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lovebrain
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Username: lovebrain

Post Number: 2
Registered: 4-2014
Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 5:00 am:   Edit Post

I'm trying to find a gig bag for a Series 2, one thats big enough for the body size-- as well as the point at the bottom of the instrument. I'm assuming that whatever gig bag I find I will have to pad the bottom of it in order to not crack the Point when the bag is placed on the ground. Does anyone know a brand that might work for this size and requirement? I don't need anything luxurious or super high end, just something that is safe and reasonably priced. I have a serious heavy duty flight case but for local transport it seems like a gig bag is on order. Let me know what you think and appreciate your thoughts!
cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1688
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 8:57 am:   Edit Post

Call Alembic for the standard hardshell case. If it's worth playing, it's worth a real case. Gig bags are the worst invention since pantyhose!

Peter
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5715
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 9:42 am:   Edit Post

Peter:

Worst invention since pantyhose? You have obviously never robbed a bank!

hehehehe

As for gig bags, I'm not quite as adamant as Peter, but it's close. I'll use a good padded gig bag (I have a Body Bag hard sided bass bag for my Series I 12 string and a Levy's hemp -what else?- bag for normal size guitars) only if I'm not traveling far, the guitar won't be loaded with other equipment, and the guitar will NEVER be out of my hands. Otherwise, it's in a hardshell case or, if I'm flying, a flight case.

Bill, tgo
rustyg61
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1189
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 9:54 am:   Edit Post

I feel about my Alembic the same way I feel about riding my Harley, I will never ride without a full coverage helmet & I will never carry my Alembic in anything but a hard shell case for short trips & ATA Flight case for long trips. Bell helmets used to have an ad that said something to the effect of "If you have a $50 head then buy a $50 helmet!" I can't imagine carrying a $10-$20,000 instrument in a sleeping bag but that's just me! :-)
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3322
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 10:59 am:   Edit Post

Rusty, I like your analogies , " I can't imagine carrying a $10-$20,000 instrument in a sleeping bag but that's just me! :-)" I Ditto that as well !

I too vote for the hard shell case .
rustyg61
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1190
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 12:20 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Wolf! My new Europa will be shipped in a Jan-Al flight case, so I won't even have a regular hardshell case for it. I want maximum protection for my investment!
jcdlc72
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Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 320
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 1:57 pm:   Edit Post

I do carry my Epic, for short trips or close gigs, on a Mono Case "semi-hard", well-padded gig bag (Have both the single and double bass versions, just in case I need to add a backup or the fretless). Since it has always been either very local stuff, or bigger trips/gigs, it is either the Mono case or the Flight Case. I have never used the hardshell case for it... yet.

Still, the Mono bag is, I think, a nice option. It is sturdy enough, and protects the instrument quite well. It looks maybe not as classy as some leather gig bags there are out there, but I feel the instrument is better protected on it than those. Again, YMMV...
lovebrain
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Username: lovebrain

Post Number: 3
Registered: 4-2014
Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 4:34 pm:   Edit Post

Thank all of you for your informative and oftentimes humorous responses. All vey helpful. To clarify I would never ever ever travel more than a few blocks with an alembic in anything less than my ATA rated rflight case. An approved gig bag is simply for short distances in home territory.
lovebrain
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Username: lovebrain

Post Number: 4
Registered: 4-2014
Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 4:45 pm:   Edit Post

Ibpesq, what exact model do you use for your Series 1? I assume it will fit with a series 2 Also, Anyone know a hard shell that fits the Series 2 with model number?
lembic76450
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Username: lembic76450

Post Number: 377
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 7:21 pm:   Edit Post

Like Juan Carlos I also have a Mono gig bag that I use with my Series I, however, mine is an Omega. I don't think I would put an Point Series in a gig bag. That, is asking for a pointless point... just my opinion...
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3952
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 4:55 am:   Edit Post

Rusty I think you you need to have a word with Mr Clarke. :-)



Jazzyvee
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5717
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 9:16 am:   Edit Post

Perry:

I mistyped above. It is a Body Glove Hybrid bass gig bag. I use it for my long scale 1977 Series I 12 string guitar which is quite long given the extended knobby peghead. I don't believe Body Glove makes these anymore, but you may be able to find one used or old stock. You might also check out Reunion Blues who also makes top notch gig bags.

Bill, tgo
aka Lbpesq
rustyg61
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1192
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 1:14 pm:   Edit Post

Looks like he is riding a Harley clone with an Alembic clone strapped to his back! Actually, the bike is on the kickstand, so I won't yell at him for not wearing a helmet.
rustyg61
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1193
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 1:20 pm:   Edit Post

Looks like he is riding a Harley clone with an Alembic clone strapped to his back! Actually, the bike is on the kickstand, so I won't yell at him for not wearing a helmet.
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 3519
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:51 am:   Edit Post

Isn't that one of his Spellbinder basses? Probably wouldn't hurt too much if it got smashed to pieces in a bike accident.

Graeme
rustyg61
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1196
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 2:05 pm:   Edit Post

True Graeme, but if the bass gets smashed so does his helmetless head! I do find it amusing that he's on a fake Harley with a fake Alembic!
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3327
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 2:18 pm:   Edit Post

Ditto :-)
edwin
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 1735
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 8:38 pm:   Edit Post

I use a Glenn Cronkhite gig bag for my '67 Starfire and am very confident about it getting the bass around town in perfect shape. It's by far and away the best gig bag I've ever seen. I have heard a rumor that he's no longer making custom bags, but it's worth getting in touch with him. I'm sure he could set it up so that the point is protected.

Meanwhile, if anyone needs a flight case for a shorty, I've got one of the best with no bass for itů.
s_wood
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Username: s_wood

Post Number: 385
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 5:08 pm:   Edit Post

I had a custom-made gig bag done by Altieri bags in Denver, Colorado.https://www.altieribags.com. Great people, and I was really,happy with the quality of their work.
edwin
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 1737
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 5:43 pm:   Edit Post

Interesting. I've never heard of them.

Here's a couple of shots of my Cronkhite:

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edwin
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 1738
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 5:43 pm:   Edit Post

Interesting. I've never heard of them.

Here's a couple of shots of my Cronkhite. There is significant padding around the whole instrument (including the sides, where most bags don't have anything but zippers) and the leather itself is quite hefty. The pocket is also big enough to hold a big strap, 5 pin cable, DS-5 and a toolkit.




(Message edited by edwin on April 19, 2014)
rustyg61
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1200
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 11:47 pm:   Edit Post

Steve, my son has an Altieri bag for his French Horn, they do make great bags!

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