Today I begin to pay homage to my past life as a poor and starving artist. For years I was a freelance musician playing trumpet in the highly competitive Toronto market – while I was lucky to meet and work with some wonderful artists I never was able to quite “make it”. There is one thing about musicians that make them a group of people very pertinent to the topic of this site, they love bags! Never have you seen a group of people so keen on finding and buying the latest gear in which to haul around there beloved instrument. Having spent far too much money on various “gig” bags over the course of my 12+ years as a musician, it’s really where my love of bags began.
Reunion Blues Doubler’s Trumpet & Flugel
The Reunion Blues Doubler’s Trumpet & Flugel was one on my mainstay bags for years. Though I couldn’t never quite afford the leather version pictured here, settling for a high quality cordura instead, this bag allowed me to carry most of the gear I would need to handle a typical session – a trumpet, flugelhorn, and a mute or two. Though a bit difficult to afford the leather bags were second to none. The quality of materials was outstanding and it would be common to see these bags last far longer than most musicians careers. the bags themselves come with a 7 year warranty against defects in materials or construction from the date of purchase. This warranty entitles the original owner to either repair or replacement, based upon our discretion, to a Reunion Blues bag. A beautiful bag but with a fairly serious caveat; they offered very little in the way of serious protection at all. Bags like these kept instrument repairmen in business. This fact never decreased their popularity and the Reunion Blues company has been in business since 1976. A testament to the quality and popularity of their product. It can be bought for about $240US at the Woodwind and Brasswind.
Wolfpak Single Trumpet Module
The Wolfpak Single Trumpet Module was the last gig bag I bought and it still sits in my closet here at Pop Wuping HQ. I had it shipped over here in a fit of fantasy, thinking I was going to restart my career in music as some new expat. in Asia pop star. That luckily was a short lived fantasy which evaporated when the most ugly of sounds came out of my horn and my daughter cried.
When these bags were first introduced they were met with a certain amount of skepticism. They were different than most other bags available at the time and they so obviously fed off the desire of every musician to buy things that they must not be good. You see this isn’t just a bag, it’s a system (the bags have changed slightly since then). Every single bag you buy attaches to another plus a number of accessories – a sellers dream. That aside the bags themselves are well made and solve one of the problems that plague instrument bags in general – they actually provide allot of protection. So much protection in fact that these might better be classified as cases. It works a bit different as well, your horn slips in the end where it is surrounded by a hard plastic shell and very thick padding. I was always concerned with the zippers on the end but after all these years they still have held up. They make bags for other instruments as well which you can see on their site. The above is available for about $105US.