I like this gig bag a lot. I have other ones, an FGN one, a Fender, a Gator, but this one from Road Runner is really well padded all the way around.
Secures the bass neck
Compartment to store stuff is the size of the bag - it’s flippin huge
Pocket on rear for other stuff
Little indent on the bottom to fit the strap lock (which sticks out if you have one, and you should)
You can set it down on its side and it doesn’t fall over.
Little bulkier than a regular cheap gig bag
Front storage not as convenient as the Gator
With my Gator, which is decent quality, I put my bass in the truck and go to my lesson, and it needs to be tuned. With the Road Runner, I rarely need to tune my bass for the lesson. It’s a little bulkier, the front storage while more isn’t as convenient. I don’t care. It’s a lot better padding and better protection. It goes on the daily pick for Guitar Center. I paid $50 for mine earlier this year. It’s worth the list price, my bass is well protected.
I have a Mono gigbag that I bought for my Yamaha BB that didn’t come with a case, and I also have a couple that came with new basses (G&L, Sandberg). I really like how @Wombat-metal’s bag opens up 100%. All of mine are more of a sleeve, where the zipper only opens around 80% and you have to slide the bass into the bag. I am always worried about scratching the body against the zippers even though they are plastic.
I occasionally GAS for a nice gig bag, but then remember that my basses never leave my place unless I am shipping them
I do ship them in just the gig bag wrapped liberally in bubble wrap, but that’s common here. Delivery services here compete in part on taking care of packages, so much that when one is caught being even slightly negligent it makes the news.
All my hard cases are Yorkville - they’re an institution in Canada (and I’m pretty sure you can get them outside Canada, too). Everything about them is pure nostalgia and pure function at the same time. The sound of the clasps, the teddy-bear-plush interior, the smell of the wood frame and the adhesive, the texture of the tolex. Perfection! I especially love my teardrop p-bass case, as it has a fairly low profile / hardly takes up any more room than a gig bag.
I built this for my wife’s keyboard. Keyboard cases are quite a bit more expensive than guitar cases especially for a full size keyboard. This one is super heavy. But at least the keyboard is protected when we take it places.
The other ones were accumulated from buys.
If I was going to ever play somewhere I’d take a hard case.
Saxes always get hard cases.
I actually have a custom, carbon fiber case for my Conn bari.
They run $2000 - it came with the horn, the last guy was dopey enough to buy it. Thank you dope.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great case, but I would never buy one on my dime.
Sax cases really do need to be top quality though.
Saxes in gig bags might as well just be taken straight to the repair shop.