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Title: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: ycoop on June 13, 2018, 05:43:05 PM
This question is directed at those using full bodied SDCs, not actives or AT853/CA14 sized mics.

I used the box that came with my Avantone CK-1s and it worked nicely, especially as the width of the two placed side by side longwise fit perfectly into my backpack and it allowed me to easily pack the additional caps and shockmoints. I do anticipate moving to a dedicated gear bag and the boxes aren’t light. What’s your approach?
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: aaronji on June 13, 2018, 05:49:26 PM
A lot of people use cigar caddies. Personally, I use a Pelican box with pick-n-pluck foam. My mics have quite small bodies, though, so I can use a rather small Pelican.
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: pohaku on June 13, 2018, 06:56:22 PM
Small Pelican cases.  They work great.
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: vanark on June 13, 2018, 10:14:24 PM
Cigar caddy for the bodies, small Pelican case with pick n pluck foam for the caps.
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: opsopcopolis on June 13, 2018, 11:20:26 PM
Cigar Caddy since day one. Love it
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: obaaron on June 13, 2018, 11:28:13 PM
Cigar caddies.....ive got one that holds one set of mics, and another that holds 2 sets. Works great
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: rocksuitcase on June 13, 2018, 11:41:55 PM
Have a cigar caddy, it doesn't do it for me.
We used to use a pistol case, but recently went with this poor man's Pelican (lol) an Auray (less than $20 at BnH)
here's a before and after the pick n pluck also showing the pistol case
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: ycoop on June 14, 2018, 02:52:26 AM
Have a cigar caddy, it doesn't do it for me.
We used to use a pistol case, but recently went with this poor man's Pelican (lol) an Auray (less than $20 at BnH)
here's a before and after the pick n pluck also showing the pistol case

Is the Auray soft shell? Seems a bit precarious for capsules.

Can you say what about the cigar caddies doesn’t work well for you?
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: morst on June 14, 2018, 04:09:34 AM
I could not find a cigar caddy I liked for my KM184-sized mics, so I went to a container store and got cheap clear plastic boxes with hinged lids and cheap snap latches, and added some brown paper padding from a recent parcel. Approx $3 each, they measure 3.25" x 4.5" x 1"

I travel with them inside a PortaBrace, so they won't come open, but these are certainly not rugged in any sense. I just need to protect the mics from each other so they don't get any (more) dings!
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: rocksuitcase on June 14, 2018, 06:47:36 AM
Have a cigar caddy, it doesn't do it for me.
We used to use a pistol case, but recently went with this poor man's Pelican (lol) an Auray (less than $20 at BnH)
here's a before and after the pick n pluck also showing the pistol case

Is the Auray soft shell? Seems a bit precarious for capsules.

Can you say what about the cigar caddies doesn’t work well for you?
It's pretty sturdy when closed. sort of like those headphone cases for Bose headphones-soft but protective- the outside is a cordura like material.
I didn't like how tight the cigar caddy was around the caps. Plus, I didn't like the fit for our bodies with the knuckles attached. translation- our mics were too large for the cigar caddy I own.
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: goodcooker on June 14, 2018, 07:52:54 AM

I've used a memory foam lined fly tackle box for a dozen years. Had to super glue in some rubber window gasket to keep the mics separated but it works perfectly.

Whatever you end up using the most important thing is that you cover it in stickers and backstage passes...

Also used a Pelican case (I think the 1600) for my AKG 460s and multiple capsules. This would be a good solution for your Avantones that are roughly the same size. You can get off brand ones cheaper at the big chain outdoors stores.
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: rigpimp on June 14, 2018, 12:14:35 PM
I use a Tupperware sandwich container with all of my vials tightly wrapped in a micro-fleece cloth
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: nak700s on June 14, 2018, 02:50:01 PM
I use a travel cigar case for my mics, which I love.  What I'd like, is a hard-shell case that I can line with a thin layer of dense foam to put my SD 744T in, and take up less bag space than wrapping it in a towel, as well one for my SD 302.  Sturdy plastic cases would be wonderful... Does anyone use such a thing that they can recommend?
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: ycoop on June 14, 2018, 04:45:39 PM
Thanks for all the input. I’m going to check out the local military surplus store to see if they have anything useful. I’m thinking a cigar caddy for the mic bodies and then a hard shell case from the surplus store+replacement foam for the caps.
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: aaronji on June 14, 2018, 04:53:59 PM
I use a travel cigar case for my mics, which I love.  What I'd like, is a hard-shell case that I can line with a thin layer of dense foam to put my SD 744T in, and take up less bag space than wrapping it in a towel, as well one for my SD 302.  Sturdy plastic cases would be wonderful... Does anyone use such a thing that they can recommend?

Some of the dedicated audio bags have built-in shell-like systems, foam, and rigid frames.  They are not cheap, though.  I am blocking on brands at the moment.  Maybe Orca?
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: nak700s on June 14, 2018, 04:55:07 PM
Thanks for all the input. I’m going to check out the local military surplus store to see if they have anything useful. I’m thinking a cigar caddy for the mic bodies and then a hard shell case from the surplus store+replacement foam for the caps.

The travel cigar cases come in many sizes, so you can get one that would accommodate the bodies and caps.  Mine can hold my 4 mics, as well as spare caps if I want.  You can also carve out the foam if needed.  Just to get an idea of the many offered, go on ebay and look, just enter 4 cigar travel humidor (as an example).
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: nak700s on June 14, 2018, 05:01:41 PM
I use a travel cigar case for my mics, which I love.  What I'd like, is a hard-shell case that I can line with a thin layer of dense foam to put my SD 744T in, and take up less bag space than wrapping it in a towel, as well one for my SD 302.  Sturdy plastic cases would be wonderful... Does anyone use such a thing that they can recommend?

Some of the dedicated audio bags have built-in shell-like systems, foam, and rigid frames.  They are not cheap, though.  I am blocking on brands at the moment.  Maybe Orca?

I have a Petrol Bag, which is amazing, but there are times when it is more of a hassle than a benefit, and I have to use a back pack.  For those times, I'm looking for more protective cases for the 744T and the 302.   Yes, Orca and Porto brace are other great bags as well.  This weekend, for Dead & Co., I need to use a backpack because it's much easier to lug around between the train and the stadium...
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: aaronji on June 14, 2018, 05:10:57 PM
I also have a Petrol, but it has a lot less structure than an Orca (at least mine, which is basically a soft-sided bag with some padding and I can suspend the recorder a bit).

You can probably find a suitably sized Pelican case, as they come in a million sizes.  They are also rather pricey, though.  Solid, however, as I think you could run the ones that came with my DPA matched pairs over with a truck with no damage...
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: nak700s on June 14, 2018, 05:26:36 PM
I also have a Petrol, but it has a lot less structure than an Orca (at least mine, which is basically a soft-sided bag with some padding and I can suspend the recorder a bit).

You can probably find a suitably sized Pelican case, as they come in a million sizes.  They are also rather pricey, though.  Solid, however, as I think you could run the ones that came with my DPA matched pairs over with a truck with no damage...

The Petrol that I have has pretty hard sides, and the inserts are also strong, so it's great when it's convenient to use, which is most of the time.  Other times, it's all about a backpack...that that's too soft to protect equipment.
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: noahbickart on June 14, 2018, 09:41:14 PM
I also have a Petrol, but it has a lot less structure than an Orca (at least mine, which is basically a soft-sided bag with some padding and I can suspend the recorder a bit).

You can probably find a suitably sized Pelican case, as they come in a million sizes.  They are also rather pricey, though.  Solid, however, as I think you could run the ones that came with my DPA matched pairs over with a truck with no damage...

The Petrol that I have has pretty hard sides, and the inserts are also strong, so it's great when it's convenient to use, which is most of the time.  Other times, it's all about a backpack...that that's too soft to protect equipment.

You might look at a backpack designed for photographers. I use a tamrac with great success.
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: H₂O on June 16, 2018, 09:28:40 PM
I have since around 2002 transport my rig fully assembled.  I currently have my bodies inside pipe foam and my caps I always put on top in there windscreens.


Never had an issues transporting this way.


When I do run full bodies (when running m221's or m260's) I use a Schoeps wooden box - or the TFunk wooden boxes.
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: ycoop on June 18, 2018, 12:38:22 AM
In case anyone was wondering (which you probably weren't) I went with a cigar caddy for the bodies+one set of attached capsules and then a pelican 1050 case along with a piece of pick and pluck foam for the additional capsules  and shockmounts. Will be much lighter and lower profile than the two wooden boxes.

Thanks for the input.
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: MBHOTAPER on June 18, 2018, 05:07:02 PM
I also have a Petrol, but it has a lot less structure than an Orca (at least mine, which is basically a soft-sided bag with some padding and I can suspend the recorder a bit).

You can probably find a suitably sized Pelican case, as they come in a million sizes.  They are also rather pricey, though.  Solid, however, as I think you could run the ones that came with my DPA matched pairs over with a truck with no damage...

The Petrol that I have has pretty hard sides, and the inserts are also strong, so it's great when it's convenient to use, which is most of the time.  Other times, it's all about a backpack...that that's too soft to protect equipment.

You might look at a backpack designed for photographers. I use a tamrac with great success.
Last couple of years my backpack has become an issue at the gates due to increased security especially at arenas and stadiums. I stated  using this portabrace DSLR dimensions are 13x6 x12 and meets the 12x12x6 requirements if you don't stuff it.
https://m.ebay.com/itm/PortaBrace-SL-DSLRB-Camera-Bag-Retail-249-Sell-49-99-FREE-SHIPPING-Brand-New/192465906109?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D2b2c51b195a64d249532d7df003f011f%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D11%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D222536419795%26itm%3D192465906109&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Ada006920-7339-11e8-b1a7-74dbd18078c4%7Cparentrq%3A14add6241640a9cae3ae0a76ffe9e7a8%7Ciid%3A1
For the mics I use the mad toto xl hard case for glass (7x3x3).
https://madtoto.com/shop/x-large-tube-case/?attribute_color=Purple&gclid=CjwKCAjwsJ3ZBRBJEiwAtuvtlPinIOEbqHWRLwMavZHtQQHSvx-uwXJhVLrO2qy2mu0K9WPAOfh9JRoCRpEQAvD_BwE
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: aaronji on June 19, 2018, 09:22:50 AM
In case anyone was wondering (which you probably weren't) I went with a cigar caddy for the bodies+one set of attached capsules and then a pelican 1050 case along with a piece of pick and pluck foam for the additional capsules  and shockmounts. Will be much lighter and lower profile than the two wooden boxes.

As a note of caution, see this thread (http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=78025.0) about the pick-n-pluck and capsules.  I have used it for a long time now with no issues (with caps attached to bodies), as have others here, but perhaps worth keeping in mind...

Other times, it's all about a backpack...that that's too soft to protect equipment.

How about one of those backpacks specially made for laptops?  The 744T is obviously not exactly laptop shaped, but maybe you can find one that works?
Title: Re: How do you transport caps and mic bodies?
Post by: ycoop on June 19, 2018, 11:05:22 AM
In case anyone was wondering (which you probably weren't) I went with a cigar caddy for the bodies+one set of attached capsules and then a pelican 1050 case along with a piece of pick and pluck foam for the additional capsules  and shockmounts. Will be much lighter and lower profile than the two wooden boxes.

As a note of caution, see this thread (http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=78025.0) about the pick-n-pluck and capsules.  I have used it for a long time now with no issues (with caps attached to bodies), as have others here, but perhaps worth keeping in mind...

Other times, it's all about a backpack...that that's too soft to protect equipment.

How about one of those backpacks specially made for laptops?  The 744T is obviously not exactly laptop shaped, but maybe you can find one that works?

Thanks for the heads up about the foam. Turns out that I miscalculated dimensions and the capsules won’t fit securely in the foam when the shockmounts are in place. I’m going to try out fitting the capsules in the cigar caddy.

Edit:
Final setup. Wrapped the extra foam in gaffer’s tape to mitigate risk of static buildup. Anyone have any ideas for keeping those foam pieces in place in the cigar caddy?
(https://i.imgur.com/AmgUERt.jpg)