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    I have begun to design my own killer vdrum case. I use a vsession kit. The box will be designed to carry 3 pd-120's, 2pd-100's, cy12h, td-10,and 2 pd-7's and a little space left over for whatever. I am prety much basing it on Jim Mergards travel case shown on the home page of vdrums.com For those of you interested, I will list all part numbers and try to provide mechanical drawings of everything. Here is my first step, choosing a box. This box is expensive but worth it. This place also sells additional foam which I will use to make the dividers(of corse reinforced with wood. The end cost I am expecting is about $425. I ordered the box today, its total cost with shipping to new york and extra foam is $376.50. The beauty of this case will be that I am going to try the build the dividers as one solid frame that is inserted into the box so that as I buy new drums and equipment it can be reconfigured to accomodate different size objects. Here is this case.


    I'll keep you guys posted as I go.

    -Drumlogic, V-session, Visulite/roland cymbals, (2)Mackie srm-450's, bbe 482 sonic maximizer,

    [This message has been edited by drumlogic (edited April 18, 2002).]
    -Drumlogic, V-session, Visulite/roland cymbals, (2)Mackie srm-450's, bbe 482 sonic maximizer,

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    >>I have begun to design my own killer vdrum >>case. I use a vsession kit.

    Cool. Anyone else have experience with vdrum cases? I just bought a v-concert and I want get/make a road case that will contain everything in one box.


    • #3
      I had a quick conversation with Peter Hart (completely by accident I assure you) from Hart Dynamics and he made a suggestion I hadn't thought of: An acoustic floor tom case should hold all of the pads, separated by foam inserts. It isn't exactly custom rocket science. I posted my thoughts on this subject in the General forum not too long ago.
      Using Hart MegaPro with Roland TD8, amped by Roland KC-500


      • #4
        For the local gigs I bought a couple of 31 gal storage lockers from the local Walmart for about $15 Canadian and lined them with some 1.5 inch foam. It will hold all my pads. I purchased a couple of the aluminum tool chests for the TD 10 module and other items.

        Strictly light transit stuff in the back of the old Escort Wagon but it works.

        Good luck with your cases, they look solid!

        Kelly Mercer
        Halifax, Nova Scotia

        My Youtube Channel!

        My "home studio" webcam!


        • #5
          Thats a nice looking case, definately a step in the right direction.

          Right now I have no protection for my pads, however for the TD-10 I found an old laptop bag that works great, even a pocket big enough for my electribe drum machine.



          • #6
            SWEET looking case drumlogic! Everything costs! When it comes to my expensive gear (bought with HARD earned $$$), I wouldn't sweat it in the least. Unfortunately, I don't have that luxury right now, as I am a student and have already bought myself into the poor house on just buying the gear Right now, I can get all of my v-custom gear (including PD-120), 3 v-cymbals, cy-6 and 3 pd-7 pads and my pork pie throne and all accessories into 4 US$19.99 "action packer" storage boxes (I think they are 20 gal volume, or something like that) plastic boxes from wallmart. They have nice latching (and lockable) handles on both ends. I separate the pads and other gear with a poor man's assortment of foam padding and thick towels. It's always entertaining when people see me pulling my laundry out of my gig boxes at shows I too picked up a couple of the aluminum tool boxes for hauling the brain and related gear. Rock on!


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                Your neighbors probably wonder how a simple musician can afford so many vacations!


                Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.


                • #9
                  Firstoff, let me say that the stanley rolling toolchest looks like a cool solution with wheels. Perhaps part of my very poor man's temporary solution could apply to it concerning the use of foam board as dividers with foam padding to protect.

                  I own the huge roland vdrum trunk and rack bag. I bought my kit used and they came with it. Although I drive a drum friendly Honda CRV, it really is a full load to throw the roland vdrum trunk, the rack bag, and a couple of KB-500 big amps into the vehicle.
                  I have rarely used the vdrum trunk because it is too heavy.

                  I came up with a much more inexpensive solution for local gigs where a massive and heavy case is not needed. I know the pads are delicate, and here is how I transport my V-studio kit to local gigs when I don't have room for the vdrum trunk. I also did not have the extra 40 or 50 bucks at the time to buy plastic storage containers.

                  I recently wanted to use a few tom pads and cymbal pads to augment my acoustic kit at a recording session, integrated into one kit. I used two very heavy duty cardboard boxes I got at work, about 3x's the thickness of a standard heavy duty box. I reinforced it all around with heavy duty packing tape.

                  Then, I cut pieces of foamboard posterboard to line the bottom of the box and made dividers with the foamboard. I then got some dense foam padding about 1.5" thick and used double sided tape to secure it to the sides and bottom of the foamboard and the box. I cut the dividers and the foam so that there is about 2" of space at the top of the box. This is so some big bubble wrap sheets can be put on top of the drums before the lid is closed.

                  I got the bubble wrap, foam, and boxes from the IT "computer" department where I work. They ship computers and related devices in pretty serious boxes with foam and bubble wrap, and my boxes are about 16" tall x 18" wide x 30" long. I got some velcro and taped it to the lids of the boxes so they can be closed.

                  These are not meant for roadies but for me, a man with a wife, a life and kids who need my money, so I had to improvise here to get the job done yet save my back and save space in the car for the acoustic drums. Not to mention all I had to buy was the tape and the velcro, everything was rescued on the way to the scrapheap. Tell the folks who do the shipping where ever you work to save this stuff for you.

                  When I am playing a small club gig or some recording work and can't deal with the size or the weight of the vdrum trunk case, I use my boxes to transport my vdrum pads. They are protected from elements for that short walk from the car to the club or studio in a compact package. They are protected during travel as well, yet easy to carry up those narrow stairways and long passageways through bars or restaurants that I always seem to encounter.

                  I use a big padded cordura bag for the pd-7's and 9's and the cable snake.

                  [This message has been edited by groovemastergreg (edited June 23, 2002).]
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