“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.” You said it, John, you said it. True musicians can’t ignore the urge to share their precious creations with their closest friends, their family members, and everyone else who respects their work. This strong desire is precisely what got you out of your garage or home studio and into the pub where you had your very first gig, right? You see, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to interview several experienced artists during this year’s Byron Bay Bluesfest and gather many useful pieces of information about your beloved profession, so I do know what I’m talking about. This experience helped me understand you better and learn what truly matters to you – your music, your faithful fans (no matter their number), and, last but not least, your music gear.
Yes, I know that when you are preparing for one of your live performances, rehearsing is not the only thing you are preoccupied with. The transportation of your instruments and music equipment worries you as well, especially if you can’t afford to hire a professional instrument moving company. Well, my dear passionate musicians, that’s precisely why the ones who have been doing this for quite some time dare say that serious and devoted musicians will never regret spending a large sum of money on carefully chosen and high-quality cases for their instruments and music gear. After all, storing and keeping them in such items until the time they are needed is the easiest and perhaps the most convenient way of protecting them and keeping them clean.
If you haven’t purchased a single instrument or rack effects case yet or if you simply want to avoid repeating your past shopping mistakes, then you need to remember that a case should be both spacious and durable to be a smart investment. Sure, a case with a tasteful design attracts people’s attention, but if its dimensions are not suitable for your instrument, then what’s the point of buying it?
The material a case is made of is another important feature you should pay attention to. I believe that a fiberglass instrument case and a laminated rack effects case for IT servers and other music equipment are the two types of cases almost every artist needs, for they are hard enough to endure the scariest of accidents. However, you should have in mind that these cases are rather bulky and difficult to carry around, especially when they don’t come with wheels. But no worries, there are plenty of manufacturers that offer their clients the great option to purchase custom-made instrument and music gear cases, which means that you can specify all of the case’s crucial features before they start assembling it.
All of this may seem like an unnecessary trouble to some of you, but trust me when I say this: a decade from now, when you will still be enjoying playing your instruments, you will be glad you put yourself through it.