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Eric OHara


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Essex, New York, USA
Post  Posted 5 Dec 2018 5:06 pm    
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Hi all, has anyone ever used or is currently using the SKB Rail Pack Case with foam? and is it satisfactory for airline use? I am currently looking to purchase a flight case and this SKB case is relatively less expensive than the usual full on "anvil" type case however, I would rather spend the money to protect my guitar than go for the less expensive case - unless the less expensive SKB case really works.

thanks in advance.

Eric O'Hara (touring with the Gibson Brothers Band - Mockingbird)

Sho-Bud Super Pro, Goodrich 6122-R, Nashville 112
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Tucker Jackson


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Post  Posted 5 Dec 2018 10:38 pm    
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Yes, I've read several posts here from folks who use an SKB rail pack. They apparently fly well. Just click the "Search" link at the top right of the page and type in 'SKB Rail Pack' and read up on it.

A Super Pro might be a little too big for that particular case... Measure your guitar carefully, and take into account you're going to want an inch of foam on all sides. You might have to look at Pelican or some other brand to find one large enough for a big-bodied Sho-Bud.
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John Macy


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Post  Posted 6 Dec 2018 6:11 am    
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I fly my steel in an SKB regularly, including internationally, with no problems at all. My Fessenden SD 10 4x7 with the lightweight legs clocks in at 48 pounds...
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Eric OHara


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Essex, New York, USA
Post  Posted 6 Dec 2018 3:16 pm     Flight cases for Pedal Steel - SKB Rail Pack Case
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Thanks for the insight and info. you make a good point regarding the amount of foam within the case vs. the size of the guitar. With the steel being almost 11' wide and the case not quite 13 3/4" it could be a little light in the foam department (for my liking anyway).

I'll do a search as noted (SKB) and see what comes up.

I've made some inquiries to the heavier duty cases and I'll see where that takes me as well. Luckily I've got a little time to research before hittin' the switch.

Appreciate your comments - I'm new to the forum and based on this feedback alone - I'm real glad I joined! Eric
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Eric OHara


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Post  Posted 25 Mar 2019 9:46 am     Final Decision on Cases for flying
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In the end I decided to go with the optimum option vs. SKB's based on a worst case scenario approach. And even then - there are no guarantees but in this "case" its about as close as anyone can get! I went with the folks at Keal Case in Round Rock, TX. They were so excellent to deal with and delivered the cases ahead of time - and the cases are beautiful!! But more importantly built like tanks. When you close the lids on these - its solid and precise. Hats off to folks at Keal Case!!

(the case with wheels is the PSG case - the other is an electric guitar)











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K Maul


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Post  Posted 25 Mar 2019 6:09 pm    
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Not too heavy to fly without incurring big baggage fees?
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Eric OHara


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Essex, New York, USA
Post  Posted 25 Mar 2019 7:52 pm    
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Luckily my new GFI S-10 Ultra only weighs in
at 26.5 lbs. I have yet to weigh them together.
(Step 2). I’ll pay a fee if need be. I’d rather have the extra
Durable case than show up at a gig that took
a day to get to and show up with a broken guitar.
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Paddy Long


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Post  Posted 26 Mar 2019 3:35 pm    
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Yep I regularly fly internationally using my SKB drum stand case for my Zums .....I also have a split Red Dirt case set but unfortunately the body case comes in about 3KG's over the limit in the RD ....which is a shame cos they are outstanding and well built cases! Next time I fly my guitar to the States though I might bite the bullet and pay the excess baggage fee just for the peace of mind. However having said that, I have never had any damage occur using the SKB case, and I have flown with that a lot.
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Eric OHara


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Post  Posted 26 Mar 2019 6:32 pm    
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Well.…tops scales at 56 lbs so it looks
Like I’m paying for my peace of mind.
In hindsight I probably could have requested
that the total be kept under 50 - but
There yah have it. Eo
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Tucker Jackson


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Portland, Oregon, USA
Post  Posted 26 Mar 2019 8:34 pm    
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Eric OHara wrote:
Well.…tops scales at 56 lbs...


My flight case is about the same. Try taking the leg bag out to get you down to 50 lbs. You can just walk it on the plane as a 'personal item' (which is permitted in addition to a carry-on). It's not much bigger than an umbrella so they don't hassle you.

TSA has never asked me what was up with the legs. But they've never NOT asked about the tone bar, so you might as well pull that out and put it in a coin tray and send it through the scanner so they can get a good look at it, ask you what it is, and save you both some time.
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Eric OHara


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Essex, New York, USA
Post  Posted 27 Mar 2019 8:35 pm    
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Hi - thanks for the tip. I was thinking of doing
That. Also planning on having a hard copy
pic and maybe a video on my phone of me
Playing the guitar with pics bar and vol
Pedal. Eo
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Bob Watson


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Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
Post  Posted 28 Mar 2019 1:30 am    
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Eric, I have a case for my D10 Zum that looks like its built by the same company that built this one. It has the wheels that extend out like this one does. One of the wheels is falling apart and I was wondering if you knew where I can find a replacement wheel and also if you knew how hard it is to replace one of the wheels? I'm hoping I don't have to drill out the rivets that hold the wheel housing onto the case to replace the wheels. Thanks in advance for any thoughts on this matter.
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Eric OHara


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Essex, New York, USA
Post  Posted 28 Mar 2019 4:48 am    
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Hi - If it’s by Keal folks I would give them a
call (512) 244-9100. They super helpful.
Otherwise I would probably do a search on
the oracle (google) for a company that sells
parts of you plan on DIY. I believe since
you are a steel player then you have the
DIY gene Wink. Hope that’s helpful. Eo
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Eric OHara


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Essex, New York, USA
Post  Posted 30 Mar 2019 9:14 pm    
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With the legs, rods and pedal rack pulled
I’m below the 50 lb mark so it looks like
that’s the way I’ll go. Thanks all for input!
EO
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Eric OHara


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Essex, New York, USA
Post  Posted 1 Apr 2019 10:24 am    
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HI - one other thing - after reading some posts on the forum about TSA folks picking up the guitar by the pull rods - I've made some handles on both ends with pull ties (with directions) to give the TSA folks something to grab if they have to take the guitar out.... I hope this works



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Jack Stanton


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Somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
Post  Posted 1 Apr 2019 8:19 pm    
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Eric,
Brilliant! I will definitely do next time I need to fly my guitar.
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