We’ve manufactured many, many instrument cases over the years – imagine all the guitars that would have been broken were it not for Dragon Cases!

Still, if you do break your musical instrument, there’s no need to throw it away. Upcycling is a bit of a craze right now, and people have used their broken instruments in all kinds of clever, inventive ways. Take a look at these amazing examples:

Ukulele with plants

 From homesdesignplus.com

This stringless ukuklele has been given a second life as a kind of wall-mounted plant pot. How sweet!

Trumpet iPod speaker

 From organicmommytoday.com

We particularly like this one (and not just because that iPod is playing Neil Young!) Some clever person has repurposed an old trumpet to function as an iPod speaker. A lot of people love the vintage look, and we can imagine that these would be very popular if they went on sale.

Piano bookcase

From trendhunter.com

Here's someone who's really committed to upcycling - they've hollowed out an entire piano and turned it into a lovely wooden bookcase.

There are many other examples to be found on the internet, but if you’re a musician, we’re guessing that you’d rather keep your instrument in good working order than convert it into a piece of decorative furniture. After all, we’re pretty sure that piano doesn’t sound as good since someone filled it with books!

If you’d like to house your pride and joy in a professional flight case, click here to request a quote from Dragon Cases.

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A closer look at our flight case materials

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Every so often, the Dragon Cases phone will light up and the person on the other end will ask for an aluminium flight case. We can cater to these requests, of course – the aluminium stucco finish is a particularly popular choice among DJs and turntablists – but it’s not necessarily the material we’d recommend.

Aluminium looks great at first, but it’s softer than a lot of people realise, which means that an aluminium flight case often ends up looking scratched and slightly battered. This isn’t a great look, and we’ve always thought that presentation is an extremely important factor!

So what are the alternatives? At least half of the flight cases we build here at Dragon are made using 7mm Astraboard, a lightweight polypropylene material that’s exceptionally durable (not to mention 40% lighter than 7mm-thick plywood). It’s available in four different colours, and it looks good for far longer than aluminium does.

astraboard

Hexaboard is another material that we use. As a GRP-faced birch plywood, this is arguably the most hard-wearing option of all, and it’s still very cost-effective. Since Hexaboard is only available in black (people are often just as worried about the colour as they are about durability), we can also make cases by bonding plywood with a high-pressure laminate; still extremely robust, and with more colour options available, but considerably more expensive than Hexaboard.

So there’s a brief introduction to our various flight case materials. If you still want aluminium, then by all means go ahead, but bear in mind that it’s not your only option!

 

Various products from Dragon Cases

Flight cases may be our main export here at Dragon Cases, but we're by no means a one-trick pony. If you're wondering what else our guys can do, here's a sample...

  • Padded BagsNeed a lightweight (yet protective) means of carrying your equipment around? In that case, our protective bags are ideal for you. The bags are available with handles and/or shoulder straps,, and we offer a variety of padding and fastening options too.

  • Road Trunks: Our road trunks aren't entirely dissimilar to our flight cases; the only difference is the wheels! A set of castors will make heavy equipment much easier to move around, and so the trunks are a very popular option among customers with a lot of gear to lug.

  • Transit Cases: We make our lightweight transit cases out of high-density polyethylene for an extremely robust build. They can be used for all kinds of purposes, and as with all of our products, you can even have your logo printed onto the case!

19 inch rack case, red

People often ask how much our flight cases cost, but that's not an easy question to answer - every case is made to different specifications, and the cost depends entirely on the brief we're give.

So, if you want to know how much a Dragon case will cost you, our quote request form should be your first port of call. Simply fill in your details and click 'Sumbit' - we'll get back to with a no-obligation estimate before you know it.

Here's the information we'll need from you before we can supply a quotation:

  • Name and Contact Details (naturally)
  • Quantity (how many cases do you need?)
  • Preferred Colour (a crucial consideration!)
  • Request (tell us a little about the case - what will you be using it for?)

Those are the only required fields, although you can give us a few more details if you like. Telling us the type of case you need and uploading an image of your equipment will help us to provide a more accurate estimate, so we strongly recommend taking the time to do so.

Request a quote now!

For many bands, going on tour is the surest sign that things are starting to come together. It used to be that you hadn’t ‘made it’ until you’d signed a record deal, but websites like Bandcamp allow modern musicians to do perfectly well without a label, and so the big tour has now become the clearest measure of success.

Black Tourbus

Tours come in many different sizes, of course. Small artists will sometimes go on a very localised tour – playing, for example, in Cardiff, Swansea, and Newport over three consecutive nights. Many artists have visited Scotland for a ‘Highlands & Islands’ tour, performing in Aberdeen, Lerwick, Inverness, and so forth.

Having said that, you haven’t really hit the big time until you’ve gone nationwide. London, Glasgow, Manchester – these are just some of the cities you’ll want to hit on a proper UK tour.

If you and your band are heading out on tour this year, here are some things to bear in mind:

  • Budget! Your money will probably be stretched pretty thin when you’re on the road, so make sure you’re not spending too much. The trick is to budget from the very beginning; set a spending limit per day – make sure that there’s enough for food, petrol, and other necessities – and don’t exceed it! The money you spend now will soon be the money you wish you still had.

  • Pack like you're going to a festival. Where will you be sleeping on each night of the tour? In a hotel? A friend’s house, perhaps? Or maybe in the car/van? Either way, it’s best to take a few festival essentials to prevent hygiene standards from dipping too low. Wet wipes, deodorant, mouthwash, dry shampoo...these things will be invaluable when you’ve just spent your third consecutive night stretched out on the backseat.

  • Plot an efficient route. Obviously, some of this will be up to the venues that book you, but when you’re organising the gigs that will make up your tour, try to create a sensible route for yourself. You don’t want to be playing in Edinburgh one night and Southampton the next if you can possibly avoid it – work your way around the country, and try to plan it so that you’re only on the road for a few hours each day.

  • Keep your equipment safe. You don't want to drive all the way to a gig in some far-flung town only to discover that your guitar is broken. Make sure that all of your gear is safely packed (in some sort of heavy-duty flight case, perhaps) and don't overfill the boot to the point where it won't close properly. Scattering bits of drumkit up the M4 is a bad move for everybody.

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