The Futility of GigBags

January was an interesting month, (in fairness most months are in one way or another) but it was the high percentage of synths that came in with fairly severe damage from being transported in those soft padded keyboard bags popularly known as Gigbags.

These seem like a boon to musicians who have to carry their keyboards for any distance (like from a car to the stage?) but seem to be totally useless at actually protecting the synth from any serious blows which any form of transit can deliver. It seems to us that all that they protect the instrument from is scratches, which you would think was a good thing, except when your scratch-free synth has the Mod-wheel section smashed, and lost several keys on the keyboard, or had the numeric keypad section hit so hard that the underneath circuit board is broken. Also the amount of damage done to the plastic mouldings used on the face of most modern digital synths means that any attempt at resale will lead to a severe discount (everyone wants perfection right now).

Examples that came through the shop with Gigbag damage include an EX7, a Juno 60, a PSR620, and a Triton Extreme. That is not even the full list for this month, but it must be borne in mind that spare parts for some of these relatively modern synths are probably more difficult to obtain than parts for the old analogues, and if the breakage is bad enough then it is game over.

more soon…