Upright Bass Flight Cases
We now offer 3 flight cases by Tuff-Lite:
the new, light weight Ultra case (for 3/4 size
basses) which average 39 lbs., the bigger Pro
model, and the another new case which is specifically designed for
removable neck, travel basses, called the Traveler.
- Ultra 3/4 case, 39-41 lbs, $3,250
- Pro model (CFK) $3,250 High Tech, 44-48 lbs,
- Pro model, (PPG) $2,750 PG (avg weight, 55 lbs)
- Traveler Case, (for removable neck bass) $3,450
- Tuff-Lite Standard case (65 lbs), when available,
The new, Tuff-Lite Ultra case will be available
in late late June/early July, '12. Due to recent
advancements in composite technologies and materials, the
Ultra is now the strongest case in the world and at only
39 lbs, it is the lightest as well. (Ultra average weight,
39-41). It is made using a new high tech blend of carbon
fiber/kevlar composite material and when combined with a special
heated pressurized process, makes a super strong and protective
The Ultra was designed so that most all 3/4
basses will easily fit and can be used with a cover or without. In
this case pictured below, is with a Wilfer 3/4 Solo
model bass. It also easily fits our medium, 3/4 sized Wan-Bernadel
basses and most all typical 3/4 basses. This is an incredible,
highly engineered flight case. For more detailed information, photos
and sizing, please visit the
The new, Ultra Case by Tuff-Lite... 39 lbs!
larger detailed photos))
The Tuff-Lite Pro model (show below) is
larger than the
Ultra and therefore, heavier. The Pro
is for those that have a bigger bass, like a larger 3/4, 7/8 or even
4/4. It pretty much fits any size of bass: small to large.
Why get this one instead of the Ultra? You may have a bigger
bass or you need a versatile case that can accomodate more than one
bass. This is the size and case most orchestras use because it
suits the typical orchestra sized basse, and allows them to use
various sized basses that their section players may want to use.
This gives versatility while still, a very strong and light case.
The Pro case comes in two weights and prices. The
Pro-CFK (for carbon fiber kevlar) avg. weight is around 48 lbs.
The Pro-PPG, uses pre-pregged glass, which is reinforced with
the very same carbon fiber/kevlar. The average weight of
these, around 55 lbs. Both cases are exactly the same in look
and dimension with the small exception in that the Tuff-Lite logo on
the CFK shows the see through black carbon material. (These
cases which we ship our basses out for trials to our customers are
proven 'battle tested' cases that get hard cargo treatment and they
wear very well and hold incredibly so! We have sold more than a few
professional symphony orchestras 'fleets' of the Pro models and a
lot of very busy professional players with great success over the
The Traveler. This is the 3rd and newest case by
Tuff-Lite. As one can see, it is specially designed for
those that frequently travel and want to minimize their hassles with
airlines and their ever changing rules, restrictions and/or
regulations with size and/or weight. The "and/or" is most
appropriate with this case because it is so versatile and easy to
use. In recent years, airlines were restricting the size, the
weight and the combinations of both! Another crazy facet of
traveling with a bass (as if that alone wasn't enough!!!), is that
while the airlines like to change their minds a lot, in comparison
(from airline to airline) they are never the same! For
example, Delta Airlines might really be restrictive on their overall
weight, United Airlines and their piece (luggage) numbers, while
another airline, restrictive on size. At this same time, the
traveling upright bass player is usually expected to fly on the same
airline as are his colleague musicians are flying on. This
case (the Traveler) allows some seriously needed versatility.
Tuff-Lite Traveler Case:
A specially engineered and unique case. Here are some of the
functions and different ways that this case can be used. There
are actually two parts of this case: the body case and the
neck (accessories) case. The neck/accessory case not only
slides into the body, but can be removed and shipped separately.
This will obviously lighten the weight of the overall case whole
which could be the very exact restrictive hurdle needed for that
particular trip and airline. Additionally, the neck/accessories case
slides into the front of the body case and is locked into place by a
special trapezoidal shape: Once it slides in through the top,
it is very snuggly locked into the body case. While TL
probably didn't need a latch to secure it, they do have velcor strap
that will harness it, just for added (psychological) comfort.
The neck case fits very snug and really requires some effort to pull
out (there is a special plastic membrane the body panel that helps
pad and tighten the fit).
The body case is typical of what
Tuff-Lite has done with the rest of their bass cases, using the
same bungee latches, and raises the bass off of the bottom of the
case (sitting on the bottom of the ribs rather then the endpin).
We think this is the best way to go in that it is far less likely to
suffer any endpin block damage by elevating the bass up off the
endpin. In this case, there is room to either fly with the
cover on the bass (with the neck draped over on top fo the bass
body) or can be flown without the cover on. (Weight is always
part of any equation these days!) A good Tuff-Bag Premium
cover or Mooradian Deluxe will weight around 10 lbs. (We will
eventually be offering a specially made (no frills) light weight
cover soon, but at this time, are not yet available.