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Posted 02 November 2011 - 12:04 PM

Hey everyone!

Iv just come into an amount of bread and was going to treat myself. No Im not buying anyones bass on here before you all start! :)
As something to remember my Dad by I was going to get a top end gig bag to use with my StringRay he got me 10 years ago. Iv narrowed down my choice to either the Fusion F1;
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Or the Mono M80;
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What are everyones thoughts? I don't carry much in the way of pedals, in fact I only have the TU2 so pedal space isn't essential.

Thank you!!




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Posted 02 November 2011 - 12:05 PM

I want a Mono but my bass is slightly too big for one.

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 12:11 PM

The mono looks far better, though I have no experience of either.

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 12:13 PM

Ever considered the Protec Contego? Not tried one personally but they seem to get a lot of rave reviews on here and Talkbass.

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 12:14 PM

I`m not keen on gig-bags, as although they offer some protection, not as much as a quality hard case, so my advice would be go down the hard case route.
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Posted 02 November 2011 - 12:16 PM

Protec Contego. Rigid sides, front and back, plenty of padding, good storage space and decent handles and shoulder straps. I like mine a lot too :).
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Posted 02 November 2011 - 12:19 PM

AAAaaarr dont throw another one in the mix! The M80 looks like a better design with the gap for the end pin, but then the F1 is reinforced and to me looks slightly better. I really don't know! The Protec is only water resistant where as the F1 and M80 are waterproof, and they aren't that much more. I'd ask my girlfriend but she won't look at them as they dont have flowers on them. :)



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Posted 02 November 2011 - 12:21 PM

Lozz, I have a hardcase but its so damn big, and I only drive a Micra. I used it when I worked on a ferry for obvious reasons, but for everyday use its a bit bulky. Thank you for your thoughts though



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Posted 02 November 2011 - 12:43 PM

Just ordered the Mono M80, I should get it tomorrow and will report back!

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 12:53 PM

I like the F1.. The mono just looks cool. I think the F1 will be stronger.. that said I've tried neither, just my op
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Posted 02 November 2011 - 01:08 PM

View PostLozz196, on 02 November 2011 - 12:14 PM, said:

I`m not keen on gig-bags, as although they offer some protection, not as much as a quality hard case, so my advice would be go down the hard case route.

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 01:18 PM

I think you'll be well pleased with the Mono - I've got the double.

The only gigbag I've found to be better is a Levy's one which comes with Dingwalls...and apparently you can't buy.

I feel hard cases are only necessary if you are using a band van - my basses lay on the back seat as I've got a relatively small car too (Ibiza).

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 01:20 PM

View PostJamesemt, on 02 November 2011 - 01:18 PM, said:

I think you'll be well pleased with the Mono - I've got the double.

The only gigbag I've found to be better is a Levy's one which comes with Dingwalls...and apparently you can't buy.

I feel hard cases are only necessary if you are using a band van - my basses lay on the back seat as I've got a relatively small car too (Ibiza).
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Posted 02 November 2011 - 01:27 PM

I think I'm going to have to cut bits off my bass so I can get a mono.

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 01:43 PM

I've got one of these beauties with which I take a Precision and Jazz along to rehearsals. Brilliant quality.

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 02:17 PM

View Postpietruszka, on 02 November 2011 - 12:21 PM, said:

Lozz, I have a hardcase but its so damn big, and I only drive a Micra. I used it when I worked on a ferry for obvious reasons, but for everyday use its a bit bulky. Thank you for your thoughts though



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Ah, now that makes sense then. Use the hardcase for gigs/back of van times, and the gig-bag for rehearsals, see the logic.
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Posted 02 November 2011 - 02:36 PM

If your gear is insured, then check the insurance - most only cover for damage/theft while in a vehicle if the instrument is in a hard case.
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Posted 02 November 2011 - 10:29 PM

View PostLozz196, on 02 November 2011 - 02:17 PM, said:


Ah, now that makes sense then. Use the hardcase for gigs/back of van times, and the gig-bag for rehearsals, see the logic.

I haven't used a hardcase for years-it's a gig bag all the way.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:31 AM

I got an iGig bag recently (as recommended to me in a similar thread some time ago by Doddy - many thanks :)), by far the best bass gig bag I've ever had. Very well padded out, good construction & a lot of storage space.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:44 PM

View Postlouisthebass, on 03 November 2011 - 09:31 AM, said:

I got an iGig bag recently (as recommended to me in a similar thread some time ago by Doddy - many thanks :)), by far the best bass gig bag I've ever had. Very well padded out, good construction & a lot of storage space.

This. I have the bag that takes two basses and it's a great piece of kit. Not exactly cheap, though.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:07 PM

I started with two gator cases and am now on gig bags.
The Gators wouldn`t lie across the car,and kept banging into things and were a pain to store when not in use.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:57 PM

+ 1 for the Contego - a great gigbag.

View Postyorick, on 02 November 2011 - 12:16 PM, said:

Protec Contego. Rigid sides, front and back, plenty of padding, good storage space and decent handles and shoulder straps. I like mine a lot too :).

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 01:08 PM

I got my M80, absolutely brilliant! Very well built and have every confidence in it protecting my pride and joy. its a good job its waterproof as it chucked it down for the first night I used it!

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 02:05 PM

I just got Protec Contego and I can highly recommend this gig bag! Very good protection and it feels rock solid in every way.

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 10:42 PM

if we could maybe keep this thread updated to what is best for wear and tear. I have a mate a uni who has the M80 and he says it is starting to fall apart after 18 months. Tbf thought it will have been used everyday

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 10:48 PM

I was going to suggest the iGig, which is excellent

I got the iGig in preference to the Mono (which also looks great), mainly as it has more storage space
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 11:03 AM

If I load and pack the basses then a simple gig bag with padding and a decent zip is ok.

If I don't travel with the bass then a hard case, and for flying a full flightcase..

Most of the soft cases are varing degrees of cheap tat so expect them fall apart
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 11:39 AM

View Postblackmn90, on 01 December 2011 - 10:42 PM, said:

if we could maybe keep this thread updated to what is best for wear and tear. I have a mate a uni who has the M80 and he says it is starting to fall apart after 18 months. Tbf thought it will have been used everyday

Good idea. Im still extremely happy with my M80. For years I used standard bags for my bass, the Ritter RB700 was rather good but the strap pin went through the bottom, they have altered the design slightly to avoid this. The Warwicks aren't bad and I still use mine for my fretless. One's to avoid like the plague are the CBN's, they're dreadful, mine fell apart in about 6 months. Guitar Guitar replaced it for me but they just don't have any quality to them at all. OK, they're only £30 but you would expect them to last more than 6 months.

A good gig bag is up there with earplugs, ie, worth the investment.



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Posted 02 December 2011 - 07:51 PM

Another "thumbs up" for the Contego, my Nordy came supplied in one.

It's about as good as a "floppy" bag can be, if you move your bass about yourself then it will do just fine, but if someone else gets to be throwing your pride & joy in & out of a van etc., a hard "flightcase" is a better bet.

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 05:56 PM

I have had a Mono double for the L2500's as it makes life easier loading the car and as my gear travels by car not van. Really pleased with it & so far no problems
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