Road cases are an essential part of transporting and protecting your gear on the road. If you’re moving gear from show to show, keeping it safe inside a road case will preserve it for years to come.
There are several brands, materials, and styles you can choose from, but most are surprisingly ineffective.
I strongly suggest you stay away from plastic and non-rolling cases — they’re a lot cheaper, but they’re just not worth the investment.
Plastic and non-rolling cases crack and break easily, will need to regularly be replaced (which defeats the entire purpose of buying road cases) and don’t transport well without casters.
I also suggest you avoid buying used, or well-worn road cases.
Unlike other vintage gear, road cases don’t improve with age. Many will have broken latches or missing rivets and will actually increase the chances that your gear is damaged in transport.
In order to keep your most precious gear safe and secure on the road, we suggest you buy new and buy quality. Like instruments, road cases are an investment, and if you invest well, you won’t need to re-invest for a very long time.
OSP CASES: HIGH QUALITY, HEAVY-DUTY
For long-term, high-quality protection, I suggest OSP Cases (click to see on Amazon). These Rubber lined heavy-duty rack, road and flight cases affordable, durable, and just the best in the industry.
OSP cases are designed to stack side-by-side in a truck or trailer, making these utility cases perfect for all-budget tours and various productions on the road.
These guys are also tried and true. They’re not a new company and they’ve proven themselves over the past decade as the most reliable road cases in the industry.
BEST ROAD CASES FOR TOURING BANDS
You can also buy replacements for essential features like Blue Rubber Casters (click to see on Amazon).
Whether you’re setting up in a different venue every night, setting up and tearing down for church every Sunday, or just taking an amp across town for a club gig, OSP cases will keep your gear safe the entire trip.
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