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    Anyone using them? I've heard some good things about them and am going to order a set for my Mapex Armory kit.
    Six piece Mapex Armory, Black Panther Blade and Orange County Custom snare drums, Centent Emperor cymbals, and Vater Drumsticks.

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    I've got one........................solid - nothing wrong with it.....................I use it on an old back-up gig snare.
    But Ahead and Protection Racket are noticeably better.
    I'm using the Ahead bags for my bass and large FT -- the zipper configuration helps on the larger drums.
    I'm using Protection racket on my nickel and bronze snares.....................excellent protection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    I've got one........................solid - nothing wrong with it.....................I use it on an old back-up gig snare.
    But Ahead and Protection Racket are noticeably better.
    I'm using the Ahead bags for my bass and large FT -- the zipper configuration helps on the larger drums.
    I'm using Protection racket on my nickel and bronze snares.....................excellent protection.
    When it comes to drum bags, I pretty much have most brands. Protection Racket I have on most of my snares. I think Beato bags are the best, they maintain their form when nothing is in them. Much thicker walls and foam.(that's on the higher end bags).
    Last edited by drummerMD; 03-14-2018 at 05:47 PM.

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    I used Gator bags for gigging for 3 or 4 Years. They’re good, solid but basic bags. Never had an issue with rips, tears or broken zippers. They just don’t have much padding, and their long nylon strap handles are hard to carry....but they’re tough. I bought a Humes &Berg Galaxy bag for my 18” bass drum, and within 2 gigs it was starting to rip at a seam.

    For my new Ludwigs, I purchased some new Roadrunner Touring bags. I really like them. They have a nice, thick padded liner and nice handles with rubber grips. Much more protective and easier to carry than the Gators. I just haven’t had them long enough to comment on their toughness.
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    I agree with Brian, I have some Gator Bags and never had any issues , but also like the Roadrunner bags. The last three bags I bought were the Roadrunners. I also like the little rubber glow in the dark numbers of the bag size for dim lit situations when packing up.
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    the new snare I bought came with a Gator bag... it's actually very nice.
    But I still prefer the extra sense of security of my hard case.
    14pc Yamaha Maple Custom Vintage (24pc in total) | 12pc PDP X7 | 9pc Ludwig Jr. | 9pc Pork Pie ZebraWood | 6pc Sonor |5pc PDP Concept Maple Classic | 5pc Ddrum Dominion | 5pc Orbitone |4pc Sonor Martini | 58 Snare drums and growing!

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    I've always been partial to Humes and Berg. Never a let down nor a failure.

    Their Galaxy series has my complete and undivided attention. All my drums are in either H&B bags or SKB hard cases or with some snares, still in the factory box and never been played.
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    I have one Gator bag that i use for my mics, cables, snake, etc. Worked great for about 3-400 gigs then the zipper blew out on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    I've always been partial to Humes and Berg. Never a let down nor a failure.

    Their Galaxy series has my complete and undivided attention. All my drums are in either H&B bags or SKB hard cases or with some snares, still in the factory box and never been played.
    I as well. Have a kick, a snare, and a cymbal bag...all Galaxy. Since I don't play out all that much, haven't been put to the test, but they are adequate for my needs.

    all the best...

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    If I get back in to playing out soon I've debated bags for the next kit.
    I'm looking to buy yet another small traveling kit.
    14pc Yamaha Maple Custom Vintage (24pc in total) | 12pc PDP X7 | 9pc Ludwig Jr. | 9pc Pork Pie ZebraWood | 6pc Sonor |5pc PDP Concept Maple Classic | 5pc Ddrum Dominion | 5pc Orbitone |4pc Sonor Martini | 58 Snare drums and growing!

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    I have various Gator and SKB bags for 2 kits, plus mics, mixers, etc. They are all good and have held up well for the last 4 years of not too frequent gigging. For my most recent drum kit purchases, considering the investment, I am getting Ahead Armor bags. Definitely a step up in construction and protection. Also the zipper makes it much easier to get the drums in and out of them.


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    I use Drum Seeker for my toms and snares, and a Tuxedo for the bass--mainly because the Drum Seeker bass bag is pretty darn heavy
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