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    Anyone here have experience with AHEAD ARMOR bags ?

    Because I have two old fiber cases that are falling apart (both purchased in 1977), I ordered today, a bag for my 14 X 24 bass drum and a bag for my 16X 18 floor tom.
    I transport my own kit in my own SUV and I no longer need fiber cases for the bass and floor tom -- my snare and two other toms are in a metal flight case that is still holding up well.

    I went looking for a Gator for my bass drum (I have a Gator for a snare that is a nice and inexpensive bag), but they do not make a bag larger than a 22 inch so I was forced to look elsewhere...............the Ahead bags looked like they were well thought-out.
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    I have a couple of Ahead drum bags. I bought them mainly because how they open/unzip and close... They also have plenty of room for GTS rims mount type systems. But these are the most durable bags I have seen.. very thick and plenty of padding... much heftier than my Tuxedo bags for sure. They are a bit more expensive but worth the $$ IMO.
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    I never tried the Aheads only the Gator and they make a 24x18 size.

    I really can't use mine anymore though. If playing out regularly they will get worn pretty quickly. I guess I was in a hurry one too many times tearing down and trying to get the kick into the bag. One of the spurs went through the nylon inside and made it near useless to use. It just became more of a hassle trying to get it into the bag then it was worth. I miss the easy transport with the straps but if it's going to be in n out in n out a lot you'll need to be really careful not to tear the inside.

    My Gator snare bags are doing really well though.
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    I have SKB drum bags and for the $'s they're pretty good.

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    I have a set of Ahead Armor bags & they are excellent. They feel very sturdy & are easy to use. The extra long zips also make it easy to get the drums in & out of, though when you are putting the BD in you may need to either get someone to help or do the zip up a bit, as the sheer size of the case can mean it wobbles a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kickinit View Post
    I have a couple of Ahead drum bags. I bought them mainly because how they open/unzip and close... They also have plenty of room for GTS rims mount type systems. But these are the most durable bags I have seen.. very thick and plenty of padding... much heftier than my Tuxedo bags for sure. They are a bit more expensive but worth the $$ IMO.
    Good news............thamks.

    Quote Originally Posted by slinky View Post
    I never tried the Aheads only the Gator and they make a 24x18 size.
    I suppose the company I bought from did not carry a 24" because it was not an available option............thanks for the info.

    Quote Originally Posted by EyePea View Post
    I have SKB drum bags and for the $'s they're pretty good.
    Yes............a very popular brand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dodeska View Post
    I have a set of Ahead Armor bags & they are excellent. They feel very sturdy & are easy to use. The extra long zips also make it easy to get the drums in & out of, though when you are putting the BD in you may need to either get someone to help or do the zip up a bit, as the sheer size of the case can mean it wobbles a bit.
    This is great news..........I'm looking forward to getting these.
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    Protection Racket. Well made. Durable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inthpktplayer View Post
    Protection Racket. Well made. Durable.
    +1. With the exception of my cymbal case (which is a Hardcase) I use Protection Racket for everything including hardware. Had the same set for 11 yrs with no issues.

    However, I've heard great things about the Ahead bags so I'm sure you'll be very pleased with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatDrummer View Post
    I use Protection Racket for everything including hardware. Had the same set for 11 yrs with no issues.
    Yes............I also had recommendations for these and I did look into them.
    Very impressive as well.............
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    I've got DrumSeeker bags. Good quality and a decent price. I have a couple that are smaller sizes than the drums they're on, and they fit a little better. So they should have plenty of room for any oddball brackets or anything.
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    Sounds like you got just what you needed Ricardo, so congrats on the new bags. I have hard shell cases, because as a pastor I have to pack up my stuff and move occasionally. When I do, it is not uncommon for the church members to help with loading. I want to make sure my gear is fully protected. When I take the kit to a gig, I sure wish I had the bags, though.
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    Got the floor tom bag delivered today..............looks very good.
    I suspect the bass drum bag (due to be delivered tomorrow) will be the same.

    These bags are recommended to anyone that can do without the hard cases.
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    I've checked out the Ahead bags at a local store, they look really nice. My first choice for cases would be SKB hard cases but for soft cases these look really good.

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    Just read the title for this post. Protective drum bags. Is there another kind of which I have not heard? Non protective bags? Why would anyone use them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zickos View Post
    Just read the title for this post. Protective drum bags. Is there another kind of which I have not heard? Non protective bags? Why would anyone use them?
    They all claim to be protective.
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    I have now received both bags............FYI -- these are the best soft drum cases I have ever seen :

    Heavy duty -- top notch zippers -- reinforced handles -- soft inner liners -- shaped to handle the drum and the mount -- cut to ease the load of the drum into the bag................well thought-out.


    Now we will see how well they hold up over the years.
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    My local shop started selling them last year. I needed two more for the bigger set and looked at them. They were top notch but I decided to stay with Protection Rackets. Mainly because I'm anal about being and looking organized since the rest of my bags were PRs.
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    I bought an ahead armor 24 x 18 case 2 years ago and when pulling my bass drum out of my car the day after my gig last sunday morning one of the straps tore away from the bag. It may have something to do with the temperature which was about 15 degrees fahrenheit at the time. This has been a reallygreat bag, and I would buy another. The wife may be able to fix it but not sure if possible and she cannot get to it anytime soon. I sent an email to Ahead telling them the story and that I have the original receipt, pics and such but not sure if they will or can do anything about it. I never checked what the warranty to the original buyer is. I will post the response when I get it. ahead.jpg
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    I have ahead cases for all my drums and I really like them. They are well built and even fit my optimounts easily

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    I have 2 sets of SKB bags for my gigging sets since I don't gig often and I handle all my own gear. When I got my DW kit I started looking into hard cases and better bags and got an ahead snare bag to see how I liked it. I'm really impressed with it and I think it offers greater protection than other bags for a marginal increase in price, and while they don't protect as well as hard cases they take up less room, weigh less and cost much less. I think they are a great solution for someone like me who doesn't gig too frequently and doesn't have to entrust others with his gear.


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    Quote Originally Posted by quikstang2 View Post
    I've got DrumSeeker bags. Good quality and a decent price. I have a couple that are smaller sizes than the drums they're on, and they fit a little better. So they should have plenty of room for any oddball brackets or anything.
    Agree--I really like my Drum Seekers. But I will say I just bought one to replace my Tuxedo bass bag and when it came it was way heavier than I'd imagined. I sent it back for another Tuxedo, (because I'm getting too old to haul around unnecessary weight) but I use Drum Seekers on my toms.
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    I have Gator, Protection Racket, H&R Tuxedo, and recently bought a 14"x14" 16"x16" and 16"x18" Bag by RoadRunner. They are very nice bags, with nice generous plush padding. They also have glow in the dark rubber Bag size numbers so you can see which bag you have in a dim lit situation. Also a net type outside space to hold something. Sheet music, etc. I like them . They have them at Guitar Center.
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    Wish I could find bags whose zipper grabby things don't break.

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