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Old 03-23-2017, 02:42 AM
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I had a very pleasant conversation with Fred Beato of Beato bags today.
I place an order for a two tom Combo bag and a 20 x 16 Bass drum bag in the excellent Pro 1 series . Fred is a true Gentleman and a joy to chat with. His level of Customer Service is superb. He also makes the best drum bags made IMHO.

If you want extremely well padded bags that don't crumple when you are inserting you drums and offer superior protection from the elements and are water resistant then Beato is THE place to go.
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Old 03-23-2017, 03:19 AM
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I've known about Beato Bags for 30+ years, but never got on board until last year. Very happy I did, the Pro 1 bags are the best!

Yes, I endorse them, and yes, I (gladly) pay for them!

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Old 03-23-2017, 03:22 AM
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When the Roland td-10 hit the market in the 90's, i bought in and filled every "goes-in-to" with a pad.

All of it, pads, the 'brain', rack, bd pedal, throne, sn stand etc. packed into three beato bags that, thanks to shoulder straps, made load-in one trip, load-out one trip. The rack folded (with hardware attached) into one very large 'suitcase' like bag that to this day stands upright when empty.

Great bags still like new.
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Old 03-23-2017, 03:28 AM
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I love Beatos. Got into them 30 years ago. QuestiOn regarding getting the drums into the bags (or any bag): I've learned to just lay the drum down and put the bag on the drum. Way easier than inserting the drum into a soft bag. Am I the only one who does it that way?
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Old 03-23-2017, 03:41 AM
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I love Beatos. Got into them 30 years ago. QuestiOn regarding getting the drums into the bags (or any bag): I've learned to just lay the drum down and put the bag on the drum. Way easier than inserting the drum into a soft bag. Am I the only one who does it that way?
With most other bags you have to do it the way you describe, the Beato Pro 1 are stiff enough that you can just drop the drum in the bag.
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Old 03-23-2017, 03:45 AM
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With most other bags you have to do it the way you describe, the Beato Pro 1 are stiff enough that you can just drop the drum in the bag.
Regardless, I just think it makes more sense to lift a light bag onto a heavier drum rather than the other way around.
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Old 03-23-2017, 04:43 AM
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Regardless, I just think it makes more sense to lift a light bag onto a heavier drum rather than the other way around.
With the stiff bags - no.

Doing it your way - you (1) lift the drum to set it down - put the bag on upside down - to flip it over, you (2) lift again to finish the cover zip it then (3) lift to load out. Three lifts!

Stiff bag - lift drum to set into upright bag - no flip to zip - lift to load out. Saves a lift!

I am that lazy.
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Old 03-23-2017, 12:30 PM
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I partially pull the bag over my floor tom while its still standing, then flip it over, take off the legs and zip up the bag. All whilst sitting on the stool so I don't have to crawl on the floor. Similar deal with the rack tom.
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Old 03-24-2017, 08:31 AM
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I'm glad to hear so many people recommending the Beato bags. I have some of the "other brands" and they are starting to come apart, so I will be in the market for a cymbal and hardware bag. Anyone using the Beato wheeled hardware bag?

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Old 03-24-2017, 08:38 AM
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With the stiff bags - no.

Doing it your way - you (1) lift the drum to set it down - put the bag on upside down - to flip it over, you (2) lift again to finish the cover zip it then (3) lift to load out. Three lifts!

Stiff bag - lift drum to set into upright bag - no flip to zip - lift to load out. Saves a lift!

I am that lazy.
Well, OK. I've been using hard cases for the last few years so I've forgotten what living with bags is like.
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Old 03-24-2017, 02:51 PM
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Fred calls me twice to confirm I was getting the right sizes (ATLAS mounts and large cymbals) and then he did a couple of custom features at no extra charge to accommodate the sizes I use. Great service, excellent bags
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Regardless, I just think it makes more sense to lift a light bag onto a heavier drum rather than the other way around.
I do it this way only with my bass drum bags, makes it a little easier.
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Glad to hear so many have good things to say about these bags. I saw a decent deal yesterday and am considering them but the sizes aren't quite right. Can anyone opine whether using bags that are slightly larger than the actual drum size is workable? Specifically the sizes are an inch bigger in both directions and the bass drum is 2 inches bigger in diameter.
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I'm just surprised to learn the founder of the company is named Beato.
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I'm just surprised to learn the founder of the company is named Beato.
A customer of mine, his last name is Beato. It is a rather odd sounding name.
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A customer of mine, his last name is Beato. It is a rather odd sounding name.
I always figured it was a just a play on beat.
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Glad to hear so many have good things to say about these bags. I saw a decent deal yesterday and am considering them but the sizes aren't quite right. Can anyone opine whether using bags that are slightly larger than the actual drum size is workable? Specifically the sizes are an inch bigger in both directions and the bass drum is 2 inches bigger in diameter.
You'll be happy you bought slightly larger bags...you can feel confident knowing your tubs will be secure. For my 12 x 9 Tom I use a 14 x 10 bag...fits like a glove

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Thanks Florian. I will check em out.
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Old 03-27-2017, 07:53 PM
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I always figured it was a just a play on beat.
The bags are pronounced "Bee-Toe", but I believe Fred pronounces his last name like "Bee-Ah-Toe".
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