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Old 12-28-2011, 03:57 PM
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hi y'all

i am on the look out for a new cymbal bag, not sure what to get.

hard or soft??

which do you guys use...links would be helpful.

btw i am in uk

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Old 12-28-2011, 04:35 PM
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i use a Zildjian back pack soft bag.

it has dividers to stop scratching, it has back pack straps so it frees up my hands to carry drums.

i used to use a hard case but it is just to much work at 1:00 am after the gig
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:53 PM
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Ive got a sabian padded soft bag with the separate pocket for the hats, they are lined and seem to protect quite well but I do carry my cymbals with me in the vehicle with the guys guitars and not in the trailer with the rest of the gear.

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Old 12-28-2011, 05:01 PM
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I would get a hard case. Yes, it takes up more room. But there horror stories here of people dropping bags down stairs, off loading docks, out of moving cars, etc., and the bags didn't provide enough protection.
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:53 PM
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I have two cases, one for leaving unused cymbals in at home, another really nice one with dividers and a hats pouch for taking to gigs.

I've only once ever dropped a cymbal and I tend to not let people carry my cymbal bag, but I do agree with DMC - if you can afford a hard case (like the Zildjian Cymbal Safe), that's the very best bet.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:06 PM
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i used to use a hard case but it is just to much work at 1:00 am after the gig
That's odd...that's one of the very reasons I would recommend getting one. If you're tired or still inebriated or whatever after a gig, THAT is the time you want your cymbals protected...
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:14 PM
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i use this its amazing: http://www.drumshop.co.uk/buy/zildji...cymbal-bag.htm
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:07 PM
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I don't get drunk t gigs, if your drunk loading out you sure as heck should not be driving home.

i have never in over 30 years of gigging dropped my gear.

they both have advantages and disadvantages

hard cases offer better protection but are more time consuming and a little more of a hassle to cary.

soft bags offer less protection but i find them faster to use and easier to carry


i use hard cases for long term storage and soft for gigging
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:36 PM
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A buddy of mine always used a padded bag similar to mine and he ended up in a semi pro band for a while and had roadies that handled most of the lugging instead of him so he just bought one of the SKB cymbal cases without the center post and just put the whole bag inside the case, soft padded bag as well as the added protection of a molded case and still quicker than using a case with the center post, a win win win situation...lol
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:04 PM
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I use King Kong Kases for my cymbals...and yes, I have dropped them.


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Old 12-29-2011, 01:13 AM
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I think the hard cases are a brilliant idea, especially if other people are moving the stuff around for you. But for me, it's the solid leather Reunion Blues padded cymbal bag. I hated it when it was new because the leather hadn't broken in, but 20 years later, it's great. It's like a baseball glove. Very much worth the investment.
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:20 AM
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I have both, hard case and soft bag, both from Zildjian, all cymbals in the hard case exept the hi-hats which go in the soft bag. :-)
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:23 AM
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I'm using a cheap (I thing it's Stagg) soft bag. Does the job so far.
Holds my entire kit: 20" ride, 18" china, 16" crash, 18" crash in the main bag area, there is padding between all of them, 13" hi hat top and bottom (with dividers) and 10" and 6" splashes (still each divided) on the frontal pocket.

I carry the cymbals myself at every gig. Still never dropped it.
I'm just worried when I lay it flat and load the car. I normally try to never put stuff on top of it... but I don't always succeed.

The largest cymbal is the 20" ride, a K series that is pretty seriously tick and acts like a "protection" for all the other ones.

My only fear is that the shoulder strap will break sooner or later... so I try to always carry it by the handles. Safer.
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:03 PM
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I have a Reunion Blues cymbal bag and I would categorize it as a semi-soft since it is a bit more rigid than some of the soft bags I have seen. Reunion Blues make pro quality bags. Check them out!

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Old 12-29-2011, 11:36 PM
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Go with hard case !
I'd never let my set travel without a safe protection...
I use this and never get any damage.
Great product !
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:44 AM
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I have Ludwig SPS cases for my cymbals and drums. They are kind of a hybrid between hard cases and soft and they're lined. I suppose they aren't nearly as cool if you don't play Ludwigs, but they're the nicest cases I've owned.
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:12 PM
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The Ludwig SPS is one on one copy of the GEWA SPS (wich are even cheaper most of the time)


I had SPS bags (complete set) and it was wonderful but a bit heavy.

For plane traveling only I would get a Hardcase again (had both a standard 22'' swell as the 24'' with wheels)


Now I have a Protection Racket Rucksack Deluxe (and a complete kit and percussion bag set) Handy to take on the bike, rugged, well protection, soft and enough space for other stuff too.



Also the Ahead Armor bag/cases are really nice (but also heavy too :p )
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:27 PM
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Reunion Blues for me all the way. Obviously many other decent choices exist as well.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:37 PM
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i'll prefer soft cases and hard for long tour...
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:27 PM
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If you do a lot of gigging/travelling go hard case.

If you're just taking them every now and then, go soft if budget is a consideration.
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:54 PM
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I use 22" Tama bag and it is great. I like the design. Looking for second bag like 20" with backstraps. I think I found one but not bought it yet.
Generally, any bag is good for car, lightweight back pack for walking few blocks (its a shame promark discontinued their cc20), and for plane hardcase/skb. Dunno whats best for space travel yet.
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:06 PM
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No way my prize bronze is going in a soft bag. I want my edges protected, bags can't do that. Plus my hard case stands up on it's own. Bags can't do that either. I think the time savings with a bag vs a case is negligible, so it's a hard case for me. I use the Zildjain cymbal safe...it's nice because it's pretty small. I have an SKB hard case that's just stupid big. I don't use that. My Zildjian cymbal safe has been serving me flawlessly since 2005.
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:14 PM
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No way my prize bronze is going in a soft bag. I want my edges protected, bags can't do that. Plus my hard case stands up on it's own. Bags can't do that either. I think the time savings with a bag vs a case is negligible, so it's a hard case for me. I use the Zildjain cymbal safe...it's nice because it's pretty small. I have an SKB hard case that's just stupid big. I don't use that. My Zildjian cymbal safe has been serving me flawlessly since 2005.
My instinct also told me hard case.

However, when I did a bit of research a couple of years ago, I remember some people pointing out that the problem with the hard cases is the rod in the middle. Found a few posts on several forums/sites where people claimed the rod can (slowly/over time) damage the cymbals' holes, if the case falls over or gets thrown around, etc.

I went soft bag (Humes & Berg Tuxedo); but I am really careful/mindful, and watch it all the time. Which isn't always fun... (Then again, I don't need to take my cymbals with me that often.) I've been thinking of getting a hard case without a rod - and putting my soft bag in there...

What do you guys think?

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Old 01-24-2012, 07:22 PM
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I have all soft cases even for my drums. They are padded and protect well and in turn, dont damage your car. I ave the Zildjian soft cymbal bag (leather?) Its really nice and has dividers inside. No one knows I really have Paiste cymbals inside hahaha. For extra scratch protection i still use the plastic sleeves/bags the cymbals came in. Unless you are touring or not in charge of your gear, the soft bags are fine. I carry mine from the car to the stage myself so it never gets dropped or handled poorly. Hard cases are cumbersome.
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:29 PM
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My instinct also told me hard case.

However, when I did a bit of research a couple of years ago, I remember some people pointing out that the problem with the hard cases is the rod in the middle. Found a few posts on several forums/sites where people claimed the rod can (slowly/over time) damage the cymbals' holes, if the case falls over or gets thrown around, etc.

I went soft bag (Humes & Berg Tuxedo); but I am really careful/mindful, and watch it all the time. Which isn't always fun... (Then again, I don't need to take my cymbals with me that often.) I've been thinking of getting a hard case without a rod - and putting my soft bag in there...

What do you guys think?

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Yep, I have a Sabian padded bag for my cymbals and when the time comes to use a hard case the whole bag will go in the SKB cymbal case with no center post.
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:02 AM
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I've been using a center post hard case since 2005 and I never had any issues whatsoever with my cymbal holes cracking or keyholing. I store it flat, so there is only pressure on my bronze for a little while while they are being carried. Mine has no fabric dividers, my cymbals touch one another. Again, I never had an issue with that, but some may object on principle.
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Old 01-25-2012, 05:31 AM
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I've been using a center post hard case since 2005 and I never had any issues whatsoever with my cymbal holes cracking or keyholing. I store it flat, so there is only pressure on my bronze for a little while while they are being carried. Mine has no fabric dividers, my cymbals touch one another. Again, I never had an issue with that, but some may object on principle.
If someone was actually worried about it just put a piece of surgical tubing part way up the bolt or something along those lines.
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Yep, I have a Sabian padded bag for my cymbals and when the time comes to use a hard case the whole bag will go in the SKB cymbal case with no center post.
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If someone was actually worried about it just put a piece of surgical tubing part way up the bolt or something along those lines.
May I take the topic one step further? (Since I am facing this dilemma.)

Would you guys feel comfortable checking in those cases for a flight? (I'm not sure the airline will allow me to take all my cymbals as hand luggage - [in soft bags]: 2 x 14" Hi Hats, 2 x 20" Ride, 2 x 18" Medium, 1 x 17" Crash, plus 2 Cup Chimes.)

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Would you guys feel comfortable checking in those cases for a flight?
SKB cases? Wouldn't hesitate to load them into cargo. They'll hold up.
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Would you guys feel comfortable checking in those cases for a flight?
Sure would and probably the only cases I would feel comfortable having my drums commercially shipped in, and since you already have a padded bag for your cymbals get the SKB case without a center post and put the whole bag in, then its "double wrapped" ...lol, so to speak for safety sakes.

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Old 01-25-2012, 07:30 PM
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I took my Hardcase on a international flight (luggage storage) no problem at all.

Im not afraid using a soft case for my 2500 $ + worth of K cymbals btw.
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