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Title: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: Jim Wells on March 30, 2016, 10:30:51 am
I have searched the internet to try and find some soft cases I can use to transport my lights and keep them mounted on the bar. On each 48" bar, I have 4 flat LED lights and cables,etc. The minimum width would be about 49-50" and the height needs to be 16" or so. I hang them in my trailer now but I worry about the constant bumps, etc. Any ideas? Thanks!
Title: Re: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on March 30, 2016, 10:58:07 am
I have searched the internet to try and find some soft cases I can use to transport my lights and keep them mounted on the bar. On each 48" bar, I have 4 flat LED lights and cables,etc. The minimum width would be about 49-50" and the height needs to be 16" or so. I hang them in my trailer now but I worry about the constant bumps, etc. Any ideas? Thanks!

I use 76 key keyboard cases. The soft Musicians gear ones run only $45 - mine were on sale. I cut some thick foam to add protection to the inside walls and they have been fantastic. Just make sure to straighten each fixture before you pack away and the case will stand up for you. The hard cases are heavy and expensive but are another option. I find the soft ones work fine for my purposes.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/musicians-gear-76-key-keyboard-gig-bag?rNtt=76%20keyboard%20case&index=11
Title: Re: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: Jerome Malsack on March 30, 2016, 10:59:17 am
How about the T Stand cases for the legs ?   is this large enough ?
Title: Re: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: Steve Garris on March 30, 2016, 01:49:03 pm
Thanks for that link Debbie, those look great.

When I was looking, this is all I could find:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000I1YYEY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1ZA0LKMGHFMHQ&coliid=I4QHKYTFZP0CN
Title: Re: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: Art Nadelman on March 30, 2016, 02:27:40 pm
I use 76 key keyboard cases. The soft Musicians gear ones run only $45 - mine were on sale. I cut some thick foam to add protection to the inside walls and they have been fantastic. Just make sure to straighten each fixture before you pack away and the case will stand up for you. The hard cases are heavy and expensive but are another option. I find the soft ones work fine for my purposes.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/musicians-gear-76-key-keyboard-gig-bag?rNtt=76%20keyboard%20case&index=11

How are the zippers on this case?  That's what always breaks on my other bags.
Title: Re: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on March 30, 2016, 04:45:16 pm
Thanks for that link Debbie, those look great.

When I was looking, this is all I could find:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000I1YYEY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1ZA0LKMGHFMHQ&coliid=I4QHKYTFZP0CN

You are welcome Steve...Those ones you link to are nice if you have to transport the lights on their backs but if having them upright works, the ones I use are perfect. That is why i mentioned just straightening them up after the show before they go into the case ( tighten up the bolts a little too) and that way, the case will stand up. The price helps a bit too - right???
Title: Re: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on March 30, 2016, 04:49:39 pm
How are the zippers on this case?  That's what always breaks on my other bags.

So far so good- no breaks yet. I am always careful when I use any zips on cases. I have had a couple of On Stage Stands speaker bag zips bust on me but these have been fine. To be honest, if the zips broke on these, I'd attach velcro or just a couple of straps and continue using them They are quite hard wearing too - no  holes or rips yet. I got them about 18 months ago and either both of mine or one has been used almost every weekend.
Title: Re: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on March 30, 2016, 05:01:15 pm
I suggest using a piece of thick foam or cardboard or something to reinforce the bottom and protect the lamps. Fortunately I have a huge roll of dense foam that I have been cutting pieces off for years!!

I also keep pigtail iec and DMX cables attached to the bar so I can just drop the roll of cables from the velcro strap (which you can see in the photo) and wind up my stand to the height I want to get the stand up and out of the way. I then concentrate on wiring in the PA and can go back to connect the lights that are already in position...just another time saving tip....



Title: Re: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: Jim Wells on March 30, 2016, 06:44:42 pm
I suggest using a piece of thick foam or cardboard or something to reinforce the bottom and protect the lamps. Fortunately I have a huge roll of dense foam that I have been cutting pieces off for years!!

I also keep pigtail iec and DMX cables attached to the bar so I can just drop the roll of cables from the velcro strap (which you can see in the photo) and wind up my stand to the height I want to get the stand up and out of the way. I then concentrate on wiring in the PA and can go back to connect the lights that are already in position...just another time saving tip....

Thanks, Deb. Great idea.
Title: Re: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: Jim Wells on March 30, 2016, 08:11:45 pm
Thanks, Deb. Great idea.

This one may be better. A little larger. Again, great idea.

http://www.amazon.com/Road-Runner-RK5117-Keyboard-Bag/dp/B003HZQR7K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459383073&sr=8-1&keywords=rk5117
Title: Re: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on March 30, 2016, 10:02:23 pm
This one may be better. A little larger. Again, great idea.

http://www.amazon.com/Road-Runner-RK5117-Keyboard-Bag/dp/B003HZQR7K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459383073&sr=8-1&keywords=rk5117

Yes - another contender....I looked it this one when I was shopping for mine.  I jumped on a good sale for mine ( I'm thinking I only paid $36) so that was the main deciding factor for me.   Also if you check Musicians Friend  reviews, a couple of folks comment on the handles ripping from the bags and I had read that somewhere else too....However, now I have owned this brand (in house brand - probably made by Gator or someone )... I can certainly vouch for them and would buy again.
Title: Re: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: William Schnake on March 31, 2016, 08:24:56 am
I use 76 key keyboard cases.  I cut some thick foam to add protection to the inside walls and they have been fantastic. Just make sure to straighten each fixture before you pack away and the case will stand up for you.
Debbie, I don't want to overstate this, but that idea is pure genius.  I have been looking for a solution like this for our small system lights and this is a great one.  Thanks for the post.

Bill
Title: Re: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: Jim Wells on March 31, 2016, 08:39:35 am
Debbie, I don't want to overstate this, but that idea is pure genius.  I have been looking for a solution like this for our small system lights and this is a great one.  Thanks for the post.

Bill

It really is. I just ordered 2 of the road runner cases last night, only because they're slightly larger. I love this place!
Title: Re: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on March 31, 2016, 09:29:53 am
Debbie, I don't want to overstate this, but that idea is pure genius.  I have been looking for a solution like this for our small system lights and this is a great one.  Thanks for the post.

Bill

Thanks Bill... It's good to know I gave back a little something after all the wonderful advice and help I have received here.
I used to own some Chauvet slim pars and wanted to keep them connected on the light bar at all times for quickness so I used an old bass guitar case as they were thinner. I stole an old bass case of hubby's and ripped out the form inside and lined it with foam. When I purchased the Blizzards, however, they no longer fit inside a bass case so I scratched my head a bit - wanting to use a similar method of transport at low cost and came up with a keyboard case.
 
Title: Re: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on March 31, 2016, 09:34:41 am
It really is. I just ordered 2 of the road runner cases last night, only because they're slightly larger. I love this place!


Good news Jim - I'm pleased you liked the idea!. I hope the Road Runners work out well... I don't suppose there is much difference between the two brands in all honesty so if these give you a bit more room- good for you. Let us know how It works out.
Title: Re: Soft cases For stage lights...
Post by: Steve Garris on March 31, 2016, 12:53:55 pm
Debbie, I don't want to overstate this, but that idea is pure genius.  I have been looking for a solution like this for our small system lights and this is a great one.  Thanks for the post.

Bill

Agreed! I hadn't thought about keyboard cases when I was looking. The $100 unit I found was a little too much. I'm going to measure my light bars today and consider getting these keyboard cases.