Charlatan, Humbug & Imitation Humorist
- Mar 1, 2012
Very happy that the Magic Fluke bag I have is pretty much a drawstring denim sack and not something that looks like a rifle case!
Thanks. The ROK straps look pretty sturdy. I have a rack and panniers - I'm fully kitted out for bike commuting - but I tend towards larger ukes (baritones and basses) and I don't want the use hanging out too far behind me. Instead I wear the instruments in a back-packish gig bag, strap my music stand and a folding chair to the rack, and tuck the bass amp and iPad into a pannier.I'm guessing you don't have one of those little back fender Shelves. If you do, then try Rock-straps. They hold much better than bungee cords
A picture would enhance 64 wordsI have a rack and panniers - I'm fully kitted out for bike commuting - but I tend towards larger ukes (baritones and basses) and I don't want the use hanging out too far behind me. Instead I wear the instruments in a back-packish gig bag, strap my music stand and a folding chair to the rack, and tuck the bass amp and iPad into a pannier.
Remember the mobsters in the 1930s with a Tommy gun in a violin case.I worry about the soft case that came with my Magic Fluke tenor... and it has nothing to do with the level of protection it offers my uke...
When I was in LA recently, my sister was looking in my trunk as I was packing up to head home. She saw my Fluke sitting on top of my luggage.
"IS THAT A GUN?!? she exclaimed.
This case was made by a company named TKL, and it does indeed look just like the case you might put an assault rifle into... I'm pretty sure this company does also make gun cases.
I keep it in the trunk when I travel with it... I'm worried if I keep it in my back seat, someone will break into my car. And won't they be disappointed when they unzip the case... and...
My friend has one of those new laminate Martins, and it has the same style of case... so it looks like this might be an emerging trend...
Since there is no humidity issues with "plastic" instruments, that's not a concern.
I'm just worried someone will think I'm bringing an AR-15 to my next gig...
I had the same problem with a Tiger case, which was a sort of vacuum-formed fuzzy plastic inner with a hard fabric shell. Dreadful stink, absolutely eye-watering. It took several weeks, but eventually frequent airings in sunlight, putting bags of baking soda inside and, finally, letting it sit with a Neutradol air freshener in it for a while conquered the reek. A UV sterilising lamp may help, although I’ve heard conflicting reports: I suspect those are better for smells with a bacterial rather than purely chemical origin.Anybody got any suggestions to de-smell it?
True, however the other side of that perspective might be that on another day, at a warmer time of the year, the windbreaker might be just right for delivering the protection sought and a thicker coat would be a nuisance. Here in the UK we don’t see 40 below, the colder weather sees us using slightly thicker coats and an extra jumper or two under them - there is no one answer, just use whatever works for you in the situation that you find yourself in.I find that a gig bag is about as good as wearing a windbreaker on a windy, 40 below zero, February day. Better than nothing if that's all you got.