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PRO TEC International – Bass Double Gig Bag and PRO TEC PRO PACs


Like most gigging and recording bassists… I LOVE gear!  Also, like many other players, I openly admit to giving myself over to the glorious moment (that is nothing short of lust) when it comes to the cache of accessories that daily allows me to get to the gig and do my job with the most ease.  Along with the necessary collection of basses, cords, straps, strings, repair kit, and with mental faculties all in tow, I arrive to studio and stage on time, in tune, and ready to play.   

Through the many years of ongoing research that goes into the consideration of which instruments and accessories to use, I have found a number of pieces that will forever be a part of my cartage.  In 1993, I found a 14" 4-Space “soft rack” unit with a shoulder strap at one of the local music shops around Boulder, Colorado.  It was a piece the store had received by accident, and it took days before the store found the retail price of the unit, and could tell me where it came from.  I bought it, and it immediately showed itself to be a boon to my load-in needs.   

As in every case when I find something special, I immediately began telling and showing all my friends the codura covered rack that carried my pre-amp and effects units!  I carried that thing around for years, and eventually sold it with a multi-effects unit to a good friend who soon afterward relocated to Seattle.

About 3 months ago, I was talking with my friend and remembered to ask him if he still had that rack – as I hadn’t found another one since selling that first piece to him.  I was also leaving the world of the combo amp, and I was deep in the midst of rebuilding the most portable rack-type modular system allowable by law. He still had it, and he still used it regularly. Yes!   

After being given the name of the manufacturer, I promptly jumped online to search for PRO TEC International.  While I was at their website I also found a pair of incredible double gig bags for my four main 6-string basses! So… Today, we’re looking at a couple products from PRO TEC Cases International that include that company’s Bass Double Gig-Bag, and PRO PAC Portable Rack Mount units. 

PRO TEC International was founded over 20 years ago, and is based in Fullerton, CA. PRO TEC has been making a full range of quality cases, briefcases, accessory cases, and gig bags - that range from their “Extra Economy” line and through their incredible “Deluxe” line - for over the past decade.  

PRO TEC uses a 1000 denier nylon exterior on their "Deluxe" gig-bags and PRO PAC's.  When combined with brass hardware and YKK© zippers, it's obvious these cases and bags are built to last. Each case and bag comes with a 5-year warranty, which covers both materials and workmanship.  With zippered exterior pockets, padded shoulder straps, and cord-filled handles, PRO TEC's products are designed for musicians on the go! 

First, the Bass Double Gig Bag… Which, is made from tough, snag-proof nylon and codura with a pair of huge YKK© Zippers and lined with soft velvoa inner lining.  The zippers on both units are some of the toughest, and top-rate I’ve ever seen, and I don’t fear that they will wear out anytime soon! 

The CF-233D Bass Double Gig Bag lists for $84.00 US, and is perfect for those who need to carry more than one axe.  The bag was designed for musician's, by musician's.  This heavily padded bag has exterior pockets for carrying other accessories.  On the inside, the divider, which separates the basses, is very heavily padded and also has a headstock guard.  Again, PRO TEC makes the transport easy with backpack-style straps. 

The immediate draw is the roominess of the bag’s two separate compartments, and the number of pockets and panels on the outside of the unit.  I greatly appreciate the fact that PRO TEC chose to make a ‘true’ double gig bag, by building the two housing pieces – instead of putting a floppy, and eventually useless (if not torn to shreds) divider in a larger version of a single bag.  

The most impressive feature of the double gig bag is how it sits on the body, when in transport. The adjustable straps of the bag are double/double stitched and show no immediate signs of ever giving ‘way – thus, plummeting your prized, vintage J Bass to the floor of the smoky, grimy bar where tonight’s Bay City Roller’s Tribute Band gig is being played!  


I’ve certainly experienced other bags that fall to one side (or the other) just at the time when my arms are loaded with the other outboard gear I’m carrying, while reaching for the my house, after a long night of gigging.  Not so, here! 

The bag sits in the very middle of the carrier’s back (when using both straps!)  and doesn’t move.  This is thanks to a wonderfully designed wider body portion of this particular bag. Other manufacturers tend to streamline the bag into the straightest line possible… Which doesn't provide a stable foundation for a body in motion. 

Also, the neck/headstock area of the bag isn’t overly long, and the straps themselves sit in a more reliable position on the bag itself.  We’ve all dealt with bags that place the straps in a lower position that causes’ walking through doors more a matter of flexibility, than convenience!  Finally, the carrying handles and straps are incredibly tough, and they aren’t sheathed in faux leather – which will eventually wear out and cause other problems. 

The only thing I would change about the bass double gig bag is to include, perhaps, a third “supporting strap” over either the right or left existing strap. Or, perhaps a belt-type strap that fits around the waist.  The fact that this unit doesn’t include such a thing is hardly a design flaw.  However, I have noticed that an increasing number of stringed instrument players have made “enhancements” to their gig bags over the years since it’s become possible to leave one’s cases at home and opt for the convenience of a well-made gig bag. 

I’m currently in the process of replacing all my double, and single, gig bags with PRO TEC gig bags, and giving my old bags away to students - and those friends who haven’t already begun contacting PRO TEC’s for bags of their own! 

Next, let’s take a look at the 118-R4 PRO PAC Rack Mount lists for $109.00 US and like other PRO TEC products I’ve used, this unit also sports a useful pocket and a heavy-duty carrying strap.  The PRO PAC is covered in snag-proof codura over a very light wood inner shell.  I was immediately impressed that I could literally stand on the unit – which, is the first thing I did upon taking it out of the box!  After a quick visual walk-through of the product, I felt comfortable enough to begin loading my precious pre-amp and power amplifier into the large 18" 4-space rack mount.  The unit is large enough to house the longest tube amps in the business!   And, it’s certainly tough enough to provide the protection that those expensive pieces of gear require!  Each PRO PAC case combines the strength of wood with lightweight shock absorbing foam. 

The zippered front and back enclosures are easy to flip under the case when the gear is in use and it simply doesn't wear out… unlike other rack bags that use Velcro.  The large exterior pocket is great for carrying cables, peddles, DI boxes, and other gear. 

As I’ve commented about the double gig bag, I would include another carrying strap to the PRO PAC that would provide cautionary support to the existing strap.  Again, the matter that one doesn’t exist is, once again, not a design flaw.  My only other comment would be to request a 6-space or 8-space rack mount. Currently, PRO TEC doesn’t make a larger unit than the 4-space rack, in the 18" size. 

A double/double-stitched loop and a brass D-Ring connect the large, adjustable strap to the body.  This works well, and is a great addition to the bag – instead of a stitched strap, or a strap that incorporates a plastic ring, or clasping piece.  Certainly, when carrying something as a heavy as a power amp (and its accessories), employing a plastic piece at the unit’s most stressful point would be a bad idea in my opinion. 

Both ends of the PRO PAC unzip to allow airflow and easy access.  It might be a good idea to use a paint pen to mark the front of the unit, for fast load-in.  Once unzipped, the contents of the unit are in full view, and ready to rock!  I like the fact that the unit doesn’t ‘hide’ the contents, once opened, and access is as easy as if the amps weren’t inside a rack at all.  Also, both unzipped portions fall downward, instead of upward – as in the case of other rack mounts I’ve seen. 

So far, I’ve outfitted both my Aguilar units into one 18" 4-space rack, and a Line 6 Pro unit into another identical rack.  Both PACs participate in live performances, and make load-in a breeze.  I couldn’t be happier with the PRO TEC products that are an essential part of the ton of gear I carry around town!

You can check out PRO TEC Cases International at: I’m not sure why most players I know haven’t been introduced to this very able product line.  But, I think more of them will hear about them in the near future. 



118-R4 Bass Double Gig Bag

Large exterior pocket

Brass hardware

Adjustable shoulder strap

Zippered front & back enclosures


CF-233D PRO PAC Rack Mount

 25mm heavy padding

 Large gusset pocket

 Additional strings pocket

 Soft cloth lining

 Headstock guard

 Attached backpack straps


Brent-Anthony Johnson
is a bassist/composer/producer in the Denver Metropolitan Area.  “BAJ” currently endorses Aguilar Amplifiers, Fodera Guitars & Strings, Graphite Instruments, and Wayne Jones bass enclosures.

He is also in the process of recording a new CD of his own material and we will be sure to go over this new CD with Brent-Anthony when it becomes available!

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