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    After using it for the last 3 gigs, Iím comfortable with recommending this as an alternative to traditional hardware bags;
    The Gator Frameworks Microphone Stand Bag
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    I had been using a Humes & Berg Seeker with wheels. Itís a great bag...but there were 3 issues that annoyed me;

    1) I had to either collapse or disassemble my cymbal & hi-hat stands to fit them in the bag
    2) unless I wrapped each stand in a towel or blanket, they would rub on each other. I would literally find very fine silvery powder in the bottom of the bag. It was only a matter of time until the plastic handles on my new DW stands would get caught on each other and break.
    3) I would have to get down on my knees in front of the bag and carefully pack each piece. Iím too old and fat to enjoy that.

    As you can see, the Gator mic bag has 6 individual compartments. One end unzips...and the empty bag will actually stand up on itís own. Itís also plenty long; long enough that it will easily hold my stands and hi-hat stand without collapsing them.
    Hereís how easy it is now; I set the empty bag on end, unzip the lid and flop it over the side. I grab each stand, fold the legs up, and just drop it down in the bag...this includes the hi-hat stand, throne base and snare stand. Zip the lid up, and Iím DONE! It literally takes me less than a minute to pack up my hardware now. AND....I donít even have to bend over!
    I can now use a small duffle bag to hold my throne seat, pedal, stick bag and rail mount.
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    Hmmmm interesting.. I will look into that for sure, thanks for the review.
    Sonor Essential Force Birch

    Mapex Saturn V

    Zildjian K and Stagg DH Cymbals

    Decide whether this is love for the craft or simply an ego thing.

    http://www.redskymary.com/ NOT MY BAND, JUST A GREAT LOCAL BAND WHO SHOULD BE SOOO MUCH BIGGER IMO

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    That is an interesting idea thanks

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    We’ll see how long it lasts. Mic stands are pretty light in general, so it’s not designed for a ton of weight. Keep in mind that I use all DW 6000 lightweight stands. Some Larger and heavier stands may not even fit in the compartments, but even my double braced heavy duty Mapex stand fits.

    I bought it on clearance for around $40 at a local store. I think regular price is only around $60-$70. I intended to use it for our mic stands, but then decided to give it a try. Obviously, it’s probably not for those of us with big kits that gig constantly. But, those of us with small, simple setups that gig a couple times per month...it could be a nice option.
    The overall design works excellent. The individual compartments and self-supporting design are fantastic.
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    Nice review. Looks pretty sturdy!

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