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(Brian) Frost

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lets talk mic cases
« on: March 15, 2010, 03:25:34 am »

I have always used the skb mic pod's.  Any reason to look at a different mic case?  I find the hinge on teh inside divider for the top compartment always eventually breaks  but they generally get the job done.  What do you like and why.
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Re: lets talk mic cases
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2010, 07:51:26 am »

Hey Brian,

I have been thru a 6 mic SKB and a 12 mic with "compartments" and I just outgrew them.

Now I bought a EWI 25 mic case and I was able to lable all the spots and have a home for all my mics and the d-boxes and clips in the 2 matching compartments to the right of mics.

The SKB served me well and it is a great case - just too small for me now.

I put it out on PSW and it was sold in 5 minutes so that tells me they are still in demand as they should be.

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Re: lets talk mic cases
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2010, 08:54:12 am »

Hey Brian,

A while ago I bought three 2 space locking rack drawers which I lined with slotted foam sheet.  I made drawer dividers out of fiberboard which were also foam covered that slide into the slotted foam.

Two of the drawers have compartment across the front that hold mic clips and accessories.  The rest of the drawer is divided into 5 or 6 slots.  The third drawer is just foam lined without dividers.  The three drawers are contained in a 6 space rack.

After a bit of fiddeling to get the right compartment sizes I have a neat and efficient system to store all 22 mics, two DIs, polarity tester, EWI cable checker and batteries.

I keep all my gear in smaller cases since I have to setup by myself and find them more manageable.  Usually I stack the cases on stage, Power Distro, Main Amps, Monitor Amps then Mics.  This gives me quick access to everything I need and looks professional since all the cases are identical.

If I can dig up a picture I'll post one.

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Re: lets talk mic cases
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2010, 10:31:22 am »

I've got a Gator G-Tour M15 flight case. Holds 15 mics and a equal sized compartment next to it. Pretty hefty price tag though ($180), not sure I would buy another one, but it has served well and I'll probably have it for a good long while. I got this before I knew about EWI
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Re: lets talk mic cases
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2010, 11:02:16 am »

I have a Gator M15 as well, I think it's a much better case than any of the similar sized plastic ones.  It's a better case than the EWI 24 mic case I have, although that case has served me well for a few years and is still doing good.

The material of the EWI case is very thin, but it's a decent case for the money.  I've had mine fall 3 feet to the floor while full of mics, and you can barely tell.  

The Gator M15 isn't priced too bad if you go through the right place (NSL).  The EWI case is a bargain any way you look at it.

You can also get a 25 mic foam insert for a 6 space rack drawer, if you want to go that route.
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2010, 11:39:54 am »

I own an EWI M024 mice case.  It is about 3 years old and it's been serving me very well as a weekend warrior (no Student Labor type help).

If you are touring; I would look at Katz Audio's mic case.  He builds it in the same footprint of a 8-10space amp rack.  The tops has a lift off lid and 2 drawers below.
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Re: lets talk mic cases
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2010, 12:36:29 pm »

a big problem I'm running into with off-the-shelf cases is that none will hold my mics well...My e906s & audix d-series won't fit into regular holes without either flopping around or just not fitting well period. Any suggestions?
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Re: lets talk mic cases
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2010, 12:54:15 pm »

I use e609's and D series mics as well, and I have no problem fitting them into the EWI case.  The D2's and D4's were a tight fit, but once I wedged them in they expanded the foam slightly, and now it works great.

Except for big mics like a D6 or B52, I just keep those in pouches in the side compartment or in a workbox drawer.

E609's and D6's fit well in my Gator M15, but the holes are much too big for D2's and D4's.  If I was going to use that case for those mics, I'd probably just put a piece of foam in the bottom to keep the mics up higher.

I attached a couple photo's for comparison.  I have more mics than will fit in both of these cases, but this will give you a good idea of how I use them.index.php/fa/28732/0/
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Re: lets talk mic cases
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2010, 01:19:27 pm »

I use pelican cases and keep the mics in zipper bags or crown royal sacks. By the time you get them all in there they don't bounce around too much. My di's go in there as well.
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Re: lets talk mic cases
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2010, 01:29:29 pm »

Tim Weaver wrote on Mon, 15 March 2010 13:19

I use pelican cases and keep the mics in zipper bags or crown royal sacks. By the time you get them all in there they don't bounce around too much. My di's go in there as well.


+1

I used to use an EWI mic case, but it was a little bulky, and didn't like touring. So, for tour everything goes in my 1015 Pelican.

For home use, I have an EWI work box, and the top draw holds all the mics & DI's, in their bags.


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Re: lets talk mic cases
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2010, 02:52:17 pm »

Thanks! Thats good to know. I had talked to Liz at Audiopile awhile back about a mic case. We decided that my d-series wouldn't fit according to the published dimensions. Now that I know they'll fit, I'll be ordering one from them soon. I've done the zippered bags in a briefcase style case for way too long now.
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Re: lets talk mic cases
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2010, 05:21:56 pm »

Tim Weaver wrote on Mon, 15 March 2010 10:19

I use pelican cases and keep the mics in zipper bags or crown royal sacks. By the time you get them all in there they don't bounce around too much. My di's go in there as well.


Yep, me too, especially now that I get to shlep the mics through the airport.

The bonus is that the Pelican w/mics in bags holds more mics than my old mic box.

I suppose I'd have a more-traditional box (like the kits with drawers) if I was a system provider.

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Re: lets talk mic cases
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2010, 08:19:17 pm »

Evan Kirkendall wrote on Mon, 15 March 2010 12:29

Tim Weaver wrote on Mon, 15 March 2010 13:19

I use pelican cases and keep the mics in zipper bags or crown royal sacks. By the time you get them all in there they don't bounce around too much. My di's go in there as well.


+1

I used to use an EWI mic case, but it was a little bulky, and didn't like touring. So, for tour everything goes in my 1015 Pelican.

For home use, I have an EWI work box, and the top draw holds all the mics & DI's, in their bags.


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I'm with Evan. At home we have a Drawer case (EWI works or whatever case company you prefer) with foam inserts in 3 drawers and DI's in the 4th. On tour I roll with the pelican. Takes anything you throw at it and you can carry onto a plane.
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Re: lets talk mic cases
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2010, 09:32:39 pm »

Daniel Nickleski wrote on Mon, 15 March 2010 20:19

Evan Kirkendall wrote on Mon, 15 March 2010 12:29

Tim Weaver wrote on Mon, 15 March 2010 13:19

I use pelican cases and keep the mics in zipper bags or crown royal sacks. By the time you get them all in there they don't bounce around too much. My di's go in there as well.


+1

I used to use an EWI mic case, but it was a little bulky, and didn't like touring. So, for tour everything goes in my 1015 Pelican.

For home use, I have an EWI work box, and the top draw holds all the mics & DI's, in their bags.


Evan



I'm with Evan. At home we have a Drawer case (EWI works or whatever case company you prefer) with foam inserts in 3 drawers and DI's in the 4th. On tour I roll with the pelican. Takes anything you throw at it and you can carry onto a plane.



+3, For festivals, my 4 drawer workbox goes out, it contains my full mic kit. For smaller gigs, the necessary mics get pulled from the big case, put in their bags, and tossed in a foam lined Pelican 1510. I used the EWI M024 for several years with good results, albeit a little awkward to carry.
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Re: lets talk mic cases
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2010, 09:41:44 pm »

The band I toured with uses the EWI mic case.  It's been around the country several times, tossed by band members and local loaders, and has only minor scuffs (last time I saw it).  For fly in gigs and international tours we scaled back the mic inventory and fit it all in a Pelican style case.  I carried that all over Australia, Japan, and the UK and the mics, IEMs, and other accessories were just fine.
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Re: lets talk mic cases
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2010, 08:47:27 am »

I went the other direction because I have not had to deal with any fly dates. I got the larger EWI mic box with the wheels. It is large enough that I can carry a set of cables as well. For a walkup show I just have to grab the mic cases and a bag of stands and I have my whole stage setup.


For what it is worth I have not seen any evidence of the mics moving around in the box.

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