This is absolutely true. I will take a stand for the H and B - style vulcanized fibre hard shell cases over the plastic ones, which I admit are stronger yet and potentially last even like longer. Advantages of fibreboard over plastic: they are definitely lighter. I ordered a fibreboard H&B a few years ago for my 1939 WFL 28" (count 'em!) BD. It is reasonable in weight, but I shudder to think how much a plastic version would weigh.A few years ago I moved interstate, so cases were/are worthwhile to me.
I much prefer hard shell cases over bags. I find it easier to put drums into them, take them out of them, move them around, they're far more durable, provide greater protection, and the extra space they take up is negligible. The only negative is their weight disadvantage compared to bags.
I own a set of fibreboard cases that I ordered with the 1976 Premier Resonators I ordered new and still have. I still have the drums AND the cases, but the cases have endured thousands of gigs/set-ups, tear-downs and road travel, primarily in service with other drum sets I own. Still good. Yes, I replaced the handle once, and all of the straps. They are well worth it - older than some Forum members!
In the pic, the bottom case is the "new" 28, with the 1976 22, then 16, then 13. Still truckin'!
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