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Protec PRO PAC Screwbell French Horn Case  

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Accommodates detachable bell French horns. Durable 1,000-denier nylon exterior is water and abrasion resistant. Roomy exterior pocket with built-in organizer. Brass-plated hardware. High-quality YKK z... Click To Read More About This Product

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Accommodates detachable bell French horns. Durable 1,000-denier nylon exterior is water and abrasion resistant. Roomy exterior pocket with built-in organizer. Brass-plated hardware. High-quality YKK zippers. Inside it features a lightweight shock-absorbing frame and a soft velvoa lining for instrument and finish protection. Padded handle grip is secured by Velcro. Shoulder strap included.

Features
  • Accommodates detachable bell French horns
  • Durable 1,000-denier nylon exterior is water and abrasion resistant
  • Roomy exterior pocket with built-in organizer
  • Brass-plated hardware
  • High-quality YKK zippers
  • Inside it features a lightweight shock-absorbing frame and a soft velvoa lining for instrument and finish protection
  • Padded handle grip is secured by Velcro
Specifications
  • Height: 20"
    Width: 17"
    Depth: 12"
    Weight: 9 lbs.
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ProtecPRO PAC Screwbell French Horn Case
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The case is incredible

The case is fairly light weight and is lighter/easier to carry than the stock Yamaha screw bell case. Lots of storage for music folder, tuner, oil, etc. The horn is very...Read complete review

The case is fairly light weight and is lighter/easier to carry than the stock Yamaha screw bell case. Lots of storage for music folder, tuner, oil, etc. The horn is very well protected by the hard sides and generous foam padding. Converts easily from backpack to shoulder strap or use one of the two carrying handles. I looked at other cases but found them to be flimsy. Very generous in padding but short on rigidity and protection. Negative - no room to store 1 or two mutes.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not a bad case for the money IF it fits your horn.

In general, the case is designed fairly well (other than the fact that there's no room for mutes) and appears to be reasonably well made for the money. The horn compartment is well...Read complete review

In general, the case is designed fairly well (other than the fact that there's no room for mutes) and appears to be reasonably well made for the money. The horn compartment is well padded and the case is more rigid and offers more protection than, for example, the Marcus Bona flight case, which costs 3 times as much. There's also a music pocket in the back which will easily hold oversized folders, and a smallish compartment in the front for accessories.The BIG problem is the fact that it only fits horns with larger bodies and with bells that are cut relatively far down (closer to the rim). Specifically, the bell flare can't be more than 5 inches high, and the inner diameter at the screw ring must be at least 3 inches. As a result, neither my Paxman 25 (custom fitted with an E. Schmid screw ring), nor my Yamaha 668D will fit. Conversely, while the bell section is too small, the compartment that holds the body of the horn has too much room, allowing all but the largest horns to shift around in the case. Protec ought to either come up with a system for customizing the case to hold a wider variety of horns (by including movable pads, for example), or they should offer an alternate version for horns with taller bell flares.

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5.0

Perfect size and weight

By hunt3

from Dallas, Texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Carry
  • Good Protection
  • Light weight
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday
    • Practicing
    • Travel

    Comments about Protec PRO PAC Screwbell French Horn Case:

    With limited selections for removable bell French Horns, I was very surprised how well this product secures and protects my horn. Light weight construction also makes it easy for travel and daily use.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Does the job

    By Mary Ann

    from Tucson, AZ

    Comments about Protec PRO PAC Screwbell French Horn Case:

    The case is very bulky; one person thought I had a snare drum with me. However, my horn has a large wrap and I needed the least expensive solution to having it bang around in the car in a gig bag. I've had to put a towel in the case with the horn to take up extra space, which again is not a huge detriment. I don't like the outside small pocket because it seems like it could become unzipped and everything fall out without my knowing it. I'll probably put a small bag of my oils etc inside the case because there is room, instead of trusting the zippered compartment. I haven't used the folder slot but it looks like a folder would fit. However, since my mute will not fit, I'll continue to carry the folder in the same messenger bag that I carry the mute in. All in all, this was better than spending $600 on a case, which was my other choice, and it will be protected in the car better than it was.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great case for the $$$

    By Steve

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Carry
    • Good Protection
    • Sturdy
    • Stylish

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Everyday
    • Practicing

    Comments about Protec PRO PAC Screwbell French Horn Case:

    Coming from using an Alteri gig bag, the Protec offers substantially greater protection. It is a little bulky but only when compared to the compact MB or the other Protec screw bell case. It is probably too thick to fit in a plane's overhead bid. Otherwise, it is about as good as it can be. The main compartment will easily accommodate large wraps. I was concerned if it would hold my Lawson Fourier – about as large as it gets, and it even necessitated using one of the Alteri pads to secure the horn. I can carry both mutes, my straight mute fits, but just barely, in the exterior accessory pouch – zipped closed, and my stop mute fits great in the main compartment, even wrapped in a chamois. I keep my small accessories (valve oils and slide grease) in a drawstring bag that rests in the bell. The zippered music pocket accommodates a large folder. Nice thing about the backpack option, over the Alteri, is that you keep the music pocket zipped closed. The Alteri straps were attached inside the music pocket so you had to keep it open. The shoulder strap works great. However, it is designed to be carried oriented in an upright position as pictured, as there are only the D-rings are on either side of the top handle. This orientation can make it hang a little low. To hang it oriented on its side, which I prefer, I simply attached a medium-sized carabiner and ring assembly to the backpack strap attachment loop.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A good case but it's not a backpack

    By Nelson

    from Mountain View, CA

    Comments about Protec PRO PAC Screwbell French Horn Case:

    I bought this case thinking it was a backpack. It came with one long strap and it isn't clear where to hook it. The case is also a bit larger than it needs to be. I have a Conn8d and there is a lot of empty space. I wish there were a way to zip the case down to a smaller size like the expansion zippers on luggage. Over all it is a very sturdy case and good protection for the horn, especially important now that my daughter is playing the horn too.

    (9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not a bad case for the money IF it fits your horn.

    By zim

    from Massachusetts

    Comments about Protec PRO PAC Screwbell French Horn Case:

    In general, the case is designed fairly well (other than the fact that there's no room for mutes) and appears to be reasonably well made for the money. The horn compartment is well padded and the case is more rigid and offers more protection than, for example, the Marcus Bona flight case, which costs 3 times as much. There's also a music pocket in the back which will easily hold oversized folders, and a smallish compartment in the front for accessories.The BIG problem is the fact that it only fits horns with larger bodies and with bells that are cut relatively far down (closer to the rim). Specifically, the bell flare can't be more than 5 inches high, and the inner diameter at the screw ring must be at least 3 inches. As a result, neither my Paxman 25 (custom fitted with an E. Schmid screw ring), nor my Yamaha 668D will fit. Conversely, while the bell section is too small, the compartment that holds the body of the horn has too much room, allowing all but the largest horns to shift around in the case. Protec ought to either come up with a system for customizing the case to hold a wider variety of horns (by including movable pads, for example), or they should offer an alternate version for horns with taller bell flares.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent case

    By Skip Snead

    from Tuscaloosa, AL

    Comments about Protec PRO PAC Screwbell French Horn Case:

    This is an excellent case at any price, but the cost makes it even better. It is sturdy, well made and provides more storage room for music than most other competitive cases.

    (12 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    passable but not great

    By B. A. Goodwin

    from New York, NY

    Comments about Protec PRO PAC Screwbell French Horn Case:

    I got this case for my screw bell horn before college so I wouldn't need the factory suitcase style box. It does everything you would need a case to do - it is sturdy and easy to use with a large pocket for music, however the stitching easily comes loose and the zipper has ripped at the seam on the side. The main problems (besides quality control issues) are that there is no space for even a single mute and it is much too large.

    (33 of 57 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great case!

    By Chelsey-N_aLT

    from Texas

    Comments about Protec PRO PAC Screwbell French Horn Case:

    I love this case! It offers great protection for your horn and the extra pockets are nifty and really come in handy. It's fairly light as well. This is an awesome case all around. I would definitely recommend it.

    (39 of 67 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Case!!!

    By Ben Reidhead

    from Colorado

    Comments about Protec PRO PAC Screwbell French Horn Case:

    This is an excellent case! The hard sides prevent nearly anything from denting the horn, and the body and bell of the horn are held very securely in the case by hard foam padding. I have no worries about my horn! You can carry the case in a multitude of ways, but the most convenient is with the backpack straps. There is ample space to carry music in. The front pocket of the case is large enough to carry a handful of pencils, oil, slide grease, and a spare mouthpiece. There is a very nice sorter for cards and pencils in the front pocket as well. A very, very nice case!

    (18 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good, BUT- Alex103s BEWARE!!

    By Kurt-aIB-c

    from Greater Hartford area, CT

    Comments about Protec PRO PAC Screwbell French Horn Case:

    Straps and Handles are convenient. Fantastic spacious rear pocket and handy front pouch. Well balanced when standing on side and bottom feet. Slung over one shoulder with single backpack strap, very natural and comfortable. Now to address the "Alex103" dilemma. I have a 1968 Alex 103 and had the bell cut in 1989 by a prominent Boston Horn Shop. I found that I could NOT fit my horn into this case. The leadpipe came out at a greater angle than the cutout of the case. My first and third F side slides also did not fit into the case! I tried repositioning the body of the horn every-which-way to no avail! Even with the slides pushed all the way in, it didn't fit! As I really liked everything else about the case, I decided to modify the inside of the case myself. I completed this by removing much of the velour, carving out the Styrofoam to fit my Alex, adding a thin layer of special foam to the bottom and sides and then regluing the velour back into place. My Alex now fits like a glove and no one would be able to tell that the case was modified!! A very snug fit and much better than new!! I would not suggest doing these modifications unless one is very handy and creative!! I believe that other horns would be perfectly fine in this case! In my opinion, the benefits and positive features of this case far outweighed the three hours of work it took to fit my Alex into it.

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