Protec Mellophone Case
For over 25 years PRO TEC International has been
supplying the music industry with cases and bags designed by musicians for
musicians. In 1984, our designers came up with a true winner when they
introduced the uniquely innovative PRO PAC case line. Since its introduction,
these sturdy, lightweight, shock resistant cases have become the leading choice
among musicians that demand the best in protection and convenience.
Protec's Pro Pac Case takes the trapezoidal case concept and converts it into a light weight portable casing alternative for bell-front mellophones. The case ships with a shoulder strap, but a backpack strap can be purchased as an accessory, further making this case an attractive accessory for mellophonists who tire of lugging around heavy cases by the handle.
Only a couple of negatives have been encountered with this case. One involves the the zipper on the side pocket (which became stuck in the open position on my case almost immediately). Also, the nylon handles that connect with velcro over the top of the case seem to not have quite enough length on mine (doesn't permit full closure of the velcro flap.)
There's little to no room for storage of accessories in the case, which is probably by design. Overpacked cases often result in damage to the instrument. The mellophone fits snugly in the case, supported at a list by an angled floor panel. The instrument is held securely in place in transit by two soft blocks affixed to the underneath of the case lid.
Priced at around $150 (check the web for deals from distributors), the case is a somewhat significant investment for an amateur musician and most likely an option for all-age group mellophonists who own their own instrument. I ordered mine directly from ProTec's online store and received a free mouthpiece pouch that is coming in quite handy.
by Scooter Pirtle (email)
Where to Buy
Protec Pro Pac Cases for marching mellophones can be purchased directly from the manufacturer (Click here).
Click here to find an authorized ProTec dealer near you.