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Phoenix864
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2021 9:30 am    Post subject: Case for Large Bell/Bottom Caps Reply with quote

I recently received a new horn with a 5.4 inch large taper bell and 3/4 inch bottom caps. The builder of the horn recommends the ProTec Contoured case for all their horns, but after testing the horn in the case it doesn't seem to sit well. The bell seems to be a very tight fit, both horizontally and vertically, and the contact between the bottom caps and the case presses the horn up at an awkward angle. It almost feels like I'm bending the bell when putting the horn in the case.

I also tried fitting the horn in a Marcus Bonna Double, but the more elliptical shape of the tuning slide/bell crook makes the horn a bit too long for the case. Is there a case out there that would be a good fit for a larger horn? The combination of the large bell, long bottom caps, and longer profile seems to be a challenge to handle.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2021 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Torpedo Bag Classic fits big bell horns quite nicely
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another option would be a Pelican-style case and pluck the foam to fit as you wish. There is also this company, which will custom cut foam. They offer an online design program that lets you trace a photograph:

https://mycasebuilder.com

I have used them before and have been happy with their service. Maybe a bit more pricey than a regular case, but sounds like you have a horn that may be worth the extra protection.

HTH

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2021 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

The reunion blues triple gig bag could be a decent option for such trumpet, it has a velcro that allows for certain movement of the interior padding. Also it could fit a small flugel. A Taylor Chicago with a 5.2 inches bell seems to fit quite nice but in no way with two other trumpets, maybe with another trumpet or with some mutes or other small gear.

Another option if you are not on a tight budget would be the Glenn Cronkhite double tumpet/flughel combo.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2021 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A little discrepancy, here. Are you talking about a gig bag or a hard case?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the recommendations. A shop near me sometimes has Torpedo cases in stock, I'll take the horn with me and check out the fit (it's going to be fun getting the horn around without a proper case). The Pelican-style case looks quite nice, though the lead time might be an issue - I'm hoping to figure out something quick before I accidentally damage the horn due to having no good way to store it.

I'm strictly looking at hard cases - my horns can get tossed around a bit when in the case, and I want the extra peace of mind provided by a hard case.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe a call to Trent Austin might be a good idea; he has had some unusually-configured horns and probably has some valuable insight...

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phoenix864 wrote:
Thanks for the recommendations. A shop near me sometimes has Torpedo cases in stock, I'll take the horn with me and check out the fit (it's going to be fun getting the horn around without a proper case). The Pelican-style case looks quite nice, though the lead time might be an issue - I'm hoping to figure out something quick before I accidentally damage the horn due to having no good way to store it.

I'm strictly looking at hard cases - my horns can get tossed around a bit when in the case, and I want the extra peace of mind provided by a hard case.


Based on your last comment, I would say Torpedo Peacemaker, Loredo or Classic. All hard shell, all VERY protective, and I would bet your horn will fit properly. Not positive about the 3/4” caps, but I THINK I had (HAD, as in past tense) some 3/4” caps on a horn and it fit in a Torpedo.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately, the shop that typically has Torpedo cases is out. Looking online, it seems that Torpedo cases are pretty commonly out of stock across the board. Bummer - I do like the idea/design of the case. I'm also a bit afraid of ordering blindly online in the event that I do have fitment issues with the case.

I also gave ACB a ring - they recommended a Gard double case, which could be adjusted to an XL single horn case with a storage compartment. I'm still a but wary of ordering online, but getting the recommendation from ACB does give me some additional confidence.

With their sale going on, I can get the case for $135, not a bad price at all. However, it is a soft case, something I'm not completely sold on. From online info, it seems like the Gard is reasonably protective, though I would appreciate any comparisons with how it might stack up to a ProTec Contoured or Torpedo case.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phoenix864 wrote:
Unfortunately, the shop that typically has Torpedo cases is out. Looking online, it seems that Torpedo cases are pretty commonly out of stock across the board. Bummer - I do like the idea/design of the case. I'm also a bit afraid of ordering blindly online in the event that I do have fitment issues with the case.

I also gave ACB a ring - they recommended a Gard double case, which could be adjusted to an XL single horn case with a storage compartment. I'm still a but wary of ordering online, but getting the recommendation from ACB does give me some additional confidence.

With their sale going on, I can get the case for $135, not a bad price at all. However, it is a soft case, something I'm not completely sold on. From online info, it seems like the Gard is reasonably protective, though I would appreciate any comparisons with how it might stack up to a ProTec Contoured or Torpedo case.


Look on Amazon for Torpedo. I was told by someone who would definitely know that Amazon is a “work around” to get a Torpedo without the wait, the Peacemaker, which is hard shell, is available now on Amazon.

Torpedo Bags PEACEMAKER Trumpet Case (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q46LZV5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_Y8V3GKJTMA7Z8RNAWZ1T

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