Upright Bass Flight Cases
We now offer 3 flight cases by Tuff-Lite:
the new, light weight Ultra case (for 3/4 size
basses) which average 40 lbs., the bigger Pro
model averaging around 52 - 55 lbs and another new case which is
specifically designed for removable neck, travel basses, called the
- Ultra 3/4 case, 39-41 lbs, $3,300
- Pro case, 52-55 lbs, $3,250
- Traveler Case, (for removable neck bass) $3,450
As any serious bass player can attest, traveling and moving a
bass around has never been the easiest. We could have chosen
any other instrument to play, but many don't think about this until
way later after they often say "the instrument chose me!"
Whatever the 'case' may be, we have still to deal with the size,
weight and the protection of the bass when we need to fly away or
transport it on tour/audition.
How To Order:
Like our bass shipments, customers order these from all parts of
the world, so it can sometimes be tricky to correctly charge on
shipping in a shopping cart. For now, it is far easier to take
orders by email or phone. The average cost of shipping a new case is
around $150-160 to domestic USA cities. For those far out of
reach places without an airport, we can easily truck it. Air
cargo is the safest, quickest and oddly, the cheapest way.
Each case is heavily wrapped and packaged and ready to ship. To
order one, call us: (480) 785-5491 (800-600-2689, toll-free line).
Some prefer to give us their delivery information by
emailing us their name, address and phone number, so that we can
have that delivery and billing address here before calling in their
credit card info. See our the Tuff-Lite size charge and
dimensions: For Pro
model and for
Traveling With A Bass and Chosing A Good
The first thing that changed with the airline industry was
almost immediately after 9-11. The TSA started opening cases
(some taking basses out of their cases after the players went off to
their departing gate!) If they couldn't get it back into the case or
couldn't figure out how to open it, they'd simply leave the case
right there. The player would get to the city of their next
gig or audition and wait for them to bring the case around, but it
would never come! These Tuff-Lite cases are specifically
made for 3 major requirements. First, they have to protect
that bass! Two, at the same time, they need to be the lightest
possible and three, they need to be user friendly.
Tuff-Lite Flight Cases
- durable, we use these very same cases to ship our own basses
out on trial. Back and forth, back and forth etc...
years of heavy usage on the
same airlines that players fly on. They get beat up, but they
still work fine!
- lightweight, so that airlines will keep taking them
- protective, these cases are designed to protect your bass
and minimize stress points on the bass
- super easy to use, they have easy no nonsense straps across
the neck, belly etc..
- affordable and easier to repair
The Ultra, $3,300 was designed so that most all
3/4 basses will easily fit and can be used with a cover or without.
In this case pictured below, is with a Wilfer 3/4 Solo
model bass. It also easily fits our medium, 3/4 sized Wan-Bernadel
basses and most all typical 3/4 basses. This is an incredible,
highly engineered flight case. For more detailed information, photos
and sizing, please visit the
Tuff-Lite site. Also, here is a nice size chart link to
The new, Ultra Case by Tuff-Lite... 39 lbs!
larger detailed photos)
The Tuff-Lite Pro model (show below) $3,250,
is larger than the
Ultra and therefore, heavier. The Pro
is for those that have a bigger bass, like a large 3/4, 7/8 or even
4/4. It pretty much fits any size of bass: small to large.
Why get this one instead of the Ultra? This is our #1 selling
flight case because it allows players to use different sizes
(because the smaller 3/4 ones fit great!) It gives
versatility while still a very strong and light case. The
Pro is used by many top professional orchestras
around the world as it suits their size variation requirements
(fitting most any sized bass) and is super versatile for every day
storage for backstages. Most of all, they are the most
versatile, most protective and most durable case on the market.
Here is a good link to see a size chart for the
The Traveler. This is the 3rd and newest case by
Tuff-Lite, $3,450. As one can see, it is specially
designed for those that frequently travel and want to minimize their
hassles with airlines and their ever changing rules, restrictions
and/or regulations with size and/or weight. The "and/or" is
most appropriate with this case because it is so versatile and easy
to use. In recent years, airlines were restricting the size,
the weight and the combinations of both! Another crazy facet
of traveling with a bass (as if that alone wasn't enough!!!), is
that while the airlines like to change their minds a lot, in
comparison (from airline to airline) they are never the same!
For example, Delta Airlines might really be restrictive on their
overall weight, United Airlines and their piece (luggage) numbers,
while another airline, restrictive on size. At this same time,
the traveling upright bass player is usually expected to fly on the
same airline as are his colleague musicians are flying on.
This case (the Traveler) allows some seriously needed versatility.
Tuff-Lite Traveler Case:
A specially engineered and unique case. Here are some of the
functions and different ways that this case can be used. There
are actually two parts of this case: the body case and the
neck (accessories) case. The neck/accessory case not only
slides into the body, but can be removed and shipped separately.
This will obviously lighten the weight of the overall case whole
which could be the very exact restrictive hurdle needed for that
particular trip and airline. Additionally, the neck/accessories case
slides into the front of the body case and is locked into place by a
special trapezoidal shape: Once it slides in through the top,
it is very snuggly locked into the body case. While TL
probably didn't need a latch to secure it, they do have velcor strap
that will harness it, just for added (psychological) comfort.
The neck case fits very snug and really requires some effort to pull
out (there is a special plastic membrane the body panel that helps
pad and tighten the fit).
The body case is typical of what
Tuff-Lite has done with the rest of their bass cases, using the
same bungee latches, and raises the bass off of the bottom of the
case (sitting on the bottom of the ribs rather then the endpin).
We think this is the best way to go in that it is far less likely to
suffer any endpin block damage by elevating the bass up off the
endpin. In this case, there is room to either fly with the
cover on the bass (with the neck draped over on top fo the bass
body) or can be flown without the cover on. (Weight is always
part of any equation these days!) A good Tuff-Bag Premium
cover or Mooradian Deluxe will weight around 10 lbs. (We will
eventually be offering a specially made (no frills) light weight
cover soon, but at this time, are not yet available.