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    Default What's in your case?

    I ask from curiosity, and in a search for inspiration: Other than your mandolin, what do you keep in your case or gig bag? I keep an extra set of strings and some picks. How about you?
    Now, what was I after when I wandered in here?

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    Default Re: What's in your case?

    In my case there is...

    An Oasis Humidifier
    A cloth for wiping the strings
    A PrimeTone, as a back up pick
    A couple pieces of foam to secure my instrument better
    A couple tools to adjust the truss rod
    A small clip on style tuner

    I also carry a small bag to gigs, jams and Church meetings with...

    Extra strings depending on the instrument (acoustic, electronic, mandolin. I dont bring extra bass strings)
    A 1/4 instrument cable
    An Altoids tin with my good picks
    A Capo
    A Strap that goes with whatever I'm playing
    A floor style tuner
    A pre amp/EQ pedal
    A overdrive/reverb pedal
    A couple extra patch cables
    An extra 9v battery
    In ear style headphones

    I think that sums it up.

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    Not much in the case, maybe a spare pick or two, spare strings.

    I carry a solid box case from HarborFreight (instead of a gig bag) to most practices/dances/gigs much like Zac,

    -preamp- has a tuner, boost, reverb etc in it
    -several cables
    -spare xlr cable
    -spare strings for various instruments
    -extension cord
    -spare picks
    -sheet music/tune books
    -a couple of capos
    -sometimes a small 4 input mixer (a lifesaver if the PA at a venue is too small)
    -sometimes instrument straps
    -a spare 9V battery
    -sometimes a sub-octave pedal
    -miscellaneous adapters and patch cables
    -a small spare DI
    -ear protectors

    I don't carry it when just jamming acoustically.

    Most of the time, I double, carrying two instruments, so it is easier to keep all the auxiliary stuff in it's own case
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    I’m the wrong guy to ask on a mando since I’m just beginning . My case has three or four picks, a tuner, a capo, and a set of strings...
    My gig bag has a set of twelve harps, a spare set of seven harps, two harp mikes, two charged sets of wireless transmitters, a modeling amp pedal, a reverb pedal, cables, a 9v adapter and a set of spare 9v batteries. And a truckload of PAs and cables and mixer and mikes and stands

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    Default Re: What's in your case?

    Not a lot (so far) in the mandolin cases beyond picks, cleaning cloths, and humidification items.

    My violin case contains:
    _instrument and two bows
    _shoulder rest
    _rosin
    _cleaning cloth
    _3 sets of old strings (if you break one, I've got you covered!)
    _pencil with good eraser
    _fingernail clippers
    _some random business cards
    _a small sewing kit
    _a handknit Santa hat that fits over the scroll
    _a Chinese coin with a square hole in the middle, strung on a velvet ribbon
    _some stray wrapped chocolates

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    A sandstone humidifier;
    A small bag containing:
    a tuner,
    a capo,
    two Black Mountain thumb picks (my preferred pick -- arthritis in my right hand makes thumb-picking more comfortable, i.e., using flat picks for the thumb),
    two Herco Medium thumb picks,
    and a flat pick (for emergencies or short-term loan);

    In an outside pocket:
    a partial set of strings,
    a full set of strings, unopened,
    an electronic cable,
    three small file cards, one of which tells when I last changed my strings,
    a small tool (for turning what?),
    instructions for a tuner (but not the one in this case),
    and a colourful change purse from India with:
    assorted picks, thumb and flat, of different sizes and shapes (leftovers from experimentation),
    and a pick case.

    It was interesting to do this inventory -- there's much more there than I expected!
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    In my mandolin case is a mandolin, a set of strings, a pick and a cloth. And if you ask the people, there is a uke or a banjo in it.

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    Default Re: What's in your case?

    Quote Originally Posted by Round2 View Post
    I ask from curiosity, and in a search for inspiration: Other than your mandolin, what do you keep in your case or gig bag? I keep an extra set of strings and some picks. How about you?
    set of strings, several picks, tuner , capo and that's it !

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    My Girouard lives in a Price case, and in the neck pocket you'll find:

    - one of those silk cleaning cloths that Ted used to sell over on the JazzMando site
    - TC Electronics Polytune tuner
    - Leather Mandolin Store pick pouch containing a Bluechip KS35, TPR35, old teardrop shaped Weber pick, hot pink .96mm Dunlop Delrin teardrop shaped pick
    - wee notebook

    There's also a Boveda Humidipak in the case, and my lovely tooled leather strap from Mandolin Straps of Montana
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    Default Re: What's in your case?

    Polishing/cleaning cloth, tuner, spare 2032 batteries (usually 2 to 4), full set of spare strings, extra A and E strings, small tin with extra picks, strap.

    If it's a gig then also a spare tuner.

    In winter, a humidifier, often an old Ontek guitar soundhole humidifier. Those sit in a case nicer than the Oasis, IMO.
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    Default Re: What's in your case?

    Picks, a tiny tuner, and the tailpiece in the (very small) compartment, wiping rag (old handkerchief), spare e string, and humidifier at the head end.

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    Default Re: What's in your case?

    47 cents and some old strings. The pick is in the strings, so that doesn't count. There'd likely be a capo in one or two of them also.

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    oops! Forgot the tuner, but that's like the pick - stuck on the instrument.
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    Default Re: What's in your case?

    Like many:
    In the case - Picks, extra set of strings, Snark tuner (in case my good one goes out), my strap
    In a carry along bag: Boss TU-3 tuner, cables, stand, flask of bourbon, 9-volt batteries
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    Spare pack of strings, soft cloth, small pack of assorted picks, Shubb capo, and the neck adjustment tool. Pretty much the same for the Octave, but I also have a JJB Voljack. Depending on the gig I also have a small backpack for the Tonedexter, several cords, music, and a Boss MA-400 headphone amp that I have never used. I've been toying with the thought of going back to a RedEye, but that could just be from too much time on my hands/quarantining...
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    I'll take what is in your case over all the others posting here thus far. What a sweet expression on your cat's face!
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    Default Re: What's in your case?

    Well my go to mandolin case is a mandolin / fiddle combo case. So..... fiddle strings , mandolin strings, tuners, rosin, a small bag with picks and a capo for guitar if I have left home without one for flatpicking, a small bag of "give away " picks for those even more forgetful than I, a small notebook and pencil for notes, an A 440 fork, a notebook with song sheets as needed, two fiddle bows sometimes three, business cards, alcohol wipes to clean rosin buildup from the fiddle strings, tuner batteries , a small tool to tighten the chin rest hardware , three cloths, a drape to keep the bow rosin off the instruments..... Yeah I think that's it..... Now my gig bag ....
    I love hanging out with mandolin nerds . . . . . Thanks peeps ...

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    Default Re: What's in your case?

    In the main compartment with the mandolin:
    • An Oasis hygrometer
    • A braided Lakota Leathers strap (attached)
    • A D'Addario Micro Tuner (attached)
    • A BlueChip pick under the G, D, and A strings between the 3rd and 5th frets

    In the under the neck compartment:
    • A full set of new strings
    • The paper insert from my old set of strings (since I've been trying a bunch out and want to remember what they were if I really like them)
    • A Dudenbostel string winder
    • A pair of 4 1/4" Knipex diagonal cutters
    • A Collings cleaning cloth (it's so heavy and lovely)
    • A mints tin with a ton of random picks
    • A spare CR2032 battery

    In the tail end compartment (it's a Calton Mandolin Deluxe case):
    • A Wittner Taktell Super-Mini Metronome
    • A Northfield Instruments pick box with my main picks

    Pretty much just ready for anything, lol.
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    I wish I had one of those for my case! Instead I have a husband with allergies and three fine canines. Actually, one of the dogs would climb into my case, I think, if I left it somewhere accessible to her.
    Now, what was I after when I wandered in here?

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    Nothing.

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    Nothing.
    Not even a mandolin !?!

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    Default Re: What's in your case?

    I regularly play several different instruments so I carry a bag that has tuners, tools, strings, straps, etc. My cases are generally empty except for instruments. I did get a cool case candy gift recently. I got a custom parlor guitar from the builder at his place and his young daughter had carved his business initials into a smooth creek bottom stone. That thing will live in the case from now on.

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    Default Re: What's in your case?

    Picks, strings, tuner, strap, tool, winder, cloth, humidifier, pencil... oh yeah, one mandolin.
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    Default Re: What's in your case?

    Depending on the case ... extra picks, wire cutters, string winder, Oasis humidifier too dried out to use, band biz cards. i keep the tuner on the mandolin(s) and a pick in the strings. I believe one of my cases has an extra set of strings. Outside one case in the pocket are my cables (a short one and a long one) for playing wired up. I also have an old leather briefcase that contains a foot rest (like classical guitarists use), writing implements (pencils and pens that may or may not work), an old pair of glasses, folding stand, clip-on LED light, clothespin and whatever sheet music I'm playing from (it used to double as a gig bag but now i only use it when I'm playing classical with others).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Round2 View Post
    I ask from curiosity, and in a search for inspiration: Other than your mandolin, what do you keep in your case or gig bag? I keep an extra set of strings and some picks. How about you?
    - Altoids box with a Dawg pick, ProPlec 1.5 large triangle pick, a Primetone 1.5 smooth brown large triangle pick
    - a cleaning/polishing cloth
    - a truss rod Allen wrench
    - a McClung arm rest adjustment tool
    - a hygrometer
    - a Bailey strap attached at the heel; the other is wrapped around the headstock area
    - the empty pkg from my last string change with the date of the string change written on it

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