We all know how awkward it is carrying two basses about between rehearsals, sessions & gigs and how useless 99% of dual bass cases are. Have we found the 1% ? Although it is very expensive.The case retails for around £210 and the guitar tick £65. Ive heard a lot about Mono cases from bass players such as Dave Swift, Scott Devine & Dave Marks and they seem impressed, so I thought I’d take a look.
Esentily it’s a dual bass case built to take on the world plus a lovely modular storage system
(Guitar Tick sold separately)
It has, at a glance –
Hi-density foam bumpers divert vertical impact out and around the case, away from the strap pin.
Integral ABS panels deliver hard case protection at a fraction of the weight. The reinforced outer shell of the M80 hybrid case absorbs and deflects hard impact away from the vulnerable areas of the guitar.
Patented “zig zag” design creates a completely separate case for each guitar. That means both headstocks are protected with our Headlock™ suspension system and strap pin bumpers. It also means the M80 Dual can be used with 1 or 2 guitars – something you’ll appreciate on the road. Additionally, the Z-form design allows for immediate access to either bass.
Padded shoulder straps feature steel rivet reinforcement. Quickly stash one or both shoulder straps on-the-fly.
Everything in it’s place. Specialized storage compartments put your gear right where you need it. Deep gussets make sure your small items stay put.
Rock solid, industrial webbing handles come standard on MONO cases. Bar-tack stitching and steel rivets reinforce for strength, while high grade webbing provides a super comfortable grip.
Hard-wearing sole and piping made of Hypalon – the same industrial rubber used to create inflatable military rafts. This sole simply does not wear out.
It arrived at 9pm about 2 months ago and have used it since then in practical aplications to form a fair review. I pulled it out of the box and was shoked at how light it was! Plus it looks like a quality bit of kit. I opened it right up and checked all the straps, zips, pockets. There’s no snapping these off in a hurry!
So It is a softcase but with all pros of a hardcase. the reinforced ABS panels, strap pin protection and the absolutely brilliant Headlock system, in my opinion make for the best allround case there is. It makes you feel good about caring for your basses and giving them the best cosiest case they could dream of.
The pockets hold a few cables, music, business cards, pens, pencils and whatever else you need them for. if you do fill these up there is the Guitar Tick! This little chappy clips onto the case and adds a lot of extra room for all the bits and bobs you need.
In my case I have used it to transport – Two basses, two hefty 1/4 inch jack cables, my folder, business cards, pens and paper.
In the Guitar Tick I have – a spare 1/4 inch jack cable, a hefty DI cable, a 4 plug power extension, a torch, cloth, IPhone holder, two packs of strings, a few tools, my IEM’s, ear plugs, plectrums etc. The list goes on, basically all the little spares that I need!
Iv’e been using them both solidly for a few months now, and am very happy with it. The only downside is that it can be heavy it’s absolutely cram packed. I am a bit dubious about lifting the whole thing up from the straps, but it seems to be solid. The straps are very comfortable and look like they will last years.
Iv’e been quite abusive with it at times and the only things I’ve managed to do, is to scuff the bottom protector feet and pull the zip off on the top hidden pocket off. The zip went straight back on, so it could be a fluke?
All in all it’s an excellent case & it has replaced my hardcases for day to day transportation. I’m willing to take it in the cabin of the plane, but i’m skeptical about putting it in the hold! although I think it would survive
For a full spec list visit monocreators.com