Trombone Cases & Gig Bags
To choose the best enclosure for your needs, start by understanding what those needs are. If you're carrying your trombone over short distances, such as jumping in the car for a band practice or a performance in your own town, then consider a soft-shelled gig bag like Fusion Premium Tenor Trombone Bag or the Gard Mid-Suspension 8" Bell Trombone Gig Bag. These lightweight cases provide a good level of protection while also being easy to carry and convenient to use, so you won't end up with sore arms the next day from lifting a heavy case.
On the other hand, if you're covering some serious distance - like traveling by air, touring with an ensemble or spending hours on a bus headed to a band retreat - then an even tougher defense for your instrument is called for. This is where rigid cases like the J. Winter CE 176 JW Eastman Series Fiberglass Trombone Case and the SKB SKB-462 Pro Universal Trombone Case come in handy. Although they're weighty and a little more cumbersome than a gig bag, these hard cases offer maximum resilience that stands up to virtually any punishment, keeping your trombone safe even from worst-case scenarios.
In a nutshell, that's all there really is to picking out trombone cases and gig bags: decide on the amount of protection you'll need for your usual trips, and go with a case that delivers it. Narrowing down your options from there is just a matter of figuring out which case or gig bag is best-suited to you, whether it be by offering plenty of storage space, having a handle that'll fit your hand comfortably, designed in a style that appeals to you, or anything else for that matter!