I was going to buy this: http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Backpack-DSLR-Cameras-Accessories/dp/B002VPE1WK/ref=pd_cp_p_0
Then I just came across this, and think it might be a better choice to allow me to keep everything more accessible: http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Large-Gadget-Orange-interior/dp/B00CF5OHZ2/ref=pd_cp_p_0/177-0194371-0303366
Obviously it's not in the same league as something like a PortaBrace or Petrol, but neither is it priced as such. I don't want to spend more than 50 bucks on a bag, and I think this might do it. I really like that all the dividers can be moved. The tablet pocket looks like it could be a good spot for mics.
Here's the gear it would be holding:
Mics: Line Audio CM3, Naiant X-Q (both are tiny and in their own little Pelican case right now)
Dead Muppets for the CM3s
Shure FP24 (MixPre)
Naiant tinybox w/ P48 adaptor and charger
Cables: 15' snaked XLR pair; 6' separate pair, 6' mini stereo, 9" mini stereo
AA batteries and charger
My NOS mic mount, which just fits into a zippered cash bag: http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=169881.0
The mic mount and FP24 are the biggest items, and and I'm thinking the mount can just lay on top of everything. I do not have right-angle cables so for now I would need some extra inches on the left side of the FP24.
Does this look like it would be a safe buy, or does anyone have any better (still cheap) recommendations?
The other avenue I was looking into was a small Pelican attache case to hold the mics, preamps and recorder, and that I would slide into the large compartment of my regular old REI backpack I'm using now, and continue to use the smaller pockets for the cables, batteries, clamp, etc. That seems like it would take me even longer to set up though, with a big case inside a big bag so I'm not crazy about that idea.