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Old 02-29-2012, 01:03 AM
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I am looking into buying drum cases or bags for around town and touring gigs. What are the best quality cases I can get for the money without over paying for cases? Pros/Cons of the cases and bags would be nice too.
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It all depends on how much you want to protect your kit. I would recommend Ahead Armour Cases (same as the top end protection racket). pro is they're really crazy padded, but the con is they're not hardshell meaning they're not so resistant to impact (say if a speaker falls in a van).

Hardcase are what they say on the tin, but beware that they offer literally no padding inside the case (something that really hacked me off when I bought my first set!) I ended up customising mine by sheepskin lining every case (which took ages and wasn't particularly cheap!)

I tour a lot, and feel protecting my gear is paramount. After using both types, the ahead/protection racket (made in the same factory, just buy whichever is cheaper) are my choice. Be prepared to drop 200+ on a five piece set and cymbal case....
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Humes and Berg Galaxy. Good price, good bags.
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Hardcase are what they say on the tin, but beware that they offer literally no padding inside the case........
I'm assuming you're talking about the "Hardcase" brand of hard cases, yeah? They actually don't need any padding inside due to the telescopic nature of the lid design. There are the pads on the top and bottom that the drum hoops rest on and once the lid is secured and the straps pulled tight, the drum doesn't move at all. No need for side protection as per an SKB etc, as the drum is doesn't move around within the case itself.
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I'm assuming you're talking about the "Hardcase" brand of hard cases, yeah? They actually don't need any padding inside due to the telescopic nature of the lid design. There are the pads on the top and bottom that the drum hoops rest on and once the lid is secured and the straps pulled tight, the drum doesn't move at all. No need for side protection as per an SKB etc, as the drum is doesn't move around within the case itself.
I have a Hardcase brand bass drum case and there is nothing in the top and bottom on mine, the bass drum moved around so much it started to scuff the lacquered hoops so I bought a padded bag that was cheap because it was NOS at the local drum store that I use as a liner to protect my bass drum, I have slowly been replacing all my cases with SKB and for the few dollars difference in the price they are the best bang for the buck, top notch product with great warranty and customer service. Ive had a couple of humes and berg, both types of protector, regular and elite plus the hardcase and the cheap nomads as well and a stagg and as far as im concerned I wish I had of bought skb to begin with.
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I'm assuming you're talking about the "Hardcase" brand of hard cases, yeah? They actually don't need any padding inside due to the telescopic nature of the lid design. There are the pads on the top and bottom that the drum hoops rest on and once the lid is secured and the straps pulled tight, the drum doesn't move at all. No need for side protection as per an SKB etc, as the drum is doesn't move around within the case itself.
They do say that, but the reality is it just doesn't work. I don't trust leaving my drums in a case that is bigger than the drum to be held in place by 3 external nylon straps. Mine moved around, so I home-brewed a remedy. If I had the money, I would oversize rash case by an inch or 2 and slam some armour cases inside them. That would be bulletproof!!!
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They do say that, but the reality is it just doesn't work. I don't trust leaving my drums in a case that is bigger than the drum to be held in place by 3 external nylon straps. Mine moved around, so I home-brewed a remedy. If I had the money, I would oversize rash case by an inch or 2 and slam some armour cases inside them. That would be bulletproof!!!
Fair enough. Mine don't. Although I only have three snare cases and used to own an 18" FT case to judge by, but I have friends with the whole shebang and not a problem to speak of in all the years they've owned them. I think they're a great choice. A close second to SKB's (which are the best I've seen shy of professional touring road cases). From what I'm told though, Hardcase are no longer available in the States, so if the OP is a Yank then I guess it's a moot point anyway. ;-)

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I have a Hardcase brand bass drum case and there is nothing in the top and bottom on mine,
Are they older models? The first time I saw them was nearly 20 years ago now. Those ones certainly didn't, but I believe they rectified that many years ago now. Any modern Hardcase has the padding top and bottom.
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:05 AM
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I waited for years to buy a good set of used cases and gave up. Everyone wanted almost as much as a new case set would cost, ironically sometimes more. What amazes me about drums is that many of us are playing drums worth less than half the cost of a good set of cases.

I researched around and decided on SKB Roto-x's. After I picked them I then asked for a package deal on a complete set of cases from 3 or 4 different places. I had a couple very competitive prices and went with the place I was most comfortable with. Going for the complete set really got me better all around price and the cases are really well made. SKB's are durable, fit great, are nicely padded and stack well. I had one small issue, a wheel on the roller gear box was drilled wrong. SKB quickly re-shipped a replacement within days. Good company, they back up product with very nice customer service.
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:34 AM
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Hands down, SKB. Regardless of the price of your kit, we all want/need our gear to last a lifetime. I'm on my second set of SKB's and absolutely love them. Great padding within the case and tough shells- just beware of the plastic clips. When the cases are open and the straps are laying around, they can easily be broken in a dark bar/venue if stepped on. However, they do have a lifetime warranty. My only complaint is the sizing- my Pearl Sessions fit beautifully with the OptiMounts, but my DW Suspension Tom Mounts are a bit snug. Both kits primarily go to local bar gigs and sometimes on the road, and I have always felt 100% confident with these cases; I'm pretty obsessive with my kits, so for me, that is saying quite a bit.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:55 AM
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I have heard mixed reviews on the SKB cases, although I haven't experienced them first hand. I have heard horror stories of the glue that holds the padding in causing hardware to tarnish and pit badly. SKB were quick to replace under warranty (the case and the drum) but personally that would still cause me a massive PITA.

I would assume that the problem has now been rectified - I have SKB cases on various PA applications and they are superb; just be aware if you're buying used....
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I have heard horror stories of the glue that holds the padding in causing hardware to tarnish and pit badly.
Foam or even glue doesn't cause drums to tarnish or pit.....moisture does....or in the case of pitting, it's often a reaction in the bonding process between chrome and aluminium. They just don't play well together. Hence why many old Supra's have pitted shells. That can happen in any case whether it's lined or not.

Hell, I used Ragone cases for nearly 20 years with no foam at all. They weren't a patch on the quality of SKB (or even Hardcase), yet strangely enough no tarnish, pitting or even a scratch to talk about.
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I don't have much experience besides Protection Racket, but I can't imagine bags getting much better than these, especially not for the price. Only minor complaints would be with the rolling hardware cases, but it's hardly worth mentioning and I think they have upgraded it anyway.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:22 AM
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Foam or even glue doesn't cause drums to tarnish or pit.....moisture does....or in the case of pitting, it's often a reaction in the bonding process between chrome and aluminium. They just don't play well together. Hence why many old Supra's have pitted shells. That can happen in any case whether it's lined or not.

Hell, I used Ragone cases for nearly 20 years with no foam at all. They weren't a patch on the quality of SKB (or even Hardcase), yet strangely enough no tarnish, pitting or even a scratch to talk about.
As I say, I have no experience of this first hand, but I distinctly remember reading about it when I bought cases for with my Yamaha. A quick google search will reveal I'm sure. The glue residues were definitely causing issues that's stressed a lot of people out.....
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protection racket is still your best bet.
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As I say, I have no experience of this first hand, but I distinctly remember reading about it when I bought cases for with my Yamaha. A quick google search will reveal I'm sure. The glue residues were definitely causing issues that's stressed a lot of people out.....
I'm Googling mate.....have been doing so for half an hour. Several references to the glue not holding the foam in properly, several references to a tight squeeze with Optimounts/ RIMS style mounts. Can't find a thing about the glue causing pitting/rusting/tarnishing. Can you link me? Your post is the first time I've ever heard of this and at the risk of sounding difficult, I'm highly skeptical.

EDIT: I have found one thread on the Pearl forum citing the glue in Gator cases as being the cause of rust and another from here at DW. Nothing about SKB though.
http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/sh...usted-Hardware

http://cdn-x.drummerworld.com/forums...d.php?p=925922

All seems pretty inconclusive to me regardless. But even so, it would seem the problem is limited to Gator cases and not SKB.
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I'm Googling mate.....have been doing so for half an hour. Several references to the glue not holding the foam in properly, several references to a tight squeeze with Optimounts/ RIMS style mounts. Can't find a thing about the glue causing pitting/rusting/tarnishing. Can you link me? Your post is the first time I've ever heard of this and at the risk of sounding difficult, I'm highly skeptical.

EDIT: I have found one thread on the Pearl forum citing the glue in Gator cases as being the cause of rust and another from here at DW. Nothing about SKB though.
http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/sh...usted-Hardware

http://cdn-x.drummerworld.com/forums...d.php?p=925922

All seems pretty inconclusive to me regardless. But even so, it would seem the problem is limited to Gator cases and not SKB.
In which case, my apologies. As I said, it was a distant memore from what back when, and it could also have been Gator (I remembered it was the same brand as some of my rackmount cases, and I have gator also).

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The SKB's for my Pearl's are 6 years old- the kit has been in nothing but the SKB's, and I can tell you all that the DO NOT cause rust. The only issue is when the hardware peels the lining, exposing the glue which does nothing more than put sticky stuff on your gear. A bit annoying, yeah. A bit hard to remove, yeah, but NO serious damage.

Use a bit of care when loading your kit, and all is fine. I almost mentioned in my previous post, that these are not cases you want your bandmates/friends loading your gear into, simply for this reason. However, I feel unless you are a touring musician with paid roadies, you, the drum owner, should be the only one handling your precious gear.....
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OH YEH ! it was gator that had all the problems with glue and damage to the drums but when I had contacted them about the damage to my vintage Tama Rockstars they assured me it was something I did and not the fault of their cases and now they are paying out claims after selling my rockstars and cases for a fraction of what they were worth due to the damage. Go figure, just my luck. FYI Gator you SUCK!!!!!!!!! and SKB ROCKS!!!!!!
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Humes & Berg Galaxy Bags are the best value out there.

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I am looking into buying drum cases or bags for around town and touring gigs. What are the best quality cases I can get for the money without over paying for cases? Pros/Cons of the cases and bags would be nice too.
What are you putting them in?

Truck? Wagon? Van? Bobtail? Sedan? How high is the lift gate?

If you're moving your kit in a car - lots of small, dedicated soft cases may be best - they'll fit better, and you can toss them in with no worries.

If you have a truck or van - one large multi-tom case from Craigs will be cheaper per drum-inch, be tougher, have better resale some day, be a much faster load (one trip) and have that "woah" factor when you roll into a gig. Much better for the personal branding.

Hardware - who the hell wants a giant golf bag with teeny skateboard wheels on one end and a handle on the other? Those bags suck. So you'll want a hard case for hardware so you can stack the rest of your cases on it. Of course, this only works in a truck bed or a van.

Cymbals? How many do you bring? A large multi-tom ATA case will have a cymbal sleeve... A Cymbal vault plastic roto case is nice - you can drop them 2 or three times before they break and chip the corners. Soft bags are nice - as long as you don't overload them.

Decisions decisions.

For me, I'm no longer in a truck. I'm in a Toyota Land Cruiser. So I have leather interior, seats that (mostly) fold down. I moved from three large ATA trap cases to a grip of Protection Racket bags for toms and Cymbals, and a low-boy ATA roller case to stack them all on. The loan hard case (SKB) is for my 98 Craviotto Snare. Everything else lives in Protection Racket bags.

What you move your rig in (read: your car, van, truck, bus, whatever) is the most important factor in deciding how to carry your drums and hardware.

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Humes & Berg Galaxy Bags are the best value out there.

http://www.steveweissmusic.com/category/humes-berg

Also check out the Drum Seeker Bags.. a bit more $ but very nice!
I 2nd the Humes & Berg Galaxy and DrumSeeker bags. They're essentially the same, except that the DrumSeekers are lined with fleece. So DrumSeekers offer pretty much the exact same protection as Protection Racket, but are priced a bit less. Plus I really like their handles, too. If you're interested in bags rather than hard cases, I'd definitely check these out.
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For bags, Protection Racket all the way for me, & That's not just a patriotic choice, I've never had even the slightest issue with them = superb product.

Of course, if you're trucking your stuff, than hard cases all the way, or flight cases if you're lucky enough to have crew & loading ramps :)
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padded skb all the way!

if you want serious protection, short of flight cases, nothing even comes close.

not cheap but definitely worth the investment if you own a nice set of drums.

had mine for number of years, only thing that has gone wrong on the case is the badge falling off one of the case... easily fixed with some glue.
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The best cases like everything else in life are the ones that fit both your needs and your wallet.
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+1 for Ahead Armor Cases. Did a bunch of research and these were the best soft cases I could find. Crappy cell phone pics incoming:




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padded skb all the way!

if you want serious protection, short of flight cases, nothing even comes close.

not cheap but definitely worth the investment if you own a nice set of drums.

had mine for number of years, only thing that has gone wrong on the case is the badge falling off one of the case... easily fixed with some glue.
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I use UK made HARDCASE cases for all my drums/cymbals/hardware. They work great. I know that my gear is safe and I dont have to worry about it. One disadvantage is weight. Cymbal bag is very heavy but that is not a big problem
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Beato Pro 1's. The Original. Made in America. Fred Beato, the owner,created a ecommerce link from the Beato website and is selling them now factory direct to the artist. He personally helps you get the right size to accommodate your hardware. He's a drummer, too. I talked to him on his cell phone! Prices are unbelievable and he's including free shipping. Beato has an endorsee program too. A friend of mine needed some weird configuration and Beato made it, no problem. Best deal for drummers I've found in a long time.
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Second that.Hardcase is terrific.
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The Ahead Armor cases look like they have enough room for the RIMS mounts and wing nut. Mine stick out 3 inches.

Anyone used these?

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Second that.Hardcase is terrific.
Nah, my bass drum case is a Hardcase brand and IMO there are much better cases out there for the money. For what I spent on the case and then buying a padded bag to stop the hoops from getting scuffed from the drum moving around inside the case I could have bought an SKB and had cash left over.

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I'll put in another vote for the Ahead Armor Cases and that is only if you are the one handling and trucking your equipment around. If not, then hard cases are definately the way to go.
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Nah, my bass drum case is a Hardcase brand and IMO there are much better cases out there for the money. For what I spent on the case and then buying a padded bag to stop the hoops from getting scuffed from the drum moving around inside the case I could have bought an SKB and had cash left over.
I don't understand how Hardcases could scuff your hoops. The plastic is fairly soft, much softer than a triple-flanged hoop. There is no chance the plastic would even touch your drums because of the hoops keeping the plastic out of the way. I prefer no padding as that would just add to the weight and solid plastic cases are pretty heavy.

I got my Hardcases in 2006, when they were still distributed in the US, and they were quite a bit less expensive than SKB. I do have an SKB hardware case and Humes and Berg cymbals case, though.
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For bags, Protection Racket all the way for me, & That's not just a patriotic choice, I've never had even the slightest issue with them = superb product.

Of course, if you're trucking your stuff, than hard cases all the way, or flight cases if you're lucky enough to have crew & loading ramps :)
i agree with this post. Protection Racket all the way. Superb construction all round.
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:44 PM
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I don't understand how Hardcases could scuff your hoops. The plastic is fairly soft, much softer than a triple-flanged hoop. There is no chance the plastic would even touch your drums because of the hoops keeping the plastic out of the way. I prefer no padding as that would just add to the weight and solid plastic cases are pretty heavy.

I got my Hardcases in 2006, when they were still distributed in the US, and they were quite a bit less expensive than SKB. I do have an SKB hardware case and Humes and Berg cymbals case, though.
Bass drums dont have triple flanged hoops, and the bass drum would slide around inside the case rubbing the lacquered finish wood hoop against the side of the case and scuffed the finish like someone rubbed it with a scotch brite pad. I had paid $4500 for my shell pack and was really pissed that I bought casees to protect them and it was the case that caused the firts damage. I ended up buying a padded bag to use as a liner but with the price of the Hardcase and the bag it ended up costing me more than an SKB padded case.
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Bass drums dont have triple flanged hoops, and the bass drum would slide around inside the case rubbing the lacquered finish wood hoop against the side of the case and scuffed the finish like someone rubbed it with a scotch brite pad. I had paid $4500 for my shell pack and was really pissed that I bought casees to protect them and it was the case that caused the firts damage. I ended up buying a padded bag to use as a liner but with the price of the Hardcase and the bag it ended up costing me more than an SKB padded case.
OK, now I understand - it was a bass drum. Yeah, I can see that happening. It seems that if you tightened the straps a bit the compression would keep the drum from moving. Hardcases do have foam strips glued into the inside faces but sometimes these come off.
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I'm pretty happy with my H&B drum seeker bags the snare drum bag was only $30..not bad & they're plush on the inside,durable on the outside..;)

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OK, now I understand - it was a bass drum. Yeah, I can see that happening. It seems that if you tightened the straps a bit the compression would keep the drum from moving. Hardcases do have foam strips glued into the inside faces but sometimes these come off.
My Hardcase never had any foam strips or anything inside it and even with the straps as tight as possible the bass drum still moved around. It was tight enough that the heads of the tension rods left marks in the case when it moved. The bass drum case is big enough that without ribs built into it the plastic it can flex allowing the drum to move back and forth during transport just enough to scuff the finish. Anyway I still use it with a padded bag inside but as I replace my older cases its only SKB from now on. Plus there customer service is second to none. I had a problem with a snare case and they sent me a brand new one free of charge no questions asked with a prepaid voucher included to ship the old one back from Canada.
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Probably depends most on who's moving your equipment.

If you're moving your drums in a closed car, bags are likely OK. If your bandmates are "helping" you tote your drums in the bed of a truck, hard cases might be better. If you tour more than you're home, hard cases only.

I "roadie" my own gear, so went with H&B Drum Seekers, 'cause a nearby drum store quoted me a nice price [thanks to Allied Music of Ohio - formerly Peeler Drum Center]. They requested AND GOT a quick ship from the factory just in time for a gig!

Pros: the *thick* pile lining should protect your drums from normal handling mishaps. I wouldn't drop one down a flight of stairs in a Drum Seeker bag, but they'll shrug off a bit of weather and bumps in doorways, stacking and such. Good pulls, tough cordura skin, useable handles.

Cons: made in China. No significant flaws, but if made in [your home country] is important... The stitching inside and outside isn't isn't perfect, but is still serviceable.
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I use all Beato Pro 1 bags, but they are pricey. The thing I like about them, other than being very well made, is the material is like a shiney vinyl that appears to be water-proof. It rains alot where I live, so that matters to me.
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