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When Pelicans are too much: What are you using for car transport to small gig?
Old 1 week ago
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When Pelicans are too much: What are you using for car transport to small gig?

I have three or four differently configured small rigs I bring out, depending, from the same well of gear, so sadly I'm always changing what goes into the rack, cases and misc utility bags/backpacks. Looking to update the things I pack the gear into, as some is ready to bite the dust.

As far as gear transporting goes, if I can't fit it in my Camry and carry them myself into the gig, it's too big to use. I'd love to invest in some small, solid local transport cases, but most of the good stuff is too bulky and adds more weight to the carry than I'd hope. I don't fly these things so I don't need baggage worthy. And I'm the only one handling it, which is good because it doesn't have to survive someone else's handling, but bad because it does need to be carryable by just me. Decent quality medium, but not heavy duty.

I'm looking into repurposing fairly strong and light, molded, suitcase style foam or divider sectioned cases that are not as heavy duty as Pelicans but still suitable for local schlepping. I say repurposing because nearly all of what I'm seeing that's marketed for gear is just too Pelican-like, overkill, as is anything used I find that pops up.

What kind of medium duty, (hopefully sectioned but that can be DIY'ed) cases are you all using for small gigs? Thanks for any direction in this. Much appreciated : )

This kind of economy case would fit the bill. Anyone have any experience with these?

https://carrycasesplus.com/cases-by-...h=14-4.86-5.88

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Old 1 week ago
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It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but the latches and hinge look pretty flimsy.

I am pretty stingy with my cash and always look for bargains. Never regretted buying a Pelican case. Can’t say the same for some of the bargains I bought.
Old 1 week ago
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Harbor Freight(the cheap tool place with the flyers) sells Pelican-style cases for really low prices, and the quality is surprisingly good. I'm not sure what you mean when you say Pelican-like is overkill, but these are nice. I think the brand is Apache. There are also ammo cases and tool boxes/totes/bags that could work. You could probably find even cheaper versions on eBay or Alibaba.
Old 1 week ago
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Smaller pelican cases? The 1510 travels nice. And there's now the Pelican AIR line that is lighter.

Or a backpack. Tupperware can be reasonable solution too.
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The arts and crafts market regular Rubbermaid type totes.
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Smaller pelican cases? The 1510 travels nice. And there's now the Pelican AIR line that is lighter.

Or a backpack. Tupperware can be reasonable solution too.
thats f***in' ballsy, christian.

you couldn't get me to ride one of those, microphones or not
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thats f***in' ballsy, christian.

you couldn't get me to ride one of those, microphones or not
For a moment there, I thought that was a violin case strapped on the back....but I'm guessing it's a stands bag ?

We have a local musician who bicycles to rehearsals and gigs with his Guarneri violin (yes million $) strapped to his back....
Old 1 week ago
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Would this be what you’re after? It’s a plano pistol case with egg crate foam on both sides, holds several mics very well and costs about $10. The picture is of a small case but they make larger sizes.
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For me, it's all about wheels. I do LowePro "carryon" sized roller bags (2), originally designed for cameras, for cables, connectors, bits and bobs... a large Swiss Army backpack for computer(s), recorder(s), headphones, etc, which can be strapped to the LowePro's handle... an OnStage speaker stand bag carries mic stands (3-4 lightweight AKG-branded tripods, and a couple of 11' Manfrotto for mains)... and a Harbor Freight-grade aluminum-clad "attache"-style briefcase for mics du jour.

If I need a mixer, I'll use a 2/4-wheel dolly (Sam's Club, $80) for the mixer case and most of the other stuff. I'd also travel in a van, or pull a trailer (more SR gigs than recording).

HB

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Old 1 week ago
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Depends on your budget, how much weight you're willing to tolerate, the degree of protection you want, and features you find essential.

I have a Pelican 1510 with a handle and rollers. I find it's easier to roll it from a parking lot into a venue than smaller hardside cases that only have a carry handle. By the time I load a case up, it can get to be more than I want to carry very far. The cases themselves have some weight, but they are sealed against moisture and humidity, which can be important, for lenses in particular.

For bigger stuff, I use a RockNRoller cart, but IMO it can eat up a lot of space in a car trunk. Cables typically go in a milk crate. Sometimes I may use a plastic stackable storage crates with lids from a place like Home Depot. If you use crates that are too big, they can get to be too heavy when loaded to lift out of a car trunk.

Rolling fabric luggage bags are also an inexpensive option. Have a couple I use to transport smaller speakers.

I'm constantly amazed at how much motorcyclists entrust to bungee cords. Not me. Ever.
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The cases themselves have some weight, but they are sealed against moisture and humidity, which can be important, for lenses in particular.
This is a double-edged sword: the fact that they are airtight also means they seal in whatever moisture was in the ambient air when you last opened them, so it's a good idea to keep a few silica-gel packets inside and to refresh them in the oven periodically.
Old 6 days ago
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For just small local 2-track gigs, where I'm driving in my car, A normal rolling suitcase works just fine.

Also less conspicuous, which I prefer.
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The cases in your link are pretty poor quality. For me, it's Pelican or it doesn't go... Rack gear is in Anvil style cases (mostly Jan Al), all mics and supporting gear (mounts, etc...) are in Pelican cases- sometimes lots of mics in a small pelican (ie 1040 or similar). Good cases are worth every cent as we all have a moment at some point where we get clumsy. Best not to risk it.

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The cases in your link are pretty poor quality. For me, it's Pelican or it doesn't go... Rack gear is in Anvil style cases (mostly Jan Al), all mics and supporting gear (mounts, etc...) are in Pelican cases- sometimes lots of mics in a small pelican (ie 1040 or similar). Good cases are worth every cent as we all have a moment at some point where we get clumsy. Best not to risk it.

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Strength: weight: bulk/volume ratio is the deciding trade-off factor in many of these purchase decisions
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Strength: weight: bulk/volume ratio is the deciding trade-off factor in many of these purchase decisions
I've been moving to Pelican Air cases. They're a lot lighter and seem to be just as rugged. But for me, especially when it comes to my mics, I go with what is safest for the microphones. Put several mics in a single case and then put those cases in larger pelicans. Add extra bits and pieces as needed- stereo bars, clips, etc... sometimes a couple patch cables and such as well. When I fly, I've been moving to the SKB Flight Racks- a rack in a foam shell. Pretty lightweight and handy to use.

And then I have a good foldable cart. Gives me wheels for everything that is heavy.

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I was about to pick up the Pelican 1150 for my George Newman mics when this thread started. I walked myself over to the Harbor Freight in Brooklyn after work and picked this bad boy up for $11 with a coupon. Seems like a nice piece of kit. Solid latches, good quality build material, foam, hinges, seals.... thanks for the tip!
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I've been moving to Pelican Air cases...... Put several mics in a single case and then put those cases in larger pelicans.
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Pelicans inside Pelicans ! .....what sort of conditions are you working under ?
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I was about to pick up the Pelican 1150 for my George Newman mics when this thread started. I walked myself over to the Harbor Freight in Brooklyn after work and picked this bad boy up for $11 with a coupon. Seems like a nice piece of kit. Solid latches, good quality build material, foam, hinges, seals.... thanks for the tip!
Ticks all the boxes except for "Made in USA". Unfortunately real Pelican cases can't compete with the Chinese on price. The one you purchased looks to be good quality; I guess time will tell. One of my Pelican cases is over 30 years-old and still going strong.
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Pelicans inside Pelicans ! .....what sort of conditions are you working under ?
Not bad. Here’s a recent pack- pelican air 1510 with dividers. Pelican 1040 for 7 or so Schoeps. A 1060 for some active cables. Great way to stay organized and get lots of mics in a small area.
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Old 15 hours ago
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Ticks all the boxes except for "Made in USA". Unfortunately real Pelican cases can't compete with the Chinese on price. The one you purchased looks to be good quality; I guess time will tell. One of my Pelican cases is over 30 years-old and still going strong.
The other great thing about Pelicans is that they have a lifetime warranty. I’ve had 20 year old cases that had been through hell replaced for free.

-Ben
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Not bad. Here’s a recent pack- pelican air 1510 with dividers. Pelican 1040 for 7 or so Schoeps. A 1060 for some active cables. Great way to stay organized and get lots of mics in a small area.
Looks very neat and compact, and easy to see what's in which box. I'd like to find out where Line Audio sources its small poly boxes, as they're pretty light yet tough also...
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