ProSoundWeb Community

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

Pages: 1 [2]  All   Go Down

Author Topic: Road Ready vs. EWI  (Read 14404 times)

Tim McCulloch

  • SR Forums
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 21627
  • Wichita, Kansas USA
Re: Road Ready vs. EWI
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2011, 09:26:59 am »

I almost completely disagree!  I do agree that the heavier duty cases made with 3/4" plywood should be stronger but I can tell you from experience with the cases that I own that the over weight, 3/4" ply cases that I have are not in a different league.  The corner hardware is similar how ever the extruded edge pieces on the 3/4" heavy duty cases that I have are definately stronger than both the EWI and Road Ready Cases. 

With that all being said, I load my EWI cases into trucks and trailers all the time.  Up ramps, on lift gates, up and down curbs and stairs, etc.  I climb on them and walk on them and generally treat them as a typical road case would be treated in the normal day to day operation of a busy audio company.  They have held up quite well.  In fact much better than you would expect.  The few Anvil cases I have actually look worse for the wear than the EWI cases.  Many of my EWI cases have several hundred events under thier belts and they pretty much look very close to new.

Agreeing with Jason R... We have a couple of EWI racks and they do a good job because our crew is handling them most of the time.  For the 'big boy' stuff that is handled 90% by stagehands, we went with Blackhurst (now StageGear).  It's about 'horses for courses.'

For Adam P... is your purchase to handle gear the store owns and sends out on rental, or is this to replace Road Ready as a retail product?  Off-topic, is Kirby Y still running the operation?  I lived in MEM and worked the show at Tunica's first casino, Splash...  Wow, it's been THAT long!

Have fun, good luck.

Tim Mc
Logged
"Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something."  - Kurt Vonnegut

Greg_Cameron

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 668
    • Cameron Pro Audio
Re: Road Ready vs. EWI
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2011, 10:15:13 am »

   As, someone else posted,  Road Ready and EWI are both what could be called medium duty cases.  If either Company built 3/4 cases, I'm sure they'd be comparable to Anvil or Calzone or Portare' cases.

    If someone should want "ATA" Specs....then, they should buy a case that meets ATA Specs....and expect to pay for ATA specs.

Agreed. It's not just the thinner walls. The metal corners, edging, rivets, handles, and casters are not the same grade as what you find on the expensive cases. I've got old Crest amps in my EWI amp cases, so they weight in the neighborhood of 280lbs. The castors are stressed and the handles feel like they want to rip out doing short lifts. There's no way those would hold up very long doing truck packs where amp racks are often inverted and stacked. The Anvil cases can handle this abuse without flinching for decades. Same with the EWI cable trunks. The walls flex and the castors are stressed. I would never send them on a large tour with non TLC stage crews handling them. They're fine for local use or mild tours with folks who realize their shortcomings and treat them accordingly.

Greg
Logged
"Procrastinators of the world - contemplate uniting!"

Cameron Pro Audio

Rich Grisier

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 195
  • Erie, PA
Re: Road Ready vs. EWI
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2011, 10:57:48 am »

We are looking at racks, truck packs, and stands cases.

I've been using a 14 space RR case for about 5 years now and haven't had any problems.  Total weight of the case is about 150 lbs which I move mostly by myself so it gets dinged around quite a bit.  Would I recommend it for tours? no.  As mentioned, RR & EWI's are medium duty cases.

RR seems to have have more case selections than EWI.  I've emailed Liz a few times asking about cases for moving heads and did not get a response- I have to assume they don't make them.
Logged

Randall Hyde

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 597
Re: Road Ready vs. EWI
« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2011, 11:56:03 am »

I've only got a few of each, but I've had some trouble with the casters on Road-Ready racks and rolling trunks. I haven't had any trouble with EWI gear at all.
+1. Had lots of problems with casters on my Road Ready case.
However, someone pointed out that RR makes a low-end line as well as a higher-end line. That being the case, I suspect the case I've had the most problems with is probably a lower-end case as I've never been impressed with it at all.

I've actually been real happy, lately, with OSP cases (of all brands!). They've gone way up in price in the past couple of years, but they seem to be rock-solid. I know a lot of people dis OSP because they make low-cost clones of many other products (e.g., SM58s), but they're cases seem to be rock solid. I also have a small 30-ft 6-channel XLR snake that seems to be much better built than most of the other snakes I own. However, I've only had it about 8 months at this  point, so I'll reserve judgement until it's a couple years old and has been abused a bit. However, I was really impressed with the build quality (better than some Proco snakes I own).
cheers,
Randy Hyde
Logged

Robert Weston

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 562
  • Power is cheap, reputation is not.
Re: Road Ready vs. EWI
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2011, 01:28:35 pm »

The EWI cases I use (16 sp amp; 2 x 12sp equip; rolling chest) have been excellent.  Much better quality than the Road Ready.  Had the following happen to a few Road Ready cases I used to own... handle pop lose on an effects case; rack mount rails were not centered, compression locking device on a mixer case fell apart in my hand while loading it in a van - what a pile of shit.

There are stage hands that help me setup, however they respect the equipment and do not use it as it was not intended (i.e. step stools, or car jack-stands).  The cases take some abuse but hold up well.

I'll probably never purchase another Road Ready, Road Runner, etc.. case.  The EWI's have been excellent.



Logged

Adam Pace

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 31
    • Yarbrough's Music, Inc.
Re: Road Ready vs. EWI
« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2011, 06:12:15 pm »

If we were looking for heavy duty cases, we would buy heavy duty cases. I am well aware of Anvil, R&R, Calzone, and the rest. I'm throwing together a "smaller than mid-size" ground stack rig to use for some of the small shows we choose to do around the area. Road Ready is pretty prevalent on our sales floor but EWI spec'ed out fairly equal and at a much better price.

For my friends bashing all but the best, know that most everything has its place. I was simply looking for a good alternative to Road Ready.

Thanks everybody for your time and priceless information, after this and a short conversation with Liz, I can safely make an informed decision.
 
To Tim, I asked around, several people seem to remember a Kirby, but he hasn't been here since I arrived.

Thanks again,

Adam

Logged
Adam Pace
Productions Manager

Yarbrough's Music, Inc.
6122 Macon Road
Memphis, TN 38134

Phone: 901-761-0414
Fax: 901-257-7773
Email: apace@yarbroughsmusic.com
Website: http://www.yarbroughsmusic.com/

ProSoundWeb Community

Re: Road Ready vs. EWI
« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2011, 06:12:15 pm »


Pages: 1 [2]  All   Go Up
 



Page created in 0.045 seconds with 22 queries.