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Posted by Ran Bush (220.127.116.11) on September 10, 2002 at 23:20:42:
In Reply to: gig bags... posted by Link on September 02, 2002 at 08:47:11:
I bought a Kaces III from Bob G., and it is very well padded and mostly well-made. One of the carry straps that I use most often started coming un-stitched after about two months of use, and although Bob is standing by the one-year warranty, I am still going to have to pay to ship it from California back to him in N.J., so that essentially means the price is not as good as it originally was. It also means that I'm without a bag for at least a week or more.
I am also convinced that the bag's handle design is wrong, as the bags have a two-piece handle (the kind of handle that *usually* straddles a zipper) on the same side of the bag as a one-piece handle. Both handles are on the side opposite the full-length zipper, and it seems like the two-piece handle should be on the side with the full-length zipper. The way it is now, there is no functional reason to have a two-piece handle on the non-zipper side. Because of this handle layout, you have to flip the bag over or stand it up (with the bass in it) to zip up or unzip the main zipper. Also there are two sturdy plastic tabs that look like they should support a shoulder strap, but Bob says the company rep told him there is no shoulder strap available from the company. I bought a separate shoulder strap, but it doesn't work very well.
So, IMHO, the bag is a pretty good deal, but was not designed by a working bass player.
My comments are not in any way meant to diminish Bob's excellent reputation and service. I believe Kaces should redesign their bag's handle layout, beef up the stitching, and design a usable shoulder strap for those mystery tabs. Since the Kaces company's *mailing* address is about 20 minutes from me in California, I'd be happy to volunteer as a consultant, but apparently the bags are warehoused and shipped in Texas. Ah well...
I've also used a "Superior" bag that held up pretty well until I sold it. You could actually trust the shoulder straps. I don't know if they are still made.
Good luck with your bag search.
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