In this article we’re going to dive into the world of and check out your different options.
Whether you’re looking for maximum comfort (hint: gig bags!), the best protection (the classic ‘box-style’ ) or something in between, we’ve got a range of suggestions that may suit.
It’s easy to think that saxophones are indestructible.
They’re heavy and made out of metal, right?!
But as many of us know from bitter experience, they are surprisingly easy to damage…
If you want to avoid technical problems and expensive repair bills, then it is worth investing in a that protects your properly.
|Our #1 choice|| BAM softpack |
Lightweight yet protective and easy to carry.
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|Best lightweight 'gig bag'|| Tom & Will Gig Bag |
A lightweight, comfortable option for the musician-around-town.
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|Our best budget pick||Protec Pro Pack A classic design that provides good protection at a reasonable price||Check Price on Amazon|
cases come in a range of materials, depending on the level of protection required and the budget.
The most common of these are nylon (durable & light), plastic (cheaper), fiberglass (lightweight but protective), metal (durable but heavy) or even .
Regardless of what the is made from, the inside needs to be soft, padded and well-fitting for the .
In this article we’ll talk you through the different options out there and key things to consider when making your choice, along with some of our recommendations of the best saxophone cases on the market right now.
Hard box-style cases
The hard ‘box-style’ is the most traditional and the one which many new saxophones come supplied with.
Though these are generally a little heavier and less convenient to carry than their shaped counterparts, they have the advantage of being stable and stackable and they also offer a high level of protection.
With more internal and external storage space than a shaped , they are a great option if you will be carrying lots of or other equipment.
In terms of size, alto sax cases in this style tend to be around 600 x 300 x 200 whilst tenor sax cases are of course larger (around 900 x 400 x 250)
The sturdiest of these may also be called flight cases which, as their name suggests, is because they are designed to withstand even the terrors of an airplane hold.
New BAM Trekking
This recently facelifted version of the ‘original BAM trekking’ has all of the great features of the classic sax but with some modern touches.
It still offers fantastic protection, with a water-resistant fabric shell, but now features a slightly more contoured design and a brushed aluminium finish on the large external pocket.
The comfortable and sturdy backpack straps, plus neoprene padding at the rear, make it very comfortable to walk with.
It even has a foldaway waterproof cover in you get caught in a downpour.
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The Paris Light provides superb protection for your with inner and outer storage space.
This fabric-covered hard has had a recent redesign, bringing the look right up to date, and it now includes the extra security of a suitcase-style lock for the zipper.
It features comfortable backpack straps and excellent padding within.
Protec Pro Pac Rectangular
This rugged fabric-covered features a shaped, lightweight wooden frame offering excellent protection for your .
Exceptionally sturdy fastenings and a large organiser-style interior pocket make this a very practical choice.
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Hard ‘Shaped’ Cases
A hard ‘shaped’ offers convenience for storage and travel, whilst retaining a high level of protection for your .
Many people also like the distinctive -shaped look of these cases, and for this reason they are the most popular type of with a huge range of products available.
The addition of a backpack strap on many of these also makes them a much more practice choice than a boxy hard case.
With that in mind, here are our top picks:
SKB Contoured Pro
With dedicated interior compartments for the your . and , this relatively inexpensive option still offers plenty of protection for
The sturdy, simple construction allows for easy transport either with the handle or a , and it features a hard which is durable and does not mark easily.
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- Contoured Pro Tenor Sax Case.
Protec Pro Pac Contoured
This fabric-covered option features an inner moulded wooden shell with velvet interior, providing great protection.
It comes in a range of colours for tenor, alto saxophone and soprano saxophone and can be carried using the handle or a .
Two roomy exterior pockets allow for storage of accessories and inside there are dedicated spaces for the other main saxophone parts (mouthpiece & neck).
Given its combination of lightweight design and a good level of protection, the PB310 PRO PAC sax c is a particularly popular option as a soprano sax case.
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With excellent internal protection for your featuring high-density polyurethane foam, this stylish saxophone is both compact and safe.
The clever exterior design features a glossy coloured finish on the top and a rubber finish beneath, to allow the to grip to your back whilst walking, stopping it from slipping from side to side.
The interior features a small storage compartment and a space for the of the . It can be carried via a handle or .
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Soft Shaped ‘Gig Bags’
Super lightweight and comfortable to carry, these saxophone cases offer varying degrees of protection.
Sometimes referred to as ‘gig bags’, they are not as rigid as a or . , but they do reduce the overall weight and size which is great if for travelling, especially with a
They make use of the of the for safe storage of the crook inside a padded fabric .
This stylish features a unique look with a high level of design detail.
With a soft black velvet interior and movable cushions for the perfect fit, we think this makes a real statement as well as providing fantastic protection.
Weighing in at just 2kg, it features two neoprene backpack straps for comfort whilst on the move, plus plenty of roomy external storage pockets, and features a pouch for safe storage inside the of the .
Tom and Will 36 series
The lightest of the three cases here at a tiny 1.1kg, the Tom & Will gig bag is an excellent option for keeping weight and bulk to a minimum.
The exterior appearance is a simple but attractive design and comes in grey, red and blue.
The comfy backpack straps and padded back ensure maximum comfort whilst on the go.
This modern design is available in simple black or three striking two-tone options – red, blue and green.
It also features reflective panels for added safety when cycling or walking, and a robust fabric cover reinforced with rubber in the heavily impacted areas.
It even has a ‘flow system’ to keep your back cool whilst out and about!
Not the cheapest option of the bunch, but offers a high level of protection for a , and can be extended to add extra storage with the addition of a ‘fuse-on’ from Fusion’s range of bags.
Thanks for reading!
If you’re looking for more recommendations on different types of gear, feel free to check out our Saxophone Home which includes advice on a range of topics including mouthpieces, ligatures, reeds and specific instruments.
The label ‘Discover Jazz’ is attached to articles which have been edited and published by Jazzfuel host Matt Fripp, but have been written in collaboration with various different jazz musicians and industry contributors. When appropriate, these musicians are quoted and name-checked inside the article itself!
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