Pedal Board w/ Bag Solutions?

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  1. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    I think I need to finally buy a pedal board.

    I’ve always made ‘em over the years or built them into flight cases, but I’m at the point to where I don’t want to carry any additional heavy stuff around.

    Ideally I’d like something with a purse and a shoulder strap, and maybe something semi-rigid so I’m not moving the knobs too much in transit.

    Anyone have something like this that works out for them? Any of them you’d recommend I avoid?

    Thanks!
     
  2. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Or any ideas about what kind of bag/luggage maybe not intended for a pedalboard, but could work? Like is there a gun case for an Uzi or a Hummel collectors case or something that I’m not aware of?

    Not sure I’m down with spending $300 for a Voodoo Labs bag and some bent metal.
     
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  3. Rockmark

    Rockmark New Member

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    I have a couple boards made by pedaltrain. They have a hard aluminum flight case or a lightweight material case w strap and pockets. I have one of each. The metal one weighs a ton. I use the other one all the time. weighs nothing and will accomodate most boards I imagine. Check their site, you can order either I remember w/o buying their board but also used to have deals where a case came w board set up.
     
  4. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    I use the pedaltrain board with a bag also. Supplied velcro doesn't do well if the board is stored vertically but other than that it does fine.

    Since you asked, yes, there is an Uzi case that will fit.
     
  5. Boogie

    Boogie SuperD

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    If you want a full size board, I might have something for you. If it’s more of a compact solution you want, the Pedal train solutions are plentiful and somewhat reasonable. Mono cases makes the Tick bag for their guitar cases that’s supposed to fit some compact boards. Otherwise, I’d stick with a small PedalTrain and an old backpack you have laying around.

    For the Hummel bag, you’ll have to ask 11Top. :D
     
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  6. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    You had me at semi-rigid.

    I’m sure you’ve seen my other posts, but I’m really digging the Temple Audio boards. I got two of the same size, so I can use the same case whe I go out. Functionally and physically they’re very similar to the kind of boards I’ve built myself in the past. Plus they’ve got a bunch of nifty modules you can add. The case has a purse... err... European carry-all style strap, and is padded, I would say it’s the pedalboard equivalent of an SE gig bag. Plenty of room inside, I just leave my cables hooked up and coil them up and lay them on top of or under the board and it all fits. A nice front pocket that will fit an amp footswitch, a couple 750mL’s, or whatever else you may need. They also have mounting plates that can be used to mount your pedals, but I just use industrial Velcro, or zip ties would work fine.

    Not trying to bash you guys that are Pedaltrain fans, but I’ve always thought their boards were a big rip off. Maybe if they were 1/3-1/2 the price, but $100+ for a couple of welded together aluminum rails seems steep. I’ve never tried one, but the lack of a full, flat-top surface irks me. The Temple stuff isn’t any cheaper, but it seems more functional and well designed for the way I like to work.
     
  7. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I've got a couple of different sized Pedal Train boards, and cases, that I'm not using. Will trade for tacos, and Diet Pepsi.
     
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  8. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    Is that some new kind of swirly drink?
     
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  9. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    Tacos and Diet Pepsi? You must be on the Yin Yang meal plan.
     
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  10. Axis39

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    I've got an older PedalTrain and soft bag. The zipper handle on the soft bag has been gone for a year or three... I have to pinch the zipper body between my fingers. Each gig I curse and tell myself I'm gonna go find a new bag. Then, I forget about it the next time I'm feeling rich.

    Other than the bag, I do enjoy the PedalTrain board. The Velcro seems to hold just fine for me, including a Wah pedal. I am not particularly careful with it.... I mean I don't throw stuff on top of it, but I have full confidence in my pedals not moving around.

    Being a carpenter, I used to make my own boards all the time. But, like you, I struggled to find a way to carry it, and protect my pedals. Never did come up with a good solution. I have buds who surf thrift stores for old suitcases.
     
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  11. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Something like that!
     
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  12. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Hmmm......there's a thought
     
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  13. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    I could totes alcoholize some Diet Pepsi.
     
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  14. Mbroadster

    Mbroadster I told you I was sick, but nooooooooo....

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    I used to use PT until I discovered the Voodoo Lab Dingbat.It has a nice layout, is made of Aircraft Aluminum and comes in a nice heavy duty bag.I love how their power supplies fit underneath them too. As you mentioned, they are expensive but it protects my pedals costing 3x the price of the pedalboard/bag, so for me it is worth it.
     
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  15. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    The Schmidt Array is an incredible wooden board, beyond innovative, and can be ordered with a soft case, a hard shell top, or both. Made in Germany, finest construction and hardware. Go to their website to see how useful it is.

    Buy right, buy once.

    The soft case didn’t want to stay rigid for the pic. I should get some nylon case viagra for it.

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  16. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I found a “That Pedal Show” episode where they built one of the smallest and most portable Schmidt Array boards for the great Josh Smith. A lot of stuff can be crammed into a tiny package. His has the aluminum/wood lid instead of the bag, but you can do one, both, or just get the board with neither.

     
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    pac90 In Helix Land, the waters warm

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  18. Big Mike

    Big Mike This space for rent

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    Josh is such a fantastic player. He went over this a bit on a live facebook feed once. Plus his pedal selection.
    Really great design here.

    I'm loath to go to a full blown pedal switcher as I only use 3-4 pedals these days (My old boards, good lord...). So I'm using the pedaltrain which is great.

    Hi Les!
     
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  19. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    What size do you need? You could pick up an older laptop bag from the mid '00s and build a board into that. Something that would hold a 17" laptop would provide a fair amount of space. Back in the day I needed a travel board with tuner, distortion and delay only, and I threw that into this '90s Gateway Colorbook laptop case I found in a closet at my work. Worked amazingly well. The bags outlast the computers by a long shot. They had to be beefy because laptops were way thicker and heavier than they are now.

    [​IMG]
     
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  20. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    As usual, my boyfriend Bodia is coming to my rescue with one of his old pedaltrain bags and board.
     
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