The first time I played a musical gig, I didn’t have a keyboard case. So loading the keyboard in my car and carrying it inside was a big chore. Making sure it didn’t get broken or scratched was hard, and the large keyboard was just awkward to carry. And it didn’t look very professional at all to drag a keyboard up the steps and inside without a case.
I quickly got a brand new case, only to discover it wasn’t a perfect fit. But with some extra padding and some cloth, I had a great-fitting case that kept my keyboard safe and made it easier to carry.
Finding the right keyboard case for your needs may take a little effort, but we’re here to help. Here are our favorite six keyboard cases.
The Snigjat 61 Key Keyboard case will fit most of the popular brands of 61 key keyboards. Of course, you’ll need to check your keyboard’s dimensions to make sure it fits before you purchase it. The padded, adjustable shoulder straps make it easy to carry as a handbag or wear as a backpack, which is great if you have extra gear to bring along. It is waterproof and dustproof to keep your keyboard clean and dry. It’s also lightweight so that it won’t weigh you down any more than absolutely necessary. There are three large external pockets to fit your accessories, such as cables, pedals, and power chords.
The Gator Cases Gig bags are designed for a variety of keyboard sizes, so you’ll need to know which keyboard you have. The exterior is made from durable nylon, and the interior is well-padded to keep your keyboard safe from bumps and scratches. In addition, these cases include a large external pocket for your accessories, such as your power cable and music.
The Tosnail 61-note keyboard gig bag will fit most typical 61-key keyboards. This is an extremely lightweight waterproof bag. It has two zipper pulls, so you can open the keyboard from the middle or the end. It features two large external pockets for your accessories.
Crossrock Cases have been making instrument cases for 20 years to protect your instrument. This hard case will protect your keyboard while traveling and going from gig to gig. This keyboard case is designed with a hard, thin outer shell with customizable foam inserts so your keyboard will fit snuggly. Of course, you need to check the dimensions to make sure yours will fit.
The Akozlin Keybaord Gig bag is a fully padded, water-resistant gig bag. This model is made for slim 88-key keyboards, but other models are available. The case features a professional, trim look with lots of interior padding to protect your valuable equipment. In addition, there are two large exterior pockets to hold your accessories, such as your power cable or your music.
This case can be carried at your side with the reinforced, comfortable handles or as a backpack with the adjustable straps.
The Donner 61 Key keyboard case is sturdy and waterproof to keep your keyboard safe and sound when traveling to gigs. The soft lining and foam are 10mm thick to absorb shocks and bumps and to prevent scrratches. This case is designed for 61-key keyboards.
There are all kinds of keyboard cases available, but you need to find the one that fits your situation. First of all, what is your purpose for the gig bag? Will you be traveling long distances or just going to local gigs? Will you use your keyboard case to store your keyboard? With so many questions to answer, we took a look at a few criteria that we think will help you pick the best case for your situation.
The first thing you need to consider is the size of your keyboard. Keyboard cases are made for specific lengths of keyboards: 61 key, 76 key, and 88 key or 88 slim keys. But this is just a starting point. Once you know how many keys your keyboard has, you’ll need to check the dimensions to make sure it will fit inside the case you want.
You’ll need to measure your keyboard's length, width, and height. The more snuggly it fits into your case (without forcing it), the better protected your keyboard will be. If you can’t find the right size case, you may need to go up a size and add extra padding.
You don’t want your keyboard to wiggle around inside the case. Movement makes the keyboard more prone to breakage. So if your keyboard doesn’t fit exactly, you can add extra foam padding to make it fit.
Also, don’t force your keyboard into a case that is too small. This could cause damage to the knobs, sliders, and keys.
Here are some examples of keyboards that you might be carrying in your gig bag.
Every keyboard case needs good padding. The padding helps protect the keyboard from bumps and shocks. It also keeps the keyboard from banging around inside the case. Padding should be made of soft but dense foam so that it holds the keyboard securely without scratching it.
How you carry your keyboard, in its case, is very individual to you. Some keyboard cases are designed to be held in one hand, like a handbag or briefcase. Others are designed to fit over your shoulder, and still, others are made to be worn as a backpack. Ideally, you’ll have a case that gives you options for carrying in case your arm or back gets tired or you also need to take additional equipment.
It isn’t fun to have to carry loads of bags, boxes, and items into a gig. But, on the other hand, it looks more professional to have fewer cases and bags so you can just walk in and quickly set up. So look for a case with an external pocket or pockets to hold your peripheral items, such as your foot pedals, headphones,cables, and sheet music.
Pockets are essential because you don’t want to squeeze other items into the case with your keyboard since you might damage it.
You want your keyboard case to last for gig after gig. The more gigs you are doing, the more sturdy you’ll need your case to be. Also, if you are traveling long distances, you’ll need a sturdier case than if you are just staying close to home.
If the case isn’t durable enough, your keyboard could risk falling if the straps break or even falling out of a broken case.
If you are taking your keyboard in and out of the house or studio, you may want to consider a case made with waterproof or water-resistant material. Of course, the case probably isn’t going to be completely waterproof, but you might want waterproof material that will keep your keyboard from getting soaked in the rain and protect your accessories, too.
So while you won’t be able to take your keyboard for a swim, you’ll at least have that extra protection if you get caught in the rain.
If the weight of your keyboard is hard for you to carry, you might not want a very heavy keyboard case. On the other hand, extremely lightweight cases probably won’t be as durable or as protective. Even if you have a case that has wheels, you might still have to carry your case and keyboard over rough roads, carpeting, or up stairs, so make sure that it is a manageable weight for you.
Remember, you’ll be carrying both the weight of the case and the weight of your keyboard.
If you’ll be traveling long distances, packing your keyboard with lots of other gear, or storing your keyboard in less than ideal places, you might be better off with a hard case. It will offer a little extra protection even. The downside of hard cases is that they are much more expensive than soft cases, and your keyboard needs to be a more close fit. If the keyboard is too big, forcing the case closed could break it.
On the other hand, soft cases rely on the padding to keep the keyboard protected. So you can’t stack anything on top of a soft case because it could still damage the keyboard. However, soft cases are less expensive and usually lighter than a hard case. And they have a little bit more give to them so that if the keyboard is not a perfect fit, it’s less likely to cause damage.
Some keyboard cases are lockable and have built-in locks that you can use to keep your keyboard safe. Unfortunately, none of the keyboard cases on our list have built-in locks. However, most of them can be locked by threading a thin chain or lock through the zippers.
Some cases will come with wheels, which will save your back and make them easier to take from place to place. Hard cases are more likely to have wheels, but there are a few soft cases that do, as well. However, you may still need to carry your case even if it has wheels, so make sure you choose one that is manageable for you.
You’ll need to balance the cost of your keyboard case with the cost of your keyboard. It would be silly to put a keyboard that cost several thousand dollars into a cheap case that doesn’t keep it safe. But, on the other hand, it is also foolish to put a cheap keyboard into a very expensive case.
However, what you spend is a personal decision. Naturally, you’ll want to protect your investment, so make sure you spend the amount that is comfortable to you and protects your keyboard well.
There is a clear standout among all of these excellent keyboard cases. We love the
AKOZLIN 88-Key Full Padded Keyboard Gig Bag.
First of all, it has the most professional appearance. It looks neat and tidy and keeps all of your items neat and tidy, as well. It has a neutral color and will fit a variety of situations, from rock star to wedding player, so you’ll be able to fit in no matter what venue you happen to be playing.
We also love the heavy-duty, weather-resistant Nylon material. This will keep the rain off of your keyboard, but since it’s a soft bag, you can adjust it with extra padding as needed. You don’t have to worry about breaking your keyboard if it isn’t a perfect fit.
This model is designed for slim fit, 88 key keyboards, but there are models that will fit 49, 61, and 76 key keyboards, as well.
We also like the adjustable straps so you can carry it on your back like a backpack or carry it one hand if needed.
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