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Traveling with Euroracks – Effective Soft Cases?

Post by kuuma » Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:18 pm

I am routinely shlepping my modular on the subway to rehearsal spaces and performances with various bands. So far it's been manageable because I have an Intellijel 4Ux104hp with the lovely dedicated soft case, but now that my system is expanding I find myself in need of a new solution.

I picked up two Moog 104hp skiffs, and would love to buy a third for that three-tier curved case. But the Moog-brand soft cases aren't big enough for their own own 104hp cases (:cry:) and I'm not seeing too many soft cases for euroracks in general, beyond the Intellijel ones (and I'm trying to get out of the 1U stuff).

Any suggestions or clever solutions you've found to keep a larger system agile?

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Re: Traveling with Euroracks – Effective Soft Cases?

Post by Arneb » Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:32 am

NONO has recently released a soft case for his 9U case, but I doubt it can fit three skiffs (said 9U case is a foldable one).

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Re: Traveling with Euroracks – Effective Soft Cases?

Post by moremagic » Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:49 am

i got a case built for playing out instead of one made for studio use ;)

too bad about elite's issues, the portable 208 has served me very well goin on 4 years. and it closes patched!

before i got it id carry my cell 90 around in an old guitar case. the mobster vibe of pulling something else out of a string instrument case was kinda cool, but having to unpatch to close it was def weak

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Re: Traveling with Euroracks – Effective Soft Cases?

Post by Kattefjaes » Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:37 am

The Tip Top Mantis (6u, 2x104HP) has a Decksaver available that will fit over the case patched, and a matching backpack that swallows the whole thing with the Decksaver in place. That will let you carry a couple of hundred HP safely and without backache. The only real downside is that depth of the case is a bit hit and miss if you have a lot of very deep modules.

The bag is available in a much less ugly and more anonymous form these days:

https://www.thomann.de/gb/tiptop_audio_ ... 474847.htm

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Re: Traveling with Euroracks – Effective Soft Cases?

Post by kuuma » Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:56 pm

thanks everyone!!
Arneb wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:32 am
NONO has recently released a soft case for his 9U case, but I doubt it can fit three skiffs (said 9U case is a foldable one).
the 104 bag is really nice looking and appears to fit two tiers... this could do the job, though i'd still have to travel carefully to not bonk it on anything.
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Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:37 am
The Tip Top Mantis (6u, 2x104HP) has a Decksaver available that will fit over the case patched, and a matching backpack that swallows the whole thing with the Decksaver in place. That will let you carry a couple of hundred HP safely and without backache. The only real downside is that depth of the case is a bit hit and miss if you have a lot of very deep modules.

The bag is available in a much less ugly and more anonymous form these days:

https://www.thomann.de/gb/tiptop_audio_ ... 474847.htm
if the moog skiffs won't work out this might be the play. i worried that these look kind of flimsy compared to the metal cases, do you feel alright about the mantis' build?
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Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:49 am
i got a case built for playing out instead of one made for studio use ;)
yeah, yeah :lol: just trying not to fall all the way down the rabbit hole at once!!!

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Re: Traveling with Euroracks – Effective Soft Cases?

Post by Kattefjaes » Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:42 am

kuuma wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:56 pm

if the moog skiffs won't work out this might be the play. i worried that these look kind of flimsy compared to the metal cases, do you feel alright about the mantis' build?
Surprisingly, it's quite sturdy. I suspect it'd survive a knock better than the Intellijel performance case in a lot of circumstances*. Mine has survived a couple of small drops in the bag with no problem. With the Decksaver on, zipped into the padded bag, it's surprisingly snug and secure, your modules are nicely protected. It's not flimsy at all- made of good thick material.

My only grumble about it is that the cable that goes between the PSU and the case is short. This is fine on a table, but it's a bit of a faff if you use a keyboard stand (like an X-Stand without a solid "shelf") as the PSU won't sit on the floor. You might want to epoxy a cable tie base onto the PSU housing, so you can just run a cable tie though it as a loop to hang from the keyboard stand or similar- a two minute fix. Obviously that won't affect 95% of users anyway, as most people use a table of some kind.

But yes, zipped into the bag with the Decksaver in, it's easily sturdy enough for crowded rush hour train crush, if that's a useful data point. I'd say it's a shoo-in for your use case, which seems to be painless portability on public transport, without breaking the bank. The backpack is a lot kinder to your spine than a shoulder strap. In terms of HP per buck while remaining relatively light and providing good protection, it's a solid option.

* If you haven't, do have a look at the Intellijel performance case, though. They're more expensive, but the 1u row lets you free up precious HP, they're quite cool. I believe they have a bag too, though I haven't seen that, just the case.

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Re: Traveling with Euroracks – Effective Soft Cases?

Post by Mr. Aloud » Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:06 am

I´m looking at the mantis, as the decksaver option is awesome. However, mine will not be traveling, so I wonder if the decksaver works with 2x mantis and the brackets?

#edit: Reached out to TTA customer service, won´t work when using the brackets.
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Re: Traveling with Euroracks – Effective Soft Cases?

Post by PhineasFreak » Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:09 am

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Re: Traveling with Euroracks – Effective Soft Cases?

Post by snevlida14 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:30 am

PhineasFreak wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:09 am
quick interjection thats slightly on a side note: source for right angle cables so i can close my lids patched? there was somewhere doing 2 dif heights but i cant for the life of me find them anymore [i need about 100 of varying lengths - i need to ber able to negotiate bulk order...]?
Tendrils are low profile right angles. I love mine

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