(Close Window)
Topic: Small close-up or strolling case pictures please - Who owns one of these cases?
Message: Posted by: Head Case (Jul 6, 2016 08:09PM)
I have seen a few people carrying a small metal close up case to jams. I really like it. It looks much like one of these.

http://www.leison911.com/ProductsPic/201261841518545.JPG

I am curious, if you use one. How you have things organized in there.. Did you get some foam and make sections? I am really interested in picking one of these up. I think they look small, sleek and super bond-ish professional. Especially the black ones with silver trim, or vise-versa.

I just want to see what all you can fit in there to help me get a feel for which size to pick up. I want to get one as small as possible, yet large enough to hold the things I need for strolling and a few extra one off items.

So, again, if you have one of these, use one of them or anything similar. Please, share your pictures. I would love to see your case! (And organizational skills! haha)

Thanks everyone!
Message: Posted by: jakeg (Jul 7, 2016 03:52AM)
You can find the cases in any large photograpy store such as B&H in NY & on line.
Message: Posted by: Head Case (Jul 8, 2016 09:26PM)
Id love to see some in person so I will go and check out one of the stores. that would be awesome... Ive tried like, laying my props out on the floor and measuring how much space it takes up, but I don't think that does it any justice. Im a little OCD, so I want to have foam in there that has cut outs for each prop like a spy-case in the movies. haha

Still trying to figure out how to pull that off, Plus when its closed and I'm carrying it I don't want coins flopping around in there and things to shift as it gets tossed around. that's the idea anyway.

that's why I am hoping someone has something similar and I can see a picture of how they have it set up. Im also going back n forth between pick a pluck foam, and doing multipul layers of a thin foam. Or if I should do a solid block of foam and try cutting out each slot with a craft knife.
Message: Posted by: Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse (Jul 9, 2016 02:45AM)
The pick and pluck will probably be the most versitile and can be changed at will. I have no idea about the layers but I wouldn't do a solid block. If you do it will take time to carve and is irreversible. Velcro is another option and allows you to put in pouches and purses. It can also be changed on a whim
Message: Posted by: jcrabtree2007 (Jul 11, 2016 02:38AM)
Harbor Freight Tools. You can get a silver or black case for about $25.00. http://www.harborfreight.com/18-in-x-6-in-x-13-in-silver-aluminum-case-62272.html . they also have one about half the size for $15.00. They are great.
Message: Posted by: novasteeple (Aug 9, 2017 11:06AM)
+1 for the Harbor Freight aluminum case. I bought a couple in black last weekend, and they're unbeatable for $29.99: https://www.harborfreight.com/18-in-x-6-in-x-13-in-black-aluminum-case-62271.html . Notably, they're the perfect depth for a vertical deck of cards.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Aug 9, 2017 06:48PM)
Yup! I'm a case "freak", too~! I've bought cases at Harbor Freight and similar places, and I agree they do have a good assortment, and their prices are reasonable. The case that I've been using for my 45 minute school show for the last 25 or 30 years came from a salesmen's luggage manufacturer in New York. It wasn't much more expensive than the Harbor Freight cases.

I suggest that you check out thrift shops. I have picked up a half dozen cases, such as old photographer's cases, at very reasonable prices (as little as a dollar or two!). Most of them were like new, or new! When I "usta" do hospitality suites for trade shows, I found the photographer type cases ideal. I could load my pockets, and park the case behind the bar.
Message: Posted by: novasteeple (Aug 11, 2017 11:36AM)
Harbor Freight has a 20% coupon on their home page for August 11-13, 2017, along with a free flashlight, batteries, and microfiber cloths:
https://www.harborfreight.com/
Message: Posted by: DaveGripenwaldt (Aug 11, 2017 06:13PM)
As to foam, look into "Cut Foam"; also available at camera shops, among other places.

They are thick foam sheets that have been pre-cut into small squares so, when in a case, you can remove some of the squares to leave you with a custom hole for your props. They won't be the exact shape of a given prop, but depending how small the squares are, you can get close enough.

Much easier than gouging out holes in solid foam.
Message: Posted by: novasteeple (Aug 11, 2017 06:22PM)
[quote]On Aug 11, 2017, DaveGripenwaldt wrote:
As to foam, look into "Cut Foam"; also available at camera shops, among other places.

They are thick foam sheets that have been pre-cut into small squares so, when in a case, you can remove some of the squares to leave you with a custom hole for your props. They won't be the exact shape of a given prop, but depending how small the squares are, you can get close enough.

Much easier than gouging out holes in solid foam. [/quote]

The Harbor Freight case above includes this type of foam, as well as dividers to use instead of the foam.
Message: Posted by: DaveGripenwaldt (Aug 11, 2017 06:22PM)
BTW, the foam is also known as "repositionable foam inserts"
Message: Posted by: dbolan (Dec 19, 2020 09:25PM)
I have something very similar - I got it at Home Depot, dividers are adjustable:

https://app.photobucket.com/u/DoubleBellybuster/p/2ede51b2-ac66-4fae-b3be-f86bcca6c088