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Dennis Michael
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What about building them, Any suggestions, Plans on construction?
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procyonrising
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For me, Pelican cases are the best. They're waterproof and durable (good thing when traveling overseas!).

Oh, and Den, you can totally build a road case yourself; just don't expect the quality to be anywhere near the same. Measure how much space you'll need (be creative with the compartments) and design a box that'll fit everything.

Use 1/2 inch plywood. Get 2-inch wheels from Home Depot and drill them to the bottom but make sure you put in a couple of 2x4s to reinforce the wheels (they're the first things to break off). I think Home Depot also sells metal corners for you to attach over the wooden corners of your box. (Recommended, that's the second thing to break.)

Hope it helps...

New idea from a buddy, hypnotist James Song. When carrying smaller or more portable items, you can simply use coolers. Just have them painted black, stencil your name in white on the sides, add some foam insulation, and you're set.

The absolute best coolers to get are the ones with fabric covers that already look like bags. Just remove the label by cutting off the stitching. If you need a larger case, get a larger cooler. Coleman sells a really large model for under $100 (I think at Target, check http://www.target.com ). Rubbermaid has a 102-quart model that will probably pass as luggage ($90 at Target).

Either way, you can beat the hell out of it without worry; coolers have so much insulation nothing will get damaged (assuming you've put foam rubber around the delicate stuff).

One last point:

I don't carry around a lot of props anymore; I have my stuff sent UPS everywhere and let the promoter pick up the charges. However, I do recall there being limits on sizes of luggage if you're flying with your case(s). I know it's 70 pounds before you're charged a fee, but I'm not sure about the dimensions. If you're thinking about taking a case around with you via airplane, you'd do well to check out your airline's website for checked luggage restrictions (look for maximum dimensions allowed, then buy that size cooler or make that size box).

Last point:

Art supply stores sell heavy-duty pencil cases that look like really large Zip-loc bags. I'd glue one of these to the outside of the case and put in an itinerary whenever you travel (visible from the outside, but DO NOT include personal information; just your name and where you're going). I once drove Juliana Chen to a show in Florida; delayed considerably because her luggage (with her act inside) was lost.
Kline
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You all have great suggestions - but might I offer a bit of advice - you get what you pay for - I ship my show internationally on a regulare basis - if anyone should know cases, it me ! take a look at the body twister on http://www.magicaucion.com - used illusions page 2 - there is a show of a few form my warehouse - actually , there are now about 70 most of which are custom made.
Now - there are GREAT copmapnies out there - Encore, Anvil, Cabbage, Georgia Case, etc - keep in mind that you will need to get the case to you when it is copmplete and this coupld be expensive - we have cases that are 8 feet long and 5 feet high -the case alone was $2500.
For local transport( in your car or trailer ) find and use what you can, however, when another party is involved in moving your equipment, you'd better do your research.
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DaveWomach
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You can make your own. I've been doing this since day one. You can purchase everything at http://www.reliablehardware.com The people there are really helpful, and will answer all your questions on making them. This has saved me lots of money. I'm building cases now that other companies have quoted me $1,200 for, and I was able to make for around $500 and two full days of work.

I've also shipped this show to about 15 different countries over the past few years, and my props and cases are all holding up.

Hope this helps!

Dave
Kenny Dew-It
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Hello Justin - another choice is to find a local kitchen cabnet shop. Bring in your example and tell them the new size you want. They put on the "Formica" style cover in any color or texture and that way you can have color coded or unique paterns. They also have access to the hardware, flush mount handles-wheels-hinges. By having a cabnet shop fabricate it and has a little better chance to look more professional then if you did it yourself.
Tony S
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On 2005-06-05 14:02, DaveWomach wrote:
You can make your own. I've been doing this since day one. You can purchase everything at http://www.reliablehardware.com The people there are really helpful, and will answer all your questions on making them. This has saved me lots of money. I'm building cases now that other companies have quoted me $1,200 for, and I was able to make for around $500 and two full days of work.

I've also shipped this show to about 15 different countries over the past few years, and my props and cases are all holding up.

Hope this helps!

Dave


Thanks, Dave. This is a great site for ATA hardware.
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