Post by Greg Ballantyne on Apr 7, 2017 9:35:22 GMT -5
sleigh ,terryd ,RobertW ,CaliGull ,TonyKgull , I don't use cases as a part of humidity control strategies-I always control the general environment, and not as tightly as some shoot for. So my take on cases comes from a little different perspective. I do like the Tric cases quite well. I have never had one of the fabric covered models, or short opening case lids. Both of mine are the black poly foam exterior. They protect the guitar very well, both from knocks and from environment changes as you transport the instrument, and always fit real close to the guitar. Seagull dreads are the guitars I've got Tric cases for. I find hardshell cases pretty good for both those things as well, but temperature change likely gets through most hardshell cases a little quicker. I don't transport guitars a lot, but I think a good hardshell case will have a longer lifespan - better ability to withstand abrasive action. That isn't based on actual knowledge (I have not "worn out" a Tric case) but what I have seen onf my Tric cases leads me to think this - but cats claws should be kept from any guitar cases...... I don't generally like the gig bag approach, only had one gig bagged guitar that I no longer have. It's the knocks while transporting part that bothers me.
I have to say, of all the gig bags I've ever seen and looked at, the ones Taylor makes are stellar. I had one for a while that I kept my Cole Clark in. It was amazing. The protection was just shy of a hardshell case because the padding is so thick and sturdy.
I sold the Cole Clark in it's original plastic hard shell case with lock and everything. The Taylor gig bag I gave to my brother. He keeps his Seagull Coastline 12 string in it and he still uses it and loves the thing.
They're a bit more than typical padded gig bags (about 120 bucks CDN) but in my humble opinion, well worth it. That is, if you're like me and don't mind that Taylor brand name on it.
The only Tric case I have left is the old one, non-wrapped, just the black foam on the outside. Love that case, My Cort L300v lives in it now. It was originally for a mini jumbo I think, but not sure.
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!
Pura Vida, I ordered that for my Artist Cameo and it was over an inch too big all the way around. I exchanged it for a Silver Creek dreadnought case and it fits perfectly. I think it's just as well made and is 40.00 dollars cheaper.
I like the Superior case I got from Elderly Instruments (I bought one and transport all my guitars in it if they are leaving the house - Parlor size case.) There was a thread on the Mandolin café (with pictures) of a Calton case that had fallen out of the vehicle on the freeway, been run over - tire tracks on the case - and the mandolin inside was fine. If I was playing professionally a lot, I would probably invest in a Calton, although it costs more than any of my instruments.
terryd, very nice. I got the Gator case because it had TSA locks (just in case I have to check my guitar when I travel). If one of my dreads has a little room, I pack it in with some t-shirts or soft cloths. I have a couple of TRIC cases that came with my Artist guitars. They're fine for local travel, but I'm hesitant to take them for air travel.