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mkatz
09-19-2018, 04:00 PM
I know it has been covered before but would like
to revisit.

I recently traveled with my Kinnard Tenor in an Oahu leather covered fiberglass case. It certainly provided good protection and while I was very comfortable putting it in the overhead, I find a gig bag with backpack straps much more comfortable for travel.

I have a Reunion Blues Continental concert size gig bag which provides great protection but is bulky and much heavier than a hard case and I would imagine the tenor to be even more so. That being the case (pun intended) I ordered a Reunion Blues RBX and will more than likely return it as it does not feel sturdy enough for travel.

The Mono 80 looks like a nice size and weight but no backpack straps which are a must for me.

The Fusion looks as big and bulky as the RB Continental.

Access no longer seem to be making tenor size gig bags.

Does anybody have experience with the Gator Pro-Go Series gig bags? They look decent.

Any other suggestions?

Mitch

DownUpDave
09-20-2018, 12:07 AM
I have the Fusion Urban series and love it. It is sleeker then the other Fusion bag, if that is the one you are referring to. But the Urban series is as bulky or more so then a hardcase. At first it was a concern but I have traveled by plane with it a lot and no issues in fitting in the overhead. After real world experience I would not be with out it.

RafterGirl
09-20-2018, 01:19 AM
I just got a Gator 4G series bag to carry my soprano to the LA Ukulele Festival. Seems sturdy & well padded. Definitely beefier than my usual gig bags, but not excessively bulky. Nice backpack straps & decent sized front pocket. I'll report back on how it works after the festival on Saturday.

Jerryc41
09-20-2018, 01:38 AM
I have a pile of gig bags because I seldom use them. I prefer something more sturdy, like hard cases. Even a well-padded bag will not protect as well as a wooden, ABS, or fiberglass case. I prefer cases with at least one strap, and preferably two.

mkatz
09-20-2018, 11:38 AM
I have the Fusion Urban series and love it. It is sleeker then the other Fusion bag, if that is the one you are referring to. But the Urban series is as bulky or more so then a hardcase. At first it was a concern but I have traveled by plane with it a lot and no issues in fitting in the overhead. After real world experience I would not be with out it.

Thanks Dave. It looks like the choice for me will be either the Reunion Blues Continental or the Fusion Urban series.

Mitch

photoshooter
09-20-2018, 12:29 PM
I have two of the Gator tenor cases. I haven’t flown with any ukes but I would feel perfectly comfortable doing so.

lfoo6952
09-20-2018, 12:41 PM
Thanks Dave. It looks like the choice for me will be either the Reunion Blues Continental or the Fusion Urban series.

Mitch

I have both the Reunion Blues Continental and Fusion Urban series bags. If it's better protection that you want, go with the Fusion, hands down, without question. It is bulkier but the padding is thicker and stiffer, which provides the better protection. I don't know about the Gator.

Luke

Ziret
09-21-2018, 05:07 AM
I have the RB Continental. I don't know that it's heavier than my hard case, but it's about twice as thick. I've had no issues flying with it. It's at least as protective as a hard case, and the backpack system is quite comfortable. So for travel, I find it better than a hard case, and use a hard case just for local destinations. The front pocket is big enough for a regular ipad, and you can rig more storage in the back, where you could carry a larger ipad. If it weren't so bulky, it would be an ideal case. At this time, though, it seems no matter the brand, you trade bulkiness for protection and a good backpack system in gig bag land.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
09-21-2018, 05:26 AM
OK, from the sublime to the ridiculous:

I just got a double tennis racket bag (half off, so $5) from the Salvation Army Family Store, to transport
my reentrant Soprano and my low-G Concert :)

I mention this because, as you may know, some golf bags have backpack-like harnesses that may be
attached to almost any item so the item can be carried like a backpack :)

if the suggestion appeals to you, you might shop at one of my exclusive men's stores (Goodwill) and
pick up a used golf bag with such a harness.

just my 2 cents :)

keep uke'in',

Uncle Rod Higuchi
09-21-2018, 06:57 AM
I just received the following email from a luthier friend: enjoy the read :)

[[Good score on the double tennis racquet case!..I haven't seen any in a while (but have 10-12 for storing instruments on shelves.I do have a few extras here also. I buy them when I see them,usually $8-10. They work well hung off a bar stool (or chair) back by the shoulder strap with two ukuleles. easy to switch off. You can leave the pockets half open and just slide them in and out. I use them mostly for 4 and 8 string at the same time.
One other good thing about the tennis racquet cases..NO ONE will steal a tennis racquet case out of a car!..Unless you write Kamaka or Martin on it! ;^)
The one I use the most has two pockets on the outside for books,the music stand,or even sopranos.I find them handy also for carrying others (ukes) home to work on. The single, padded vinyl tennis racquet cases will fit inside the larger cases with ukuleles in them also for extra padding when needed..so look around for those for $2-3..Make sure the head areas are wide enough for the geared tuners though on the single ones....some have mesh on one side by the tuners so you can tell what is in it from the outside.
Usually when I drive past a thrift store..I'll do a walk-through...never know what you will find..
The extra side pockets are good for books,music stands,clothes, and all the other junk I need to carry between meets. I don't fly..so I really don't use hard cases other than for storage around here for better vintage ukuleles and for "forms"(and measurements) for building them to fit snug in the cases..like that one does.]]

keep uke'in',

good_uke_boy
09-21-2018, 07:14 AM
Looks like Mono has introduced a new tenor ukulele case. I have and like their M80. Their new one is "improved"? The single shoulder strap can be worn across the body?
https://monocreators.com/products/mono-vertigo-tenor-ukulele-case-black

mkatz
09-21-2018, 08:50 AM
I went to Reverb.com this morning and found a brand spanking new RB Continental Midnight Series tenor case for $69.99 with free shipping! At that price, how could I resist?

It appears they have a few more in stock:

https://reverb.com/item/11692689-reunion-blues-rbtukbk-rb-continental-midnight-tenor-ukulele-case-midnight-series

Mitch

Photodan
09-21-2018, 09:40 AM
I know it has been covered before but would like
to revisit.

I recently traveled with my Kinnard Tenor in an Oahu leather covered fiberglass case. It certainly provided good protection and while I was very comfortable putting it in the overhead, I find a gig bag with backpack straps much more comfortable for travel.

I have a Reunion Blues Continental concert size gig bag which provides great protection but is bulky and much heavier than a hard case and I would imagine the tenor to be even more so. That being the case (pun intended) I ordered a Reunion Blues RBX and will more than likely return it as it does not feel sturdy enough for travel.

The Mono 80 looks like a nice size and weight but no backpack straps which are a must for me.

The Fusion looks as big and bulky as the RB Continental.

Access no longer seem to be making tenor size gig bags.

Does anybody have experience with the Gator Pro-Go Series gig bags? They look decent.

Any other suggestions?

Mitch

I don't know if you can buy this one separately but I just received my Martin T1-K and the gig bag that came with it was really nice - thick with very good zippers and very light. It won't provide tremendous protection but it's one of the nicer gig bags I've seen.

Patrick Madsen
09-21-2018, 06:06 PM
Brian Griffin of Griffin ukes has these made by a fellow in Mexico. Really heavy duty yet very light. I use them when I don't need to use a hard case. http://www.griffinukuleles.com/store/p4/Great_Gig_Bags.html

frianm
09-23-2018, 10:53 AM
I went to Reverb.com this morning and found a brand spanking new RB Continental Midnight Series tenor case for $69.99 with free shipping! At that price, how could I resist?

It appears they have a few more in stock:

https://reverb.com/item/11692689-reunion-blues-rbtukbk-rb-continental-midnight-tenor-ukulele-case-midnight-series

Mitch

Thanks for the heads up - I went to the site and bought the RB Continental - made an offer - and expect the case anon. I have used RB banjo cases to fly to and from Peru and they have traveled really well, both the older version and the newer one. I know that my hard and semi-hard cases perhaps give more protection overall but these bags travel really well and flight attendants seem to regard them in a friendly way. I am looking forward to working with this one and my next long distance trip is late next month.

I note that RB make a more lightweight case - I have no experience of these.

I will update if there are issues, but I do not expect any.

mkatz
09-23-2018, 01:13 PM
Thanks for the heads up - I went to the site and bought the RB Continental - made an offer - and expect the case anon. I have used RB banjo cases to fly to and from Peru and they have traveled really well, both the older version and the newer one. I know that my hard and semi-hard cases perhaps give more protection overall but these bags travel really well and flight attendants seem to regard them in a friendly way. I am looking forward to working with this one and my next long distance trip is late next month.

I note that RB make a more lightweight case - I have no experience of these.

I will update if there are issues, but I do not expect any.

Glad it worked out for you, it really is a great deal. The lighter weight gig bag that they make is the RBX and it does not provide anywhere near the protection of the RB Continental.

Mitch

RafterGirl
09-23-2018, 01:37 PM
My gator 4G bag worked perfectly on my flight to & from the LA Uke festival yesterday. Plenty of room in the pocket for all kinds of stuff. I was even able to fit a folded up t-shirt I got at the festival under the neck of my uke.

bratsche
09-23-2018, 01:44 PM
I went to Reverb.com this morning and found a brand spanking new RB Continental Midnight Series tenor case for $69.99 with free shipping! At that price, how could I resist?

It appears they have a few more in stock:

https://reverb.com/item/11692689-reunion-blues-rbtukbk-rb-continental-midnight-tenor-ukulele-case-midnight-series

Mitch

Tenor and concert RB Continentals have been selling on Amazon for $60 to $70 for quite a while now. I got a concert to use with my Tiny Tenor, and it has a much heavier duty zipper and think it protects it better than the original one (similar to Uke Crazy lightweight case). It was a little too roomy, so I added a layer of 1/2" closed cell foam encased in long stockings for a glove-like fit. I like the RBC although I could do without the backpack straps - I'm more of a single strap person.

bratsche

fretie
09-23-2018, 05:04 PM
I have the Fusion Urban series and love it. It is sleeker then the other Fusion bag, if that is the one you are referring to. But the Urban series is as bulky or more so then a hardcase. At first it was a concern but I have traveled by plane with it a lot and no issues in fitting in the overhead. After real world experience I would not be with out it.

Hey Dave, I have seen the fusion bags (Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel always have them when they come to play in Vancouver) and they do look like top notch uke bags. I wondered where you purchased yours as it doesn’t seem that there is a distributor in Canada.

ukuleleabe
09-24-2018, 03:29 AM
I went to Reverb.com this morning and found a brand spanking new RB Continental Midnight Series tenor case for $69.99 with free shipping! At that price, how could I resist?

It appears they have a few more in stock:

https://reverb.com/item/11692689-reunion-blues-rbtukbk-rb-continental-midnight-tenor-ukulele-case-midnight-series

Mitch

I'd love to hear what you think of it. I had the cheaper Reunion Blues and loved it. Currently I have a Mono 80
(it has a single strap. did you mean a single strap wouldn't work and you'd like double straps?)
and like it.

A backpack hard case I've seen around recently is Crossrock cases. Fiberglass with backpack straps. Seems strong and still easy to manage.

Another uke case I have is a Calton. It's a tank and tricky to travel with, but at least I know the uke is safe.

edhaponik
09-24-2018, 04:32 AM
I'm similar - had the Reunion Blues Continental, and it was great, but just a bit bulky, and really quite large for my tenor.

My Mono M80 feels ALMOST as protective (the RB Continental is basically a case), and way lighter and a better fit. Despite the 1 strap which I wear cross-body, I can bike to work with it with zero concern. Wearing the RB felt kinda like going backpacking for a long weekend lol. I've also flown with the M80 and had no problem with it in the overhead.

I have a MONO bag for my bass, and would totally shell out for the Vertigo uke bag if I had any need for it. (Maybe I should buy a new concert uke so I can have a reason to buy the bag...)

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mkatz
09-25-2018, 04:24 AM
I'm similar - had the Reunion Blues Continental, and it was great, but just a bit bulky, and really quite large for my tenor.

My Mono M80 feels ALMOST as protective (the RB Continental is basically a case), and way lighter and a better fit. Despite the 1 strap which I wear cross-body, I can bike to work with it with zero concern. Wearing the RB felt kinda like going backpacking for a long weekend lol. I've also flown with the M80 and had no problem with it in the overhead.

I have a MONO bag for my bass, and would totally shell out for the Vertigo uke bag if I had any need for it. (Maybe I should buy a new concert uke so I can have a reason to buy the bag...)

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The Mono 80 is definitely not as bulky but I much prefer backpack straps to a single strap and for $69.99, I think the RB Continental is a great value.

Mitch

edhaponik
09-25-2018, 05:10 AM
Totally agree. That's like the most protection/$ that you can find, certainly in what still qualifies as a bag!

frianm
09-26-2018, 06:30 AM
My RB Continental Tenor bag arrived this morning. My first impressions:-
Rugged - material and zippers are amazing.
Lining is well done.
Lots of protection.
Thicker than the semi solid, Uke Crazy type, due to shoulder straps and long pouch on the front - heavier too.
Comfortable to carry - well balanced.
I have a Mele/Braddah tenor in it and the fit is excellent.

All that said, and it is a great traveling case/bag, I am not sure that I shall keep it - so if anyone is interested, please PM me.

besley
09-26-2018, 05:40 PM
My Blackbird Farallon came with a Reunion Blues RBX Tenor Gig Bag, and I would heartily NOT recommend it to anyone. The neck cradle is way too high, and there is no strap to hold the neck onto the cradle, so your uke flops around inside the case. Not sure based on price whether it is supposed to be a step up or down from the Continental, but the Continental looks to be a much better case.

http://reunionblues.com/uploads/products/54e29384c6703.400.jpg

mkatz
10-02-2018, 08:17 AM
My Blackbird Farallon came with a Reunion Blues RBX Tenor Gig Bag, and I would heartily NOT recommend it to anyone. The neck cradle is way too high, and there is no strap to hold the neck onto the cradle, so your uke flops around inside the case. Not sure based on price whether it is supposed to be a step up or down from the Continental, but the Continental looks to be a much better case.

http://reunionblues.com/uploads/products/54e29384c6703.400.jpg

Agree, It was one of the bags I returned and did not think it was worth the $$.

Mitch

mkatz
10-02-2018, 08:35 AM
Over the last couple of weeks I obsessed a bit over which would be the best gig bag for me. I purchased a few and returned all but one.

1. Reunion Blues Continental Series - Probably the most protective and a very good value at the discounted price of $69.99. However, it is very bulky and IMO, too large. Returned.

2. Reunion Blues RBX - A newer, less expensive gig bag that is selling for non-discounted price of $89.95. IMO, it did not offer anywhere near enough protection and was not a good value. Returned.

3. Mono M80 - A nicely made bag and good size. Priced @ $149, I was considering keeping it until I received the Gator. Returned.

4. Gator Pro Go - A nicely made bag and also a good size that IMO, is just about as nice as the Mono 80 and priced @ $79.99. This one I kept.

I hoped this is helpful.

Mitch

Uncle Rod Higuchi
10-02-2018, 09:14 AM
I too have been impressed with the Gator gig bags.
I wanted a low profile concert case and opted for the less expensive Gator bag below the one you got
$30 I believe.

I'm using a double tennis racket bag and wanted to carry both a soprano and a concert but not 2 bulky hard
cases. I also attached a dual-shoulder backpack strap system from a small golf bag.

Anyway, I can now carry both ukes in soft, but substantial gig bags inside the tennis racket bag in a hands-free
set up. I'm now looking for a similar but smaller form factor double tennis racket case, as both the soprano and
the concert cases are swimming in the current bag I'm using. That said, I have room for a music stand and books, even a tablet and other essentials.

Anyway, I like the Gator gig bags, both the $30 and the $80 as they are slimmer but still provide good protection.

Tonya
10-02-2018, 04:25 PM
Okay, I've read all of this and kept debating if I'd even enter the conversation. But, since the discussion is continuing, I'll share: I'm gonna stick with my Fusion Urban for traveling with my Moore Bettah tenors (one at a time--this is not the *double* uke bag).

I definitely prefer the backpack straps rather than shoulder strap because it keeps my hands totally free and looks better on a female ukulele bag wearer for many reasons, most of it being the way a side body strap cuts across the chest. I carried this bag exclusively this summer for lots of schlepping up and down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki between gigs (oooh, experience dropping here :cool:) and it's the one I chose (I sold my Reunion Blues Continental) because it has *big* enough pockets to even hold a 9.4-inch iPad (with all my songsheets), a stabilizer for the neck, oodles of variability in setting up interior padding to accommodate various uke body shapes, a nicely padded and comfy handle in case you don't want to use the straps-- and it's easy to wear. Truly.

Be aware that I am a "real" backpacker (as in, hiking in mountainous areas populated by bear, mountain lion, chipmunks and other dangerous creatures) and my predilection for backpack straps may be ingrained too deep for me to appreciate a shoulder-strap carry bag. Also be aware that regardless of what case I carry when I fly, I *always, always, always* place my ukulele/case in the overhead *across* from my seat so I can watch it more easily during the boarding process (IOW, don't put it directly overhead--you can't see it easily if someone is placing a hefty piece of wheeled luggage in the same overhead bin).

I do wish the Fusion Urban didn't have the lime-green zipper pulls. It clashes with so many of my outfits...

It's pricey--but I kept checking on the Amazon page until I spotted it as available (as an unused return) from the Amazon Warehouse--it was just under $100 USD.

mkatz
10-02-2018, 04:37 PM
Thanks for jumping in Tonya. Of course, the Fusion is the one I didn't try and may have to now! I also prefer the backpack straps but can live with a single strap.

Mitch

DaveY
10-02-2018, 06:07 PM
I had a special moment tonight when I discovered that the Mono M80 actually can be used with backpack straps. I just added a spare strap (from a Cordoba bag), connecting the unused ring at the top of the bag the other other (unused) ring at the bottom (with the other bottom ring for the built-in strap). It looks a little odd, but it's actually very comfortable and effective. 112477

Uncle Rod Higuchi
10-04-2018, 05:56 AM
ta-daaaa!

Franken-uke-bag :)

I'm impressed and glad its working for you! :)

DaveY
10-04-2018, 09:11 AM
I'm pretty sure this is gonna snag me one of them MacArthur Grants next year . . .

mds725
10-04-2018, 01:42 PM
I use a Fusion Urban bag for my Kamaka baritone. It's a little bulky, but I would trade sleekness for protection any day. And it has backpack straps, which I like.

For tenor ukuleles, including high end ukes, I use a Crossrock hardshell case. It's not exactly a gig bag, but it's made out of a sturdy plastic and is a lot lighter than most hard cases. It doesn't come with backpack straps but it has D rings to accommodate backpack straps, and backpack straps are inexpensive. Unfortunately, Crossrock doesn't make baritone hardshell cases.

My only complaints with the Crossrock cases are (1) there's no neck strap to secure the ukulele, but the inside padding prevents my ukes from jiggling inside the case, and (2) there's limited storage and no outside pockets, although I can fit some stuff like strings and a restringing tool and a tuner in the little compartment near the neck, and I cover that compartment with a wiping cloth, and I can fold an ukulele strap and place it under the headstock. It's not ideal, but I prioritize protection and carrying ease over storage. I hoe to figure out how to install a velcro strap at the neck cradle.

Here's the Amazon listing for Crossrock hardshell cases.
https://www.amazon.com/Crossrock-CRA400TUSL-Zippered-Hardshell-Lock-Silver/dp/B00OHLNVAY/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1538695898&sr=8-4&keywords=crossrock+ukulele+case

And here's a listing for padded backpack straps that I clip onto the Crossrock case's D rings.
http://musichouse.com/bobelock-instrument-case-back-pack-strap/

Maiden Uke
10-22-2018, 08:48 AM
Do you know how thick the padding is in the Gator Pro go tenor gigbag? Haven't been able to find that info on line. The other specs are available but not the thickness of the padding

SA Condor
10-22-2018, 12:43 PM
I just found a brand new Mono M80 on Reverb for $70! The seller had bought it and then never used it. I can’t wait to get it, at $70 it was an amazing deal!

Booksniffer
10-26-2018, 05:13 AM
I really love the Crossrock Hybrid cases (400 series I think); they're aluminium (aka aluminum ;)) covered with plastic, close with a zipper but are as sturdy as any hardcase; weight is much lighter than typical hardcases.

I wouldn't recommend standing on them, or running over them with a car, but apart from that they will survive pretty much anything, including being dropped from a considerable height.
And, of course and more importantly, the ukulele inside survives too! ;)

They have attachment points for two straps, so you can carry it backpack-style; they used to come with only one strap included, but lately they've added a second one.

They seem to be one of those rare companies that actually listen to customer feedback and improve things from year to year. I've read a load of their Amazon reviews, and most of the issues mentioned in the older ones (no instructions for lock, no second strap etc) have now been fixed.

I travel by train & long distance bus a lot (I'm in Europe); usually, I use the Crossrock Hybrid for the journey, and also take a gig bag (the slimmer Fusion ones are great) in my suitcase, for use during festivals.

Django57
10-26-2018, 06:05 AM
Hi Booksniffer have got a link to a stockist for Crossrock in UK or Europe please ?

Booksniffer
10-26-2018, 12:17 PM
Hi Booksniffer have got a link to a stockist for Crossrock in UK or Europe please ?

Django, I got one of mine from Amazon (.co.uk or .de, not sure) and the other one from here: https://www.ukulele-shop.de/zubehoer/koffer-und-gigbags/

It might also be worth asking the Southern Ukulele Store about them; they have fiberglass Crossrocks sometimes, and might be able to order other models.

Also check with Crossrock themselves; I've found them very helpful with email enquiries

Django57
10-27-2018, 12:16 AM
Thanks Booksniffer , i did as you recommended, Crossrock sent me this company in Germany https://gute-ukulele.de/search?type=product&q=crossrock i think, so i'm planning to whisper in my wife's ear for a christmas present for me and see what happens.

Booksniffer
10-27-2018, 11:19 AM
Thanks Booksniffer , i did as you recommended, Crossrock sent me this company in Germany https://gute-ukulele.de/search?type=product&q=crossrock i think, so i'm planning to whisper in my wife's ear for a christmas present for me and see what happens.

That is great!
Andreas from Gute-Ukulele is a lovely guy, I'm sure you'll be happy :)