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Mike Monte

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Light tree case??
« on: December 10, 2022, 07:31:11 AM »

I have made the jump from par38 cans to LED lights...

The above being said, I now need to transport them to/from gigs without dinging-them-up.

I have bags that I have used for years with my par cans but would like to get something a bit more sturdy as the LED mounting brackets are not as robust as par can brackets.
Specifically: I want to leave the lights permanently attached to the crossbar.  Once a gig has ended, remove the crossbar fro the top of the light stand and place the bar (with lights attached) in a case.
I have four lights attached to each crossbar.)

I am not looking for road-worthy cases as I only do local stuff.....  Maybe something SKB'ish or similar.
I've done some searching online and have come up short...

Any recommendations.

 
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Re: Light tree case??
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2022, 08:03:11 AM »

Hi Mike,

I think youll find that most weekend warriors here opt for the soft padded keyboard cases for what you describe.  Of course you can buy a rigid keyboard case if you want a bit more protection instead. 

SKB also makes plastic ATA cases for golf clubs that will work if your light trees need more space than what a keyboard case permits.  Hope this helps!
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2022, 10:18:34 AM »

Yep - as Jeff says, a keyboard case is what you need. I've been using them for years and encouraged others to do so with success.
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Re: Light tree case??
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2022, 01:47:37 PM »

I have made the jump from par38 cans to LED lights...
Specifically: I want to leave the lights permanently attached to the crossbar.  Once a gig has ended, remove the crossbar fro the top of the light stand and place the bar (with lights attached) in a case.
I have four lights attached to each crossbar.)
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Any recommendations.
I have always found the light bar to be large and inefficient for packing. I ended up configuring the light bar in a square configuration, two over two, so now it's half the length and capable of being packed with other, similarly sized items. The lights stay on the bar in the case. Blizzard wicycle stays on the lights (these are Blizzard RokBox, so the wicycle is powered directly from the fixture). All you do is put them on a pole (or stand), plug them into power and aim them. Super fast.

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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2022, 02:47:51 PM »

I have always found the light bar to be large and inefficient for packing. I ended up configuring the light bar in a square configuration, two over two, so now it's half the length and capable of being packed with other, similarly sized items. The lights stay on the bar in the case. Blizzard wicycle stays on the lights (these are Blizzard RokBox, so the wicycle is powered directly from the fixture). All you do is put them on a pole (or stand), plug them into power and aim them. Super fast.
I like this and it makes sense for packing .... However, I find the length of a T bar helps to get the light where I want it. When used as front lighting it is impossible to place the stands in front of the stage. So, I get the tripod as far out front as I can keeping to the sides of course and using a 48" ish length allows for an adjacent placement twisting the lights toward the band with farthest light to the front and perhaps the one next to it  in front of the band - I find there are less shadows on the faces that way.
I use my pars (usually) for front lighting and my effects and spots on my truss at the back.
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Re: Light tree case??
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2022, 04:26:57 PM »

I have made the jump from par38 cans to LED lights...

The above being said, I now need to transport them to/from gigs without dinging-them-up.

I have bags that I have used for years with my par cans but would like to get something a bit more sturdy as the LED mounting brackets are not as robust as par can brackets.
Specifically: I want to leave the lights permanently attached to the crossbar.  Once a gig has ended, remove the crossbar fro the top of the light stand and place the bar (with lights attached) in a case.
I have four lights attached to each crossbar.)

I am not looking for road-worthy cases as I only do local stuff.....  Maybe something SKB'ish or similar.
I've done some searching online and have come up short...

Any recommendations.

I got two assemble-yourself wood road cases for just this purpose.  Odessey tree tops with 4 led pars hanging, power strip, and wireless receivers connected.  I put in "bulkheads" so the bar is supported and the bar just drops into those supports.  With cover on the case the bar cant move.  I move with a hand truck /cart but could install casters now that i move things in a trailer vs pickup truck.

--Kevin
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Re: Light tree case??
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2023, 06:55:02 AM »

I have made the jump from par38 cans to LED lights...

The above being said, I now need to transport them to/from gigs without dinging-them-up.

I have bags that I have used for years with my par cans but would like to get something a bit more sturdy as the LED mounting brackets are not as robust as par can brackets.
Specifically: I want to leave the lights permanently attached to the crossbar.  Once a gig has ended, remove the crossbar fro the top of the light stand and place the bar (with lights attached) in a case.
I have four lights attached to each crossbar.)
I am not looking for road-worthy cases as I only do local stuff.....  Maybe something SKB'ish or similar.
I've done some searching online and have come up short...

Any recommendations.
After much re-searching (& deciding what I wanted) & then searching, I found a used Gator GTSA-Key88 TSA case for $200 on my local Marketplace.
Both trees fit in there nicely.
I am in the process of cobbling together foam blocks to cut and glue in there to secure the lights so that the frames won't bend when the case is inverted/moved.
It will probably look a little "franken-case" with a combo of black/gray/white foam when I'm done with it but I don't plan to enter it in a beauty contest - lol.

I could purchase sections of real foam to customize the case but why go through the added expense.....plus it's best to recycle when possible.

Thanks for all of the suggestions.
« Last Edit: January 20, 2023, 07:02:21 AM by Mike Monte »
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