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Product Special: Instrument Cases

Mike Lawson • Archives • May 1, 2002

Americase A.T.A. 300 Cases

Americase Inc. designs and manufactures commercial-duty carrying cases for personal travel, air travel or shipping by common carrier. The company’s A.T.A. 300 category cases are constructed of anodized extruded aluminum and other high quality materials that ensure the protection of the case’s contents. These cases are also designed around individual needs and functionality. For instance, sets of cases for a particular instrument can be fitted with a stacking system to increase floor, shelf or truck space. In addition, recessed handles, latches and wheels increase the mobility of the case while decreasing the chances of damage to the hardware. Popular cases include: tuba and sousaphone, large brass instruments, marching horns, multi-instrument cases, audio/video mixing equipment, guitars and keyboards. Visit www.americase.com for more information.

Saga’s Travelite Cello Cases

Following the release of well-padded, ballistic nylon bags for their Cremona cellos, Saga has introduced its new Travelite Cello Cases in sizes 4/4 through 1/4. These high quality, lightweight cases feature high-density lightweight foam construction; heavy-duty, wear-resistant, black ballistic-nylon cover; large, exterior music-folder pocket; metal feet on bottom and sides; six reinforced carrying/pull straps, including well padded backpack straps; plush lining, neck support and two bow holders. The 4/4 case weighs 10.5 pounds and the smaller sizes weigh less. Visit www.sagamusic.com for more information.

The Music Link’s Thermoplastic Cases

The Music Link has introduced new Palatino hard-shell thermoplastic cases, offering solid protection for a variety of band and orchestra instruments. These hard-shell cases are made with the Music Link’s exclusive plastic casing that can withstand up to 200 pounds of pressure without cracking. The interior of these cases is made of high-density polystyrene for excellent protection. The cases are lined with plush, deep-pile, no scratch fabric and they have an aluminum, tongue-in-groove valance and custom-made hardware. These highly durable cases are available for clarinet, flute, alto and tenor sax, trombone, trumpet, violin, viola and cello. Visit www.themusiclink.net for more information.

UniTec ‘Road Tuff’ Sousaphone and Tuba Cases

UniTec Products Corporation has introduced a new line of “Road Tuff” sousaphone and tuba cases, specifically suited for student wear-and-tear. These cases feature a “no hump” design that makes them easily stackable for travel or storage purposes. They have heavy-duty steel corners and braces, full-length piano hinges, recessed butterfly latches and recessed casters. Inside, plush-lined, high impact floating foam protects the instrument from damage. The cases come with a special inner lock construction that makes them virtually indestructible – but just in case, they also come with a lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.unitecproducts.com.

EMMC’s Gig Bags

The Entertainment Music Marketing Corp. has added Gig Bags to its offerings. These backpack-style instrument bags are available in four “eye-popping” color combos for trumpet, saxophone, trombone, clarinet, flute, soprano sax, French horn, tenor sax and violin. These bags also come equipped with carry and drag handles as an alternative to backpack transport. Accessory and book pouches are included for storage of music and instrument equipment. For more information, contact (800) 345-6013.

PRO TEC International’s Xtreme PRO PAC Cases

The new Xtreme PRO PAC cases are designed to be functional, stylish and lightweight. Each case features a soft-molded, form-fitted interior, for a protective and secure fit. The cover is made of waterproof nylon and the exterior pocket expands to allow more storage room for music, mutes, and other necessities. The exterior pocket features a built-in organizer for storing pencils, keys and a wallet. A zippered mesh compartment is located outside of the pocket. Contoured, padded backpack straps can be tucked away into their own pocket when not in use. These cases are available in black, electric blue, red, orange, turquoise and yellow for trumpet and alto saxophone. PRO PAC cases for flute and clarinet come in black, blue, green and red and feature a carrying handle, adjustable shoulder strap and rugged closure clips. The flute case features an exterior pocket that is large enough to accommodate a piccolo. Visit www.ptcases.com for more information.

SKB Custom RotoX Drum Cases

SKB Cases has added the new SKB-CV8 Cymbal Vault to its RotoX Drum Series of cases. In response to consumer requests, SKB now offers 12 additional Custom RotoX Drum Cases. The RotoX Drum Cases, which are rotationally molded of high-density polyethylene, are D-shaped with molded-in feet for upright positioning. The patented deep RotoX rib pattern offers secure stacking capabilities with heavy-duty web straps and a sturdy, high-tension release buckle for reliable transporting. Four-inch locking swivel casters are available for the bass drum case. Sure grip handles lock in a 90-degree stop for easy handling. RotoX Drum Cases come with fabric-lined foam inserts and are backed with SKB’s limited lifetime warranty. Visit www.skbcases.com for more information.

TKL’s Fleetwood and Zero-Gravity Series

TKL’s Fleetwood Series for woodwinds and brass features an oatmeal tweed exterior, multi-ply wooden construction, thick plush lining and a simulated leather handle and binding. TKL’s Zero-Gravity Series for woodwinds and brass features Tough-Core ™ construction, durable 1200D nylon, thick plush lining, luggage-grade zippers, shoulder straps, large accessory pockets, stitched bumpers and Comfort-Grip ™ handle. Visit www.tkl.com for more information.

Product Special appeared on pages 63 – 64 in the May issue of School Band and Orchestra.

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