Okay, this is one of those rare blog posts that don’t involve me talking directly to professional network installers, home DIY’ers, or gadget-obsessed tech fans. Today, it’s time for the working musicians to listen up. Yes, I’m talking to all of you guys (and girls) who pack up your gear and instruments, stuff them into the backs of your cars and vans, and set it all up someplace else, so that you can rock the worlds of music-loving followers who pack into bars, live music venues, and outdoor festivals every weekend.
While I can’t do anything to reduce the wear and tear that you might feel from taking your show on the road, I can recommend something that will make travel a little less painful (and dangerous) for your power conditioners, equalizers, rack tuners, and patchbays: Shock Rack Cases from Gator. These aren’t your standard polyethylene road cases – they have rubber shock absorbers in each corner to cradle your electronics, and absorb the impact of drops, jolts, and plain old road vibration.
One of the really great features of Gator’s polyethylene Shock Rack Cases is that they’re ATA compliant, so that even if you have to fly with your rack mounted gear, you can relax during the flight, because you’ll know that the equipment will stay safe on the plane, and be stage-ready as soon as you land. Shock Rack Cases also have locking lids to keep things secure, and their recessed side handles make them easy to pick up when you need to move your gear around.
Those of you outdoor adventurer types who like to take photographic equipment and other electronics down rivers, up mountains, and across deserts have probably found that the same natural elements you love being in touch with can wreak havoc on electronics. Even in the smallest doses, water, dirt, sand, salt, weather, and even animals can render valuable cameras and communications useless very quickly.
You can’t very well leave your camera at home (don’t miss out on those photo ops), and you need to have cell phones and walkie-talkies on hand to communicate with other people in your group (nobody get lost, now), so your best bet it to protect your traveling electronics with B&W outdoor cases.
These completely watertight and dust-tight cases stand up to shock and exposure to chemicals, and are made of corrosion-proof ABS plastic, so you never have to worry about anything rusting out. And if, in your travels, you have elevation changes to consider, that’s no problem – B&W’s outdoor cases have built-in pressure equalization valves, so activities like plane flights and mountain climbing won’t cause the cases to pop open from air pressure buildup.
Another great feature of these specialty outdoor cases is that they’re available with fully customizable foam inserts, which can be uniquely configured so that they perfectly cradle you equipment – there’s no danger of it knocking around loose inside the case. And if security is an issue, you even have the option of padlocking B&W cases, thanks to their sturdy, built-in padlock eyes. And you’re not even limited to carrying them around by their handles, briefcase-style. If hands-free is your idea of the way to go, just go with the optional backpack accessory, which allows you to transform your B&W case into a backpack when it’s time to hit the hiking trail.