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 Bass Clarinet Case
Author: Fsephie 
Date:   2007-08-26 06:54

Hi, I own a new low-c buffet bass clarinet, and I was curious as to my options were. I swore I had seen a hardcover version of the standard buffet case, but I can't seem to find it anywhere now.

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 Re: Bass Clarinet Case
Author: bahamutofskycon 
Date:   2007-08-26 16:22

Here's one option: http://www.wisemancases.com/

You'll have to navigate to "cases" on the right and then "bass clarinet." I've seen them mentioned in the Clarinet magazine, but I have no personal experience with their cases (I don't own my own bass yet, *sigh*).

Steve Ballas

Post Edited (2007-08-26 16:23)

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 Re: Bass Clarinet Case
Author: Ed 
Date:   2007-08-26 16:40

A great case option are the BAM cases, light and very protective.


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 Re: Bass Clarinet Case
Author: clarnibass 
Date:   2007-08-26 17:09

I really like the Wiseman bass clarinet case. It is very good and you can put both your bass and soprano clarinets together in it and don't need to take two cases, which is why I especially like it.

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 Re: Bass Clarinet Case
Author: Iceland clarinet 
Date:   2007-08-26 17:30

I don't know if the newer type of Bam Cases the one with line on the zippers to pull use yo close and open the case are better but the old version is at least no good. One of my friend had after 2 years of owning a double case(not the lightweight) and the zippers and the clue that is used to binde the cover to the foam was so worn that he had to use a belt to close the case. The zippers on my case work fine after I've done the methoed they reccomend on the bam hompage but after 1-3 weeks it's always the same trouble and it takes me like 3-5 minutes to close the case each time. I'm really considering getting Wiseman case in the near futhure.

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 Re: Bass Clarinet Case
Author: Ebclarinet1 
Date:   2007-08-27 17:12


Yes I had the same reaction to the new Buffet bass cases. It feels sort of flimsy. The BAM cases is very similar in design to this case so I don't think you'll like it as a replacement aqnd also feel flimsy to me. The Wiseman case is very expensive and I don't like the looks of that case but it is very solid. There surely must be another GOOD option out there.

Eefer guy

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 Re: Bass Clarinet Case
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2007-08-27 21:51

The Buffet (Winter) cases in general aren't much cop considering the value of the instrument that it's housing, and I don't know if a Buffet bass will fit in a Yamaha case which I'd imagine is well made and fitted, but only fitted for a Yamaha bass - you may have trouble getting a Buffet bell to fit in a Yamaha case a the Buffets have a much wider bell bow.

But the Yamaha case has a polystyrene insert which could be altered to fit a Buffet bass.


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 Re: Bass Clarinet Case
Author: CJB 
Date:   2007-08-28 07:37

I have a Yamaha case and a Wiseman. The Yamaha is impressively small and light but has no shoulder strap/backback straps, so is less than comfy to carry for any length of time. Mine has been in the loft since I got the Wiseman.

As others have said the Wiseman case is expensive and is heavy but once you've got the straps properly adjusted is really comfy to carry - I've walked a couple of miles with it with no problems. It has survived going into an aircraft hold and saves carrying multiple cases. I'd strongly recommend it and think it is actually really good value for what it is.

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 Re: Bass Clarinet Case
Author: bob49t 
Date:   2007-09-02 19:59

I'd second the Wiseman case, but it is heavy. It has an external pouch for reeds, reed kit, specs etc and an stud fastened external music pouch.
My Buffet low C bass and my Eaton pair go in and are safe. the cylindrical properties are hard to beat strength wise. I've recently taken it to France where it had to go in the Fragile Hold of the plane.

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 Re: Bass Clarinet Case
Author: C2thew 
Date:   2007-09-03 02:04

so the issue is that the case that came with the bass isn't a hard cover? rather a soft cover?

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. they are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which was already but too easy to arrive as railroads lead to Boston to New York
-Walden; Henry Thoreau

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 Re: Bass Clarinet Case
Author: graham 
Date:   2007-09-04 11:53

I too have the Wiseman. All its strengths have been reviewed very fairly above so here are some further points to bear in mind:

1. You need not to be the clumsy type who needs a cut out section to tell you how to pack your instrument. The Wiseman won't do it for you. Plus, being in a hurry is not helpful as you need to exercise reasonable care when putting away.
2. The sound of pulling it open against the velcro attachments is like a fighter bomber taking off. If you are late, and don't unpack outside the hall, then you will need a large tutti in order to take your instrument out, or there will be embarrassment.
3. Some of what you pay for in that hefty price (made much worse in the US owing to the chronically weak dollar), is a beautiful looking leather case with a real quality feel. If that kind of thing does not interest you, then you are paying money for a feature you did not need.

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 Re: Bass Clarinet Case
Author: clarnibass 
Date:   2007-09-05 06:02

I don't know if Graham's 3 is exactly right. Yes it is expensive, but one of the things that made me undecided at first was that I thought it was a little too fancy, especially the velvety stuff inside. What made me decide is how comfortable it was.

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