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Topic: Experience with custom road case companies?
Message: Posted by: George Ledo (Nov 22, 2013 01:22PM)
Do any of you have experience with a custom road case company that you would recommend? There are lots online, but I'm looking for a referral from a satisfied customer. :)

Thanks much.
Message: Posted by: Tony S (Nov 22, 2013 01:47PM)
It's been quite a few years since I used them, but here is a link to a company that built some great cases for me years ago:

http://www.roadcasesusa.com/?atrkid=V1ADW877CDE4C-7249436746-k-roadcases-36397242226-p-g-m-1t2&gclid=CPyW2q-U-boCFS8OOgod4RkA3Q

Tony
Message: Posted by: Rudy Sanchez (Nov 22, 2013 01:49PM)
Encore Cases-http: http://www.giantcases.com

Owen Magic Supreme, Bill Smith Magic Ventures, etc all use them.
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Nov 22, 2013 01:50PM)
Gary Peterson at Encore Cases is excellent. He used to tour an illusion show, so he knows what he is doing.

http://www.giantcases.com/Welcome-to-Encore-Cases.html
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Nov 22, 2013 02:56PM)
Gary Peterson- Encore Cases.

Richard
Message: Posted by: George Ledo (Nov 22, 2013 03:22PM)
Great, guys. Thanks so much. :)
Message: Posted by: David Garrity (Nov 22, 2013 04:06PM)
George,

It depends upon what you are crating up. If you need something big and heavy boxed then the companies referenced above would be great.

If you are looking for a lightweight case for your act to fly with or smaller props, I would go to http://www.fibrecase.com/home.html and see what they have to offer. I have used them a bunch in the past.

Sincerely,
David
Message: Posted by: George Ledo (Nov 22, 2013 07:10PM)
Thanks, David. In this case (crap, did I really say that????), I'm looking for a road trunk for an illusion. But I'll check out fibrecase.com for other projects.
Message: Posted by: DavidThomas (Nov 23, 2013 10:24AM)
Hi George,

What ever case company you choose, really consider what materials you want it built out of. Standard touring road cases are built for durability and will last forever. Downside is that can weigh twice as much as the prop you are shipping. This is not a problem if you have "stage hands" load in and out for you. You will need these type of cases if you are using commercial freight carriers. As they are very rough on the equipment.

If you are loading in and out of a trailer, box van, or truck that you control, then consider cases that protect the prop, but are as lightweight as possible. Almost 90% of my gigs I use my trailors and/or truck, so having cases as light as possible is very important to me. Not sure what it is called but ours is 1/8 ish plastic that is industricable (unless a fork lift pierces it) Any case builder would know and understand what you are looking for. My rule of thumb is the case empty should feel very light when lifted.
Message: Posted by: illusions & reality (Nov 23, 2013 10:32AM)
Hi George,

I would echo all of the advice above. Many of my illusions are caesd in ATA cases by Encore or other companies that build cases to protect delicate equipment. I have used fibrecase company for many years for less fragile items(on the recommendation of Denny Haney years ago). For items that are a little more fragile where I have used the Fiber Case Company, I got thicker foam to protect the item. The plastic that Fiber Case uses comes in a few colors and is almost indesctrubtible. Some of their handles aren't the best, but the cases themselves are excellent.

Lou
Message: Posted by: AGMagic (Nov 23, 2013 12:03PM)
George, I can also recommend Excalibur, Calzone and Anvil cases. I have used all three in the past with no problems.
Message: Posted by: sperris (Nov 24, 2013 05:57AM)
Cabbage Case in Columbus, OH -- ask Chezaday about them, he got me turned onto them and they do great work, quite a few of my cases are from Cabbage...