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Taking an instrument out and about is just a part of owning one, whether it's to the shop for some maintenance or to the local stage for a weekly gig. There are some exceptions (can you imagine trying to pack up a pipe organ?), but then there's the trumpet - probably one of the best examples of a "grab and go" instrument. When you take your horn out and about, you want a good case or gig bag to carry it. What might be a little less obvious is the type of case to use. There are tons of options, from heavy hard-shell cases to soft, lightweight gig bags. When all is said and done, the ultimate job of any case is to protect your trumpet from dents and dings and makes sure it gets where it's going in the same shape it left. As with so many things in the music world, a lot of the decision comes down to personal preference and the situation at hand.
Rigid cases are a good place to start your search. These offer the ultimate in protection, with tough shells made of plastic, wood, fiberglass or even aluminum to safeguard the instrument inside from the hazards of travel. A hard case is best for long tours or for buses, trains and airplanes - any time the trumpet might have to pass through the hands of baggage handlers.
A soft gig bag, on the other hand, makes a lot of sense for your local trips. If you're heading to a buddy's house to practice, or to a gig just across town, you can save on weight and space and make your trumpet a little easier to carry by sliding it into one of these compact, easy-to-handle bags. There are also semi-rigid and thickly-padded bags that give a happy medium.
Aside from determining the level of protection you need, you'll also want to think about the amount of accessory space the case has. Can you fit all of your oils, rags, spare mouthpieces, and other maintenance items? Do you have more than one trumpet to bring? How about a mute? Some of the cases are made to hold as many as three or four trumpets, and most of these have reconfigurable inserts inside so that you can rearrange them to carry mutes, stands, or other accessories.
Only you can decide which trumpet case or gig bag is right for you. Some are simple and functional, others are feature-rich. Some of them even have wheels. It's all a matter of what you plan to carry, how much protection it needs and, of course, your own sense of style."