed before. And Wal Mart has 31" trunks but they are nearly 100 bucks. For 100 bucks I can get a legitimate drum hardware case.
I set my stands diagonally in my case..no probs. if you have a lot of stands that may be a prob..lol

I set-up light mostly old-school with a modern twist- 1 bass drum, 1 tom, 1 floor-tom, 1 snare, 3 crashes(17" A med-thin,16" A-custom EFX & a 18" rock crash with a inverted 6" splash on top), a ride & a 10" splash.

oh yeah can't forget my LP "Prestige" cowbell..lol

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I set my stands diagonally in my case..no probs. if you have a lot of stands that may be a prob..lol

I set-up light mostly old-school with a modern twist- 1 bass drum, 1 tom, 1 floor-tom, 1 snare, 3 crashes(17" A med-thin,16" A-custom EFX & a 18" rock crash with a inverted 6" splash on top), a ride & a 10" splash.

oh yeah can't forget my LP "Prestige" cowbell..lol

good luck,
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With more calculation I've determined that my RP stand would fit diagonally in the 30" case. I have 4 stands plus HH, snare, and throne. All the other stands should fit fine. Thanks for your help.
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With more calculation I've determined that my RP stand would fit diagonally in the 30" case. I have 4 stands plus HH, snare, and throne. All the other stands should fit fine. Thanks for your help.
Anytime, You may not be able too get the throne in I've got a Roc-n-Soc "Nitro" & it won't. fit but it's worth it even if I have too carry by itself..lol

Again I take my beater off my bd pedal I don't. want it too get messed up.

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Anytime, You may not be able too get the throne in I've got a Roc-n-Soc "Nitro" & it won't. fit but it's worth it even if I have too carry by itself..lol

Again I take my beater off my bd pedal I don't. want it too get messed up.

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Hmm. I've got the same throne. Good info. I've got a separate case for my pedals so no issue there.
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Hmm. I've got the same throne. Good info. I've got a separate case for my pedals so no issue there.
Gotta ask...round or bicycle style?

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Gotta ask...round or bicycle style?

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