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Old 08-27-2010, 04:39 PM
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Default Storage ideas for hardware

Hi everyone,

I need some cheap and/or DIY ideas for storing drum hardware. I currently use an oversized gym bag for the majority of my stuff but I'd prefer something more rigid.

Does anyone have any inside secrets that they would be willing to share? I don't mind dropping some money on quality products if need be.

Input is appreciated..thanks!
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Old 08-27-2010, 05:42 PM
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Do you just want to store it or use the hardware container for transport?
How many stands and how much do they all weigh together?

A simple plastic bin from Walmart can be a good inexpensive way to store and transport hardware.
If the hardware weighs more than 50 LBS, They make plastic bins with wheels.
Home Depot sells large plastic tool containers also.

I have found that 3 feet long is a good minimum length for a hardware container. Most stands telescope down to just under 3 feet.

The best ones are the ones sold by music supply stores.
My hardware is light so I use a 3' long soft hardware bag from Gator bags with no wheels.
If you have trouble carrying your hardware with one hand then you should get a bag or hard case with wheels.
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:21 PM
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I have a bunch of these and I use one for when I have to bring a lot of hardware and I will have a hand truck or dolly.

They're tough, and won't let any water in when closed if you're loading in during the rain.

Contico Tuff Bin

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Old 08-27-2010, 07:19 PM
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Default Re: Storage ideas for hardware

thanks for the feedback, I didn't think of using a plastic bin.

I would use them mostly for storage and the occasional gig.
I'd say all my hardware is around 75lbs and the biggest piece is 4' long....that contico looks promising
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:31 PM
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I got them for $50 a piece on sale at the hardware store. They're normally $100 each. So if you shop around or wait for a Home Depot/Lowe's sale you can get them cheap.

They have a flimsy key lock but two molded (built in) flanges for padlocks if you need.

Pretty good deal.
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Old 08-28-2010, 01:34 PM
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http://www.samash.com/webapp/wcs/sto...Down___182428_

So I guess the real question is what is your budget. Me I wouldn't want any type of storage/cases for my hardware that doesn't have wheels. There's enough stuff to lug around without having to carry your hardware in a box when you can make life easier on yourself and roll it.
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:53 PM
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Of course, you can always add wheels to most cases.
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:03 AM
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For storage I just use those longer plastic bins like the Serilite brand found at Wal-mart.
They are usually under 20 bucks.

For cartage, I use a Humes & Berg tall Vulc. fiber case with wheels. It's tall enough to just fold up the legs on my stands and be good to go.
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:21 AM
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I found one of these at a garage sale for $80.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=263602_263622

It has wheels and is as rugged as they come. It can fit a LOT of hardware. The greatest benefit is that you don't have to break your stands down. I just pull the boom arms (Yamaha's with memory locks) out and throw them in there with the stands.
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:12 AM
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I am using an old suitcase.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:29 AM
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just make sure they are put away dry
wipe the sweat off all your stands...and hopefuly
kept in a low moisture area...
I had some hardware packed away for about 10
years in a hardcase, I recently opened up the case
and found some pitting/light rust on Some of my cymbal stands..
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:58 PM
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http://www.pargolfonline.co.uk/produ...Flight%2520Bag


HAVE A LOOK AT THIS ..?
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Old 09-01-2010, 02:24 AM
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Some dude here recently made a professional-quality case with stuff from Home Depot and did an amazing job. See if you can find that.
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:04 AM
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:32 AM
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I think that the Golf bag flight travel case is the best drum hardware bag that I have ever seen!
Thanks for that, Nealio and Fuzrock.
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:36 AM
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And your point is.....?
Strange as it may seem, it's not the first time I've seen a golf bag suggested/used as a hardware case over the years.....and I'm guessing it won't be the last.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:52 PM
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I think that the Golf bag flight travel case is the best drum hardware bag that I have ever seen!
Thanks for that, Nealio and Fuzrock.
It's never let me down.
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Old 09-04-2010, 03:54 AM
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I think that the Golf bag flight travel case is the best drum hardware bag that I have ever seen!
Thanks for that, Nealio and Fuzrock.
Yes, thanks for the "heads up" on this! I just scored the same one Fuzrock has for $100 shipped -- lifetime warranty and free, field replaceable latches, handles, and wheels.

Thanks again!

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Old 09-04-2010, 11:26 PM
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Yes, thanks for the "heads up" on this! I just scored the same one Fuzrock has for $100 shipped -- lifetime warranty and free, field replaceable latches, handles, and wheels.

Thanks again!

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Awesome! You won't be dissapointed. That's a really cheap price. Can you post a link to where you got it from?
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:15 AM
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OK, I stand corrected.
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:26 AM
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Awesome! You won't be dissapointed. That's a really cheap price. Can you post a link to where you got it from?
It was an Ebay auction--used but like new for $61 plus shipping.

Thanks again for the great idea!

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Old 09-05-2010, 05:17 PM
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One thing I do when storing my hardware is through in SILICA GEL packs. Anytime I find them in (electronics, tool, etc.) packaging I save them for my drum gear. It's a great way to control rust.

Here's how it works ... http://www.theruststore.com/Silica-Gel-FAQ-W40C2.aspx
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:02 AM
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I wandered in here wondering if anyone had ever tried a golf bag for hardware storage/cartage. Will any standard golf bag work, or just one of the hardshell travel cases?
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:11 AM
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I wandered in here wondering if anyone had ever tried a golf bag for hardware storage/cartage. Will any standard golf bag work, or just one of the hardshell travel cases?
I've not seen a golf bag as such, used to cart hardware. But the hard travel cases that are designed to protect the actual bag work a treat.

This sort of thing: http://www.golfbagwarehouse.com/Item...ProductID=2026
as opposed to one of these: http://www.golfbagwarehouse.com/Item...ProductID=1607
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Old 09-18-2010, 08:39 AM
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I've not seen a golf bag as such, used to cart hardware. But the hard travel cases that are designed to protect the actual bag work a treat.

This sort of thing: http://www.golfbagwarehouse.com/Item...ProductID=2026
as opposed to one of these: http://www.golfbagwarehouse.com/Item...ProductID=1607
I used to have one of these hard cases, an SKB Freedom, but they are too hard to transport. I now use an SKB hardware case that has about the same volume, but is shorter and wider and much easier to transport.
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