What about your Bass Case?
Depending on your situation, there are many different kinds of Cases that you can choose from. Below are some of the more common kinds.
These are the ones that you generally see slung over the back of many a Bass-slinger or Guitar player. They are usually inexpensive, moderately durable and light.
Because these are so inexpensive, there are a lot of options for you when it comes to buying one. Overall, you want one that isn't going to fall apart as soon as you look at it or rip in half if you pull on it a bit. You also want to make sure that it has enough storage room for Cables, Tuners, maybe a book or two, and quite possibly a drink.
These are some of the best kinds to consider when you are taking transit often and need to move around a lot. Taking a hard one everywhere can get tiring and can be a bit of a hassle to haul around all of the time. Getting a good soft one is definitely a good idea if you can.
Hard Cases are both a life saver and the world's biggest pain in the ass.
Ridiculously durable and long lasting, these are the most durable kinds that money can buy. The reason that they are so valuable is that they can withstand the most intense amounts of abuse and still be standing with your Bass intact.
The problem with these is that they weigh a ton! After a while with a hard type, your arm will most likely feel like it's made of Lead. While they offer maximum protection, carrying around one can be hazardous to your health.
The best reason to get a harder type would be if you're traveling a lot and require maximum protection. (i.e. If you're on a tour or you're carrying a lot of gear with your Bass)
Hybrid refers to the mix of hard and soft materials used in construction. For many in this style, they have a harder shell or form and a softer covering or coating.
Think of it like a tent. The form or shape of the tent is made of a harder material (i.e Steel poles) and the form and shape is covered and protected by a softer material (i.e Fabric).
These are the most useful kind available and are more and more readily available all the time. These are so useful because they provide more protection than a typical soft one and are much lighter than a typical hard type.
While the shape and composition of each case is pretty much set, depending on it's intended use, there are a variety of materials that they can be composed of. Some of the most common materials are:
Wood is the most common body material of hard types. With it's inherent strength and ability to be cut into a variety of shapes, Wood makes a great material. You'll find that while wood is used in many kinds of hard cases, it isn't all that common for soft or hard kinds, due to it's heavier and more rigid nature.
Metal is typically used to re-enforce the structural integrity of hybrid kinds or, in some cases, used as the body material for both flight or hard types. Regardless, the metal used is generally Steel or Aluminum. For Hard kinds made of metal, Aircraft-grade Aluminum is generally used almost exclusively due to it's lighter weight (for a metal) and it's ease of machining.
Fabrics are used in every type, from the inner linings of a hard case to the outer shell and cover of both soft and hybrid types.
Fabrics are used often, not only because they are easy to work with and manipulate, but also because fabric is generally fairly cheap. Most often, Polyester is used but other kinds of fabrics can be used as well.
Synthetics, in this particular instance, refer to both Plastics and Carbon Fiber (and similar types of materials).
Carbon Fiber is usually turned into Flight cases and plastics are used in all kinds. Hybrid cases usually have a shell or form of plastic with a fabric coating.
You'll want to make sure that with whichever type you decide to go with, that it has enough in the way of Storage space. Nothing is as sucktacular as finding out that your brand new purchase can't carry your Sheet Music and a Cable because there is almost no room.
If you're going to be buying one for an Acoustic Bass, you'll want to take a look at the variety of Acoustic kinds out there as well. I would suggest a hard type over a softer one due to the fragility of the instrument in question.
If you have ever held an Acoustic Guitar (Or a Violin, Cello, Double-Bass, etc.......), You know that they are more susceptible to damage due to the fact that they are both hollow and made of wood. The last thing that anyone wants is to receive their new Acoustic Bass, play it once, and then watch it fall and crack in half while in transit because they didn't have a good, high-quality Case to protect their investment.
Luckily, you're reading this, so you're obviously thinking a bit ahead and you want to keep your Bass for longer than a day. (Although, Mahogany smells really good when it becomes firewood)!
Currently, there are a variety of high-quality, usually inexpensive kinds out there that will provide you with a bit more protection than the typical soft case. If you're going to go with an Acoustic Bass, I would suggest spending a bit more on one, as you really don't want to have a broken bass after your first bus ride because some clown decides that it looks like a really good seat.
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