The Gig Bag

For most freeway philharmonic players the job is in a different venue each week and students are spread over a few cities. So everyone needs a good bag to hold their tools and equipment in. The bags that I use have to be able to hold a bag of reed tools, three reed cases, a bassoon stand and a contra stand, sheet music (without bending) and random small tuner/metronome stuff. Here are a few awesome gig bags that I recommend.

Timbuk 2

Timbuk 2

These bags are customizable by size and color. I have the large messenger bag and it fits everything I need. It’s pretty cheap so I use it for everyday stuff. The only drawback is that it isn’t always in the right style for an evening gig, with a tux or suit jacket.

 

Fred Perry

Fred Perry

 

Fred Perry bags are PVC (vinyl) so they are easier to clean. The style is also more professional looking so it’s more appropriate for gigging. In San Francisco drizzle this is water proof.

 

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

 

This is my regular teaching bag, I keep scale sheets, a reed case full of blanks and my old school metronome in it. It’s small but still fits a folding bassoon stand.

 

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

The keepall 55 is the best bag for when I double on bassoon and contra. This fits two instrument stands and all the stuff I need with them. It’s pricey, but they last for years and Louis Vuitton repairs them cheaply.

 

What’s a case?

This is mostly only going to interest me, I just got a contraforte gig bag. The case that the CF came in is a large aluminum travel case and I have been trying to get a gig bag for  a few months. I tried to do some research into this gig bag; not only are there no pictures anywhere, it is not listed on the Wolf website. I was lucky enough to buy this through Midwest Musical Imports, who is the only Wolf distributor in the U.S. So here are the two cases..

The aluminum travel case is similar to what Maurice Rouillard makes at rouillardcases.com in Canada. However this case has rotating closures and wheels. The firm foam holds the CF in place, there are interior pouches for bocals and small accessories. This has been a great case but it is very large and heavy, I don’t need it for everyday use.

contraforte case

contraforte case

contraforte case

contraforte case

contraforte case

I just received the contraforte gig bag this week and so far it has been very easy to commute with. It has very thick interior padding and is lined with felt. The exterior has a music pouch, accessories pouch and backpack straps. The case does not have interior bocal storage so I’ve been keeping the bocal in an extra Fox bocal box in the front.

contraforte gig bag

contraforte gig bag

contraforte gig bag

contraforte gig bag