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Thread: Hard cases or padded gig bags, what do you prefer?

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    Default Hard cases or padded gig bags, what do you prefer?

    My friend and I went ukulele shopping the other day and we managed to buy a new uke and then it came down to the question of the bag. The gig bags are cheaper but they never look as pretty and as cool as carrying around a hard case.
    I can see that gig bags are probably more practical as they are lighter and a bit easier to carry but I just don't think anything beats the feeling when you open the locks on a hard case and the gorgeous soft linings on them.
    What do you think?

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    I'm certainly a hard case kind of guy. I don't know why, but when I have a nice instrument that I enjoy playing, I always feel like I'm doing it a disservice by not putting it in a hard case :P

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    Hard cases for me. Protection is most important. Plus, ukes and uke cases are so small compared to guitars (which I am acustomed to) that I don't see the need for a gig bag's light weight and convenience for a uke. I do like a shoulder strap, but that can be installed on hard cases.

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    I like hard cases too. I don't ever really take my ukes anywhere but I AM quite likely to knock something over/off/down on them, so I like having the extra protection.

    Plus hard cases look so slim and chic.
    Last edited by BlueLatitude; 05-14-2013 at 03:37 AM.

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    Hard Cases, here. Gig bags only protect against scratches and very minor dings. Also I can't imagine humidifiers being very effective in a gig bag or softshell.
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    Hard cases. They also store better if you have multiple ukes.
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    Also, hard cases tend to look cool when they start to get battered and worn. Whereas a worn out gig bag, is less chic

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    Hard cases or the hard foam. I need to worry about controlling humidity during the winter months and they work a lot better that the gig bags.

    That and I am a klutz

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    Hard cases for the more expensive guys. Gig bags for the beaters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kirbo View Post
    Hard cases for the more expensive guys. Gig bags for the beaters.
    I have to admit I do feel like a bit of a rockstar when I walk into town with my lovely hard case!

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