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Richard Stoops


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 8:20 am     Reply with quote

I'm just starting to take pedal steel lessons. I purchased a Wilcox single neck with pad off Steel Guitar Forum. Together with the case this weighs in the neighborhood of 70 pounds and is hard for me to handle. I really need something lighter, as I'm 81 years old and not as strong as I once was. I've thought about split case(s), or perhaps buying a stage one starter guitar if I can find something in the $1000.00 range. Any thoughts on this dilemma?
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Larry Behm


From:
Mt Angel, Or 97362
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 8:29 am     Reply with quote

A single 10 at 70 lbs sounds really wrong. Get a set of double cases, works every time.
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Richard Stoops


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 9:12 am     Reply with quote

I was really surprised at the weight...seems too heavy for a single neck. Where can I find a case for the guitar. I'm kind of new to steel guitar. A couple of years ago I bought an 8 string laptop and kind of fell in love with the steel guitar. As a kind of newbie I'm not familiar with places to buy things like cases, etc. Most music stores in my area (Ohio) don't cater to steel players.
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Tommy Allison


From:
Transfer, Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 10:20 am     Reply with quote

Richard, I don't know what part of Ohio you live in but, Hummingbird Music Studio in Sugarcreek, Ohio could probably help you out.
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Jack Stoner


From:
Inverness, Fl
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 10:20 am     Reply with quote

There are a couple of people on the forum that custom build cases, and 2 piece cases. I don't remember either but one is in Buffalo NY area and the other is in North or South Carolina. Its not something you can go into a music store and buy or order.

I'll be 80 this month and split my steel into two cases about 6 or 7 years ago.
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Richard Stoops


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 10:35 am     Reply with quote

I just weighed the case and the guitar. The guitar weighs 36 lbs and the case weighs about 27. I guess I overestimated the total weight, but still I think split cases would be the better way to go. Thanks for the replies.
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Roger Crawford


From:
McDonough, GA USA
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 10:58 am     Reply with quote

Yikes! That sounds right for the guitar. A good case should weigh in around 15 pounds. Split cases will help tremendously. Steve Hinson makes some nice fiber board split cases that will really lighten your load. I got a keyboard gig bag and used high density foam all around. The guitar goes in there, legs and rods in a separate gun bag. Works well and the back thanks me for it.
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W. C. Edgar


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Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 12:41 pm     Reply with quote

Wasn't that Kevin Hattan in Buffalo?
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Roger Rettig


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An Englishman in Naples, FL
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 12:47 pm     Reply with quote

Big recommendation here for Steve Hinson's 'X' Brand cases. They'll cut that weight way down.
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Jon Light


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Saugerties, NY
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 1:19 pm     Reply with quote

I've got a soft gun case for the detachables and an order in with Steve Hinson for a Brand X case for the body.

Brand X:

http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=292722


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Larry Behm


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Mt Angel, Or 97362
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 1:25 pm     Reply with quote

Also Bob Littleton in Washington State.
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Richard Stoops


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 3:07 pm     Reply with quote

I would like to contact Steve Hinson about a case. Does anyone have contact information?
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Roger Rettig


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Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 4:41 pm     Reply with quote

He has a Facebook page. 'Brand X Cases'.
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Dave Hopping


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Colorado, USA
Post Posted 7 Dec 2017 11:37 am     Reply with quote

I did the quick-and-dirty fix.Got a gigbag for a 49 key electronic keyboard from Sweetwater for IIRC about $50;the pedal rack and leg bag fit easily
. 70 pounds in one hand is very hard to balance,but you'd be surprised at how much the pedal rack and loaded leg bag weigh,and how having that weight out of the main case evens things out.Unless you've got back problems,carrying 70 pounds is fairly do-able if it's divided between both hands......I do have to admit 70 pounds is pretty heavy for an SD-10;my MSA Classic D-10 8P4K is 87 pounds in the case,and it's stayed home for close to 20 years!
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Bob Hoffnar


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Austin, Tx
Post Posted 7 Dec 2017 2:36 pm     Reply with quote

Check your private messages
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