Altieri has incorporated the advantages of a backpack with the necessities of brass instrument transport. The AL14 French Horn bag has its own special pockets designed for everything from mouthpieces to mutes. Nestled behind back and shoulders, instruments and accessories feel lighter to carry and are guarded by the body itself.
Standard bag with padded area for screwbell French Horns.
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Comments about Altieri AL14 Screwbell Horn Bag:
It's amazing the difference a case will make! Now the heaviest thing I have to lug around is my multiple folders full of music or a laptop bag. This case is so lightweight and portable that sometimes I wonder where I left my horn...when it's already hanging on my shoulder. I've had this Altieri gig bag since I bought my Conn 10DRS 12 years ago, and the durability is unquestionable. I've traveled overseas with my horn, and when I check my horn in the hard case, I often use the gig bag as a (funny looking) carry-on bag. It fits easily in the overhead compartment. The zipper, clasps and stitching are well up to the manhandling I've given it. The only sign of age is a grease ring on the inside of the screwbell pocket where the case touches the threads of the bell - cosmetic issue only. The overall design is like one of those "drop an egg" science experiments - super light weight, yet (while I wouldn't recommend it and haven't tried it) I think my horn could fall off of a moving truck and be little worse for the wear. Granted, I wouldn't want anything heavy to fall on top of it, and I would never send my horn through checked luggage in just the gig bag, but for every day use, it's what I need. The outer pocket is sized for a standard music folder. A folder also provides an extra layer of stability and protection. The backpack straps fold up into the music pocket. Inside, I carry a straight mute in the space between the lead pipe and the outer wrap. The bag comes with two adjustable pads. I fold one into this space to protect the horn from the mute, and I put the second on the other side of the leadpipe to protect from blows. There is a small internal pocket closed with velcro that holds one or two mouthpieces. I have a soft (deerskin) bag for all of my repair supplies that fits perfectly in the space underneath the bell. When I first ordered my bag from WWBW, I received on with a manufacturer defect. The service was great - I returned the bag and received a replacement bag very quickly after. I've been very satisfied ever since. I don't remember what I paid, but divide that by 12 hard years, and it doesn't even matter any more!
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