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Old 02-11-2010, 01:16 PM
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Default Protection Racket - Worth It?

I need to buy a new bass drum case to replace my old crappy one that has been shredded to tatters. I'd love to buy a fairly high-end soft case, and I've heard great things about Protection Racket. I can get a 22x18 case for about $100.

Anyone have any experience with these cases? Are there better alternatives?
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Old 02-11-2010, 01:59 PM
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I have a cymbal bag and a hardware bag made by Protection Racket and the quality of those bags are second to none. I use hard cases for my drums, but if I was looking for soft cases, I would definitely consider Protection Racket.
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Old 02-11-2010, 02:03 PM
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I use one for my bass drum. Great bag. My only gripe is that it only has one handle so if that breaks it might be a bit difficult to transport. But it is made really well. Also mine is older so the new ones may have changed?
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Old 02-11-2010, 02:07 PM
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I just got protection racket bags for my whole kit and there easily the best soft bags money can buy and the bass drum bag they do now has a handle on either side and a third one soo you can pick it up with one hand, but yeh if you get em you wont regret it.
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Old 02-11-2010, 02:48 PM
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Their deluxe cymbal bag is the best I've ever seen. Very well made.
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Old 02-11-2010, 03:22 PM
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i have a full set amazing cases, and 2B the bass drum cases have hand grips on the side
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:59 PM
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Those cases are sick!
Really padded and nice shape that stays on even when they're empty. I just got the cymbal bag with individual wool-like cymbal sleeves. Really worth every penny. Plenty of room. Nice straps.

I'll be soon buying the full bag kit for my set. I asked for a quote at Boston Drum Center. It was about 250$ shipped to Canada for a full 4 piece. Pretty nice.
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:22 PM
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Best soft cases money can buy. I've got cymbal cases, drum cases, and the big duffle rolling gear case. Now if I only had a place to put my money....

Oh yeah, they make wallets too....

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Old 02-12-2010, 03:27 AM
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definately the best soft casing. I have full kit cases, cymbal bag and hardware bag, so very tough! You cant go wrong with them! Ive dropped my snare loads of times and its never damaged in anyway at all! Just brilliant, If anyone tells you to have hard cases, slap them. thats just retarded unless your pro, then you dont have to lug them round....although alot of pros still go with protection racket....or is that just marketing stratergies.....hmmmm
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Old 02-12-2010, 06:26 PM
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^ Soft bags are best if you're bringing the drums yourself in your own vehicle. But if they have to ride in the band truck, cases are better.
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Old 02-14-2010, 05:13 PM
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PR are the only brand of soft case I would use, really good quality.
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:21 AM
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Excellent soft cases.. I have them for my entire 6-pc drumkit and a deluxe cymbal bag.
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:43 AM
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If anyone tells you to have hard cases, slap them. thats just retarded unless your pro, then you dont have to lug them round
Disagree with this as a blanket statement. I was never a 'pro' but i was gigging actively until about 5 years ago. Given the amount of gear jammed into the back of the band vehicle - and then seeing how it arrived at gigs after turning corners and over speed humps etc (amps toppled onto bass drum cases and the like), i would never have dreamed of using soft cases.

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^ Soft bags are best if you're bringing the drums yourself in your own vehicle. But if they have to ride in the band truck, cases are better.
For this situation^^^, I always had peice of mind. I'm not anti soft cases at all, but you don't need to be a pro to want to give your gear the best protection. It all depends on your circumstances when transporting them.
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:28 PM
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i have a full set amazing cases, and 2B the bass drum cases have hand grips on the side
They must have changed them. Mine only has the 1 handle. Don't get me wrong, the bag is great.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:17 PM
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Disagree with this as a blanket statement. I was never a 'pro' but i was gigging actively until about 5 years ago. Given the amount of gear jammed into the back of the band vehicle - and then seeing how it arrived at gigs after turning corners and over speed humps etc (amps toppled onto bass drum cases and the like), i would never have dreamed of using soft cases.



For this situation^^^, I always had peice of mind. I'm not anti soft cases at all, but you don't need to be a pro to want to give your gear the best protection. It all depends on your circumstances when transporting them.
Well i gig a twice a week usually, we put all our gear in the back of our van and ive NEVER had problems, dropped my snare so many times, not damage, no scratches, nothing! So if your amps were falling everywhere, maybe you should of packed it properly? We have nothing toppel over onto anything ever! Hard case are stupid;ly heavy, thats why i said if your pro, it doesnt matter because someone can carry it for you!! so go with the protection racket mate! lol
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:58 PM
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Is sounds like this is becoming a cases vs. bags thread. I've never owned bags. I've seen one too many drummers wrestling with their bags trying to get the drums inside them (especially the bass drum) as the bag flops and bends. I'll take a hard case everytime.
I've got SKB cases and LOVE them. I know they're pretty expensive but they're unconditionally guaranteed for life. For eight years my current kit has been traveling back and forth from gigs to practice to home, being tossed around, shoved and crammed into tight spots and the hard cases have kept them looking brand new. Plus, you can stack them to the ceiling to save storage space without worry that they'll tip over.
Bags are great for the drummer on a budget but if you have the means, I'd highly recommend picking up some hard cases. I think we can all agree that you absolutely shouldn't be without one or the other, though.
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:32 PM
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Overpriced! For one of my kits I bought these soft cases from a company off of ebay. Here is the link to them..
http://cgi.ebay.com/Drum-Bags-20mm-p...item5636ef611e
Very nice bags for ALOT cheaper than PR or anyone else. Basically made the same as the name brands. Also the bass drum case has 2 handles. And they are VERY heavily padded. I haven't had a single problem out of them and it's been about 6 months since I bought them.
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:13 PM
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Well i gig a twice a week usually, we put all our gear in the back of our van and ive NEVER had problems, dropped my snare so many times, not damage, no scratches, nothing! So if your amps were falling everywhere, maybe you should of packed it properly? We have nothing toppel over onto anything ever! Hard case are stupid;ly heavy, thats why i said if your pro, it doesnt matter because someone can carry it for you!! so go with the protection racket mate! lol
Yeah, I didn't want to turn this into a bags v cases debate mate. The OP asked about bags only, so we should just stick with that. I merely disagreed with your statement "If anyone tells you to have hard cases, slap them. thats just retarded unless your pro, then you dont have to lug them round".

I'm not advocating one over the other. I just don't believe that "you're retarded" for using cases....even if you have to carry them yourself. It was a blanket statement and I don't agree with it. Nothing more, nothing less. It's like saying 7A sticks are for jazz drummers and 2B sticks are for metal drummers. We all know it's about preferance.

I'm glad you're happy with your bags, but cases certainly do have their place and not just for the jet setting pro with an army of drum techs to carry them for him.

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Old 02-18-2010, 08:03 PM
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Protection Racket are good bags, but I prefer Kaces HD series, they are truly remarkable, with most of the protection of a hard case, with most of the convenience of bags. They are pretty pricey though.
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:28 AM
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Is sounds like this is becoming a cases vs. bags thread. I've never owned bags. I've seen one too many drummers wrestling with their bags trying to get the drums inside them (especially the bass drum) as the bag flops and bends. I'll take a hard case everytime.


This is why you want to buy bags one to two sizes larger than the drum going into it. More bag means more protection.

A tight fitting bag offers the least protection and makes it harder to put the drum in the bag.

You want the drums to be able to move while in the bag, as opposed to having no place to go, thus absorbing the impact into a drums finish.
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Old 02-19-2010, 03:34 AM
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Is sounds like this is becoming a cases vs. bags thread. I've never owned bags. I've seen one too many drummers wrestling with their bags trying to get the drums inside them (especially the bass drum) as the bag flops and bends. I'll take a hard case everytime.
I've got SKB cases and LOVE them. I know they're pretty expensive but they're unconditionally guaranteed for life. For eight years my current kit has been traveling back and forth from gigs to practice to home, being tossed around, shoved and crammed into tight spots and the hard cases have kept them looking brand new. Plus, you can stack them to the ceiling to save storage space without worry that they'll tip over.
Bags are great for the drummer on a budget but if you have the means, I'd highly recommend picking up some hard cases. I think we can all agree that you absolutely shouldn't be without one or the other, though.
Couldn't agree more!...cases are the way to go...and SKB makes some of the finest!
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:57 AM
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I have used both Protection Racket and Tuxedo bags. I gig at clubs pretty much every weekend. Space and ease of setup and teardown are extremely important, as well as protecting my gear. Especially when club patrons volunteer to be roadies for you. My opinion is that soft bags are the way to go. I gigged for the past 20 years starting with Tuxedo bags and now using Protection Racket which I found are much more superior in quality. Protection Racket zippers are super heavy duty and will never break. The exterior bag material is waterproof and I never had a drop of water from rain or snow get into my cases. The linings are plush and provide great protection for your drum finish and any bumping/dropping. They save so much space because you can stuff all your tom bags into the kick bag when you need to store them. Hard cases take up way too much room (as much room as the kit itself) and can be cumbersome because of the straps and buckles. You get what you pay for. I have been loading my 4 piece DW broken glass kit into these bags for the past 3 years and they still look brand new. Go with Protection Racket and you will never regret it. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-22-2010, 12:06 PM
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I have had the same set of protection racket bags for over ten years, in which time I have been gigging regularly with my Ludwig classic maple. The bags still have years left in them and the drums have been kept safe. I have never used any other bags or cases but in another ten years when I need new bags I will buy protection racket again.
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:27 PM
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Ive contacted them for custom sized bags for a custom HipGig and they can make it for a very reasonable price.

Something Gewa couldn't do (so Gewa said)

So im switching to PR as soon as possbile.
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Old 03-05-2010, 01:04 AM
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Anyone using PROTEC?



Well, its started. "Turn to the left, turn to the right"--

Madarozzo Couture gig bags

Finally, drum bags that say "My gear is better than yours" with style.

Damn you Brits! Now we have to be fashionable with our drum bags.

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