SKB 88-Note Padded Keyboard Gigbag
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SKB Rolling Keyboard bags offer heavy duty protection in a light weight soft case These padded rolling bags make premium keyboard luggage, featuring molded rubber handles, 3 storage compartments, reinforced corners, and a 2 inch thick foam padded lid to protect the key surface. Other features include folding hard sides for easy packing and shipping, skate wheels, metal hardware, molded runners and a shoulder hands free strap on the back. Available in 61, 76 or 88-key models SKB KB61: 45.00 x 17 x 6.5 inches (LxWxD), 12.6 lbs. SKB KB76: 47.50 x 14 x 6.5 inches (LxWxD), 13.4 lbs SKB KB88: 57.00 x 18 x 9.0 inches (LxWxD), 18.0 lbs AmericanMusical com is an authorized dealer of SKB products.
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(Note: I have a Yamaha MO8).
The bag arrived folded in half, and took several days to lose its compressed shape, never quite getting straight. The way the bag is made (to fold for shipping!) leaves it with absolutely NO center-support, hence, it "sags" when you've got your keyboard in there. This means the keyboard really has no support.
The outer walls of the bag are "supported" with cheap balsa wood inserts (that you put in yourself!) This creates the illusion of a sturdy product, but it is not.
The size of the bag makes it difficult to carry by the handles, which are also not placed well for carrying (unless you're 6'2"). The casters are too small to really make a difference except in carpeted situations. If you go over sidewalks, curbs, stairs, etc, try a different product.
The bag's design makes it especially challenging to port the keyboard UP stairs.
No bottom handle for easy loading.
My bag arrived with a manufacturing defect, too: internal seams were not completely sewn together exposing the foam.
Everything about this bag is cheap. If you're someone that hauls out their rig twice a year to the park, this case might work for you.
I would NOT recommend this product.
> Exterior material is hardy. Handles firmly attached.
> Perfectly sized for Yamaha MO8.
> Thick top-padding
> interchangeable interior padding.
> cheap materials elsewhere
> casters to small
> bag sags and bows when picked up
> no bottom handle - hard to load
> size makes it hard to carry with weight - could use better placement of handles and better casters.
> bag design has no central support.
IS BLACK **REALLY** THE ONLY COLOR YOU CAN THINK OF?!?!?
- It is very well padded. Has thick padding in the the bottom, sides, and cover. Also comes with a few removable pieces of padding inside to accommodate larger keyboards (I use a Roland Fantom which is bigger than most keyboards, but also a Kawaii Stage Piano for smaller gigs)
- It has ample pocket space for wires, pedals, direct box, etc...
- It has a very sturdy strap and you can wear over the shoulder like a messenger bag, and drag the bag behind you, so its kind of like wearing a backpack and the keyboard wheels behind you.
- Rollerskate wheels that so far have been sturdy
- Has strong plastic track on the bottom, makes loading in and out of my SUV easy
- Less than a month after I started using it, I noticed that some of the stitching is starting to rip.
- The zipper pocket on the front has three compartments but 1 long zipper, the "stitching" that separates the three compartments pulled out pretty quickly. (the pocket still works just fine, its just one long pocket now)
- Its probably not going to last much longer
It's a fine keyboard case. I gig pretty much every week, and wanted a soft case, since some hard cases weigh more than the keyboard. I probably beat this case up more than it was designed for, but almost 1 year in, its still in decent, not great, shape.
I'm in the market now for a new case, since I'm pretty sure this wont last much longer, but as I said I use it A LOT. Once I get a new case, this one will be used in storage (I have a total of 5 88-key keyboards) so this one will become a cover for one of my ones in my storage locker, and that will be just fine. Still usable enough when I need too.
If you are going to use this frequently, this is probably not the case for you. If you need something for once in a while transport, then it is perfect, and a decent price.
I wish the case lasted me longer, but I absolutely do not regret my purchase.
February 2015 update:
The keyboard case has gone to the great beyond. it is now in storage covering an old keyboard. The wheels (and wheel housing) is completely destroyed, and the seams are ripping. got only 12 months of use out of it.
I tried several times, and was barely, barely able to squeeze it in. The edges of the keyboard were visibly sticking out against the case, and in order to even jam the keyboard in there, it was necessary to take the padding on the wheels out, so that the keyboard was riding directly on top of the wheels.
This would not have been an issue, except that the SKB website for this case says that it fits the Yamaha Motif ES8, listed there as 57.375". However, it doesn't fit my Motif XF8, which is listed as smaller than the ES8 (56.625")!
So, I returned the case.
Conclusion: if your keyboard is a few inches smaller than a Motif, great, this case is a cost-effective way to get padded protection, and it comes with lots of extra pads to help secure smaller boards. But don't try it with a Motif, as you'll be just as paranoid carrying it around in the case as you would be on its own.
My only complaint is with the pads that are in the case. Which they were more secure than with the minimal amount of velcro in place. They seem to want to come out easily.
That being said for the price this fits the bill very nicely.