I want to start this post off with some personal experiences as a musician. In 1998, I purchased a Rivera Knucklehead 100W head. This is a great guitar amp. Loud, but amazing! I got sucked into this amp because of guitarist friend (Jimmy Rolle – who does demos on the site today) had one and I hated hearing my piece of junk amp compared to his. I was able to save my dollars, and get one for myself. Shortly after buying my amp, Jimmy bought a road case for his head. I didn’t think I needed one. I mean, I’m careful and all.. right?
15 years later, we still have our Rivera Knuckleheads, but have moved on with our primary amps. But here is the difference. Mine looks pretty beat up. Beer can rings on the top of the amp, corner protectors are scratched and rusting. Tolex torn and scratched in a few places. The handle is all jacked up from me using it to carry it for all those years. Now Jimmy’s… yeah, it’s minty. Lesson learned. This year I bought a Matchless HC-30 head, the next day I bought a head case. Road/Flight cases are important to keep gear safe. They’re usually pricey, but damn it.. it’s worth it over the long run.
Dragon Flight Cases wrote up this little post for the site and I wanted to share it. It speaks the truth.
From garage band to super stardom. Well that’s the plan. And you’re half way there.(woah livin’ on a prayer). Sorry. The band’s getting bigger. Word spreads fast in the digital age. Your profile is going global and more people want to hear you play.
The dates are locked in and you’re about to hit the road again on your biggest tour to date. Your promoter is hard at work generating a buzz in the first city you’re due to play. Pitching your gig and back story to all local media outlets. The Internet is starting to hum as your social media feeds crank up interest with your online fan base. It looks like it’s going to go off. Big time.
Nothing beats the buzz of playing live. And to the uninitiated a tour sounds wild. Rock and roll outlaws free wheeling from place to place. Entourage in tow. The glamor, the fame, the groupies. The reality? Travel, junk food, no sleep and a lot of hanging around. But when you get up on that stage and hit those opening chords, there’s no feeling like it.
As your band gets bigger your tour schedule becomes more ambitious, so you need to get more organized. There’s a lot that can go wrong on the road. You might have to tone down the rebellion, behind the scenes anyway, and spend more time planning to avoid those unfortunate incidents that can completely derail your show.
These days every band tours with technology. Gadgets and computers might have gotten smaller, but they’re still fragile and expensive. Alongside your guitars and amplifiers you’re packing flat screens, light controllers, effects units and hard disks. Have you ever seen baggage being unloaded from a plane? Those guys don’t give a damn. That’s your case literally flying through the air. And broken kit means no show tonight.
Which is why you need proper flight cases. Tough bespoke units that are designed to your exact specifications depending on whatever it is you need to carry with you. Dragon built flight cases are made to order in a range of colors and finishes using hp laminate/phenol faced birch plywood or ultra lightweight Astraboard.
Aluminum extrusions and zinc plated hardware are then added using steel bifurcated rivets wherever possible. Bifurcated rivets’ holding power is much greater than the standard aluminum pop-rivets used by most manufacturers. This ensures the absolute protection of the technology that travels with you. Perfect for touring. Customize them with the band logo for a neat personal touch. It’s only rock n roll, but I like it to arrive in one piece.