flying with a bass trombone/Cases

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flying with a bass trombone/Cases

Post by isaac » Sat May 19, 2018 7:55 pm

I'm looking for a new case for my bass trombone. I'm looking for something that can fit in overhead compartments but if need be, survive gate checking. Any recommendations other then protec? Can Marcus Bonna cases be gate checked?
I'm also looking for a case for a close wrap conn 88h.
Unfortunately i'm going to be flying with them to much for comfort.
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Post by Matt K » Sat May 19, 2018 8:07 pm

I'd go Eastman for both personally. The bass case will have to be gate checked more frequently than the tenor, but the tenor is about as compact as you can make an aftermarket case for a generic tenor trombone. It will often fit overhead. If you're lucky, the bass may fit overhead. I've checked Eastmans in the past without any damage. Another great option for tenor is the SKB462. It's an actual flight case and is ridiculously protective. It's bulky though, and will usually have to be checked.
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Post by Burgerbob » Sat May 19, 2018 8:15 pm

The bass Eastman will be too big for some overheads, since it can fit a 10.5in bell. The Bonna is the best bet here and is more durable than an Eastman.
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Post by isaac » Sat May 19, 2018 8:29 pm

Thanks for the info. The eastmans would definitely do better checked however part of why i'm looking at Bonna is the 11 inch outer diameter. The eastman is 14 which won't fit, My protec ipac has not fit in the past and is the same size around the bell as the eastman.
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Post by isaac » Sat May 19, 2018 8:30 pm

Burgerbob wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 8:15 pm
The bass Eastman will be too big for some overheads, since it can fit a 10.5in bell. The Bonna is the best bet here and is more durable than an Eastman.
yes It would be great if more cases where made for only 9.5 inch bells
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Post by Burgerbob » Sat May 19, 2018 8:41 pm

Bonna is there for you! :)
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Post by isaac » Sun May 20, 2018 6:24 am

burgerbob would you recommend the superlight tenor case?
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Post by Burgerbob » Sun May 20, 2018 11:09 am

For tenor, yes! I love mine, it's tiny and light.
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Post by LeTromboniste » Sun May 20, 2018 7:21 pm

Bonna bass should fit in medium and long haul overheads, most probably won't on many regional jets and turboprops, but is probably strong enough to survive gate check on those.
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Post by GabeLangfur » Tue May 22, 2018 3:49 pm

Bonna, period.

The Eastman is too big, and it actually will not do better gate checked, because there's too much room and possibility for the parts to move around within the case. The velcro straps in the Bonna case can prevent the bell and slide section from moving around and possibly bouncing against the walls of the case, which is actually how most damage occurs when trombones are thrown around by baggage handlers or move around in a baggage compartment.

I have not yet had to gate check my Bonna case. It has always either fit in the overhead compartments or been put in closets by the crew.
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Post by Schlitz » Sun May 27, 2018 1:52 am

Sure, you’re screwed flying an older 737, or a regional jet with an Eastman. But flying on the larger, newer ones, there’s no problems. The key is getting to the gate early, and being nice. To keep the horn from moving around in the case, try rolling some old T-shirt’s and taping them. Do a screwbell conversion and cut the foam to fit, on a Pelican rifle case. The TSA people will crap in their pants......
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Post by LeTromboniste » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:04 am

Speaking of cut bells, Bonna makes a case for cut-bell trombones. It has about the shape and size of a large viola case. Perfect for flying. Of course the rest of the time you can confused for a viola player, so I'm not sure if it's a good trade-off...
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Re: flying with a bass trombone/Cases

Post by Matt K » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:11 am

I just checked their site today and it looks like they have a model that's similar to the old Cronkhite flight cases, where the slide splits from the bell but they're both otherwise hard. That is a compelling design and might convince me to try MB cases again.
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