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    A T bar loaded with 4 Pucks requires about 60" x 14" x 6" of space if it is going to be stored in a case fully wired.

    Anyone know of decent affordable cases that would hold this? Looking for something cheaper, more like plastic tote than road case.
    Moe---It puts the SINES in the basket, or else it gets the hose again.http://www.hotrodmotm.com

  • #2


    Case size: 54
    Thanks,
    Bill Cronheim
    Entertainment Systems Corporation
    Back stage since 1965
    Equipment specialist since 1973

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    • #3
      Bill you are about 6" to short for that to work.


      I would build 1 wooden box with wheels. I would use 2"x2" wood sticks to build a skelaton and something to hold the bars (light will float) and then cover it with 1/4" plywood. Use textured flat black paint to cover it. Probably spend less than $60 in materials.
      Which rig to take out to a show?
      Aspects over B2 or the QRx212 over QRx218 rig

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      • #4
        A standard T bar is 48" and the fixture should live within it's length. Even so, there's 6 extra inches to play with.
        Thanks,
        Bill Cronheim
        Entertainment Systems Corporation
        Back stage since 1965
        Equipment specialist since 1973

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        • #5
          but he said that he wanted a case that measured: 60" x 14" x 6"... wondering if he is including the stand in the case as well.
          Which rig to take out to a show?
          Aspects over B2 or the QRx212 over QRx218 rig

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          • #6
            He said "about" which led me to believe he eyeballed the measurement. Arriba has other cases available that are larger.
            Thanks,
            Bill Cronheim
            Entertainment Systems Corporation
            Back stage since 1965
            Equipment specialist since 1973

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            • #7
              The case that Bill is referring to will easily hold two t-bars of four Puck RGBAWs, fully wired and ready to go. There is a built-in padded flap that sits between the two t-bars that protects the lights. I own several of the cases and they work fine for light duty transport. For heavy duty trailer/truck loads I've had custom hard cases built that will hold up to 6 loaded t-bars, but I rarely need them.

              If you are using some Pucks that are twice as thick as the RGBAWs, then you might only get one t-bar per case. There is plenty of length. If the lights will fit on the t-bar next to each other, then they will fit into the case.

              Thanks,
              Mitchell

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              • #8
                The T Bar I have hangs several inches of Puck off each end, plus I allowed an inch or so for foam padding, so a non padded gig bag could be a bit shorter.

                Bill, do you have a model # on that bag?
                Moe---It puts the SINES in the basket, or else it gets the hose again.http://www.hotrodmotm.com

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                • #9
                  I have 4 bars pre-wired like you're describing. I keep 2 in custom made bags that my girlfriend sewed up. For the other 2, I strap them together with knit caps over each fixture (to protect the Q12s), and put them into one of these:
                  On Stage LSB-6500
                  Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. -Will Rogershttp://facebook.com/SpitShineRocks

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                  • #10
                    For the other 2, I strap them together with knit caps over each fixture (to protect the Q12s), and put them into one of these:
                    On Stage LSB-6500


                    That looks perfect, thanks!
                    Moe---It puts the SINES in the basket, or else it gets the hose again.http://www.hotrodmotm.com

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                    • #11
                      I've used those On Stage lighting bags for loaded/wired 4ft bars with Pucks and Chauvet Minspot RGBW movers and they fit ok.

                      I use one bag per bar. At this stage of the game, I try to avoid loading gear in containers heavier than they need to be as often I am the only one hauling it around. I don't want to try to cram two loaded bars into one bag at the end of a long night, even if it COULD fit in it. But thats me.

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                      • #12
                        I have those On Stage bags too and use them for stands. I tried them for the t-bars and although they do work, the problem I had is there is only a single 'slot' opened up by the zipper and you have to work the t-bars through that slot. The bags that Bill suggested open up completely and you simply lay the t-bar down and then zip it up. Of course, everybody has different approaches.

                        My goal in getting cases/bags etc is to make setup and tear down as fast/easy as possible while still keeping the gear protected. For some gigs, we roll in giant road cases and pull out all 8 t-bars of lights including Pucks and some movers. Simple, but the things are big! For smaller (and most) gigs, the bags do well, as long as you are careful in transport and loading. It is actually less work to just use the big cases all the time. Roll in, pull out t-bar, place on stand. Reverse at the end of the night. We ended up using the bags more often only because after you've unloaded the big case - where do you put it? Back in the trailer? Well there's yet another trip. The bags just roll/fold up and can be hidden in the venue close to the stage.

                        Agreed about trying to keep things as light as possible. It is a balance between how many bags to open/close and how much to put into a bag. Everybody has their preferred way. There really is no 'right' answer, only what works for you and your situation.

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                        • #13
                          FYI - I have two of these:
                          http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/arriba-cases-ac-150-lighting-system-bag

                          After just a few months of light use, both of them are coming apart. I am going to try and sew them back together. Otherwise, I will be buying something else.

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