2 thoughts on “Protec Tenor Trombone Contoured professional PAC Case – Chocolate, Model PB306CT

  1. MPMTHM
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Protec PB306CT Contoured Tenor Trombone Case, August 22, 2012
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    MPMTHM

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    The reviews I read about this case helped me make the decision to buy it, so I’m going to share a lot of the details I found, hoping it will help someone else.

    SUMMARY COMMENTS:
    Overall, good case and I think it will provide adequate protection to my “new” T-Bone!

    The only thing keeping me from giving this case 5 stars are two things:
    1) The handle not being the rubberized interlocking handle that is advertised on both the Amazon site and the Protec website video claiming “this case has been “redesigned”; and

    2) The limited storage space inside the case where more protection is provided. Since it has storage available in the outer pocket (although not as well protected as inside the case), if it had the rubberized interlocking handles as advertised, I would have given it 5 stars.

    If the handle & inside storage CONS I note below aren’t a big deal to you, you should be happy with this case. I looked a LONG time at MANY places (online and in Dallas / Fort Worth) and this is the best case I could find.

    DETAILED COMMENTS:
    I ordered this case to replace the original case that came with my King 605 trombone when it was new in the late 1970’s. The King 605 was replaced by the 606. I recently had my 605 completely refurbished and wanted a nice, new case to protect it. I looked at cases from King (the new OEM case for the King 606, which would work), Gator, and various “Universal” cases. The hard shell case manufacturers still haven’t improved the outer hinges, so looked more to the Protec style case (zippered closure, rather than latches and 3 flimsy hinges that will break over time – I know, mine did & I replaced it with a piano hinge that has lasted decades). After A LOT of looking, the Protec PB306CT looked to be the best available case, considering quality of construction (hard shell protection underneath the nylon outer cover), nice padding and features (storage pouch on outside of case, two storage areas inside the case (**READ CONS BELOW**), lockable zippers w/a luggage style TSA lock, interlocking rubberized carry handle (**READ CONS BELOW**) and grab strap on side, and solid black heavy duty 1680 denier water resistant nylon outer covering). My OEM case never had enough room for all the “stuff” you have to have (slide cleaning snake, slide oil / cold cream / spray bottle, tuning slide grease, liar, etc). The original case only had room for a mouthpiece and maybe a small spray bottle OR bottle of slide oil – nothing else. The Protec PB306CT makes an attempt to improve that problem (**See CONS below on inner storage though**).

    PROS:
    Delivery was direct from Amazon, on time and UPS tracking worked well (Ordered Friday – Arrived Tuesday).
    This case was well packaged & looks well made to provide adequate protection to the trombone.
    My King 605 fits snug and the bell section is well protected by the soft, blue, velvoa padding.
    The slide is isolated from the bell section by the padded divider flap – w/ a notch for the spit valve (nice).
    The 1680 denier nylon looks good and durable, and the hardware used are screws instead of rivets (I like this).
    The interior of the case is “luxurious” feeling and very padded around the bell area.
    The two storage compartments have an auto-close elastic strap to keep them closed.
    The outer zipper pocket (with internal pouch for pens, coins, real small items) is nice for extra storage.
    I’ve got slide oil, tuning slide grease, metronome, pens, & shoulder strap stored with room for more
    Rubber protection around zipper corners should help protect zipper from damage while loading / unloading.

    CONS:
    Really, just two things: The outer handle and the lack of good inside storage.

    The outer carry handle has a ‘wrap around’ velcro flap that is supposed to pad the handle area and keep the handles together (it’s not very padded). I’ve got one piece of luggage like this and the handle has never been comfortable to carry, the velcro doesn’t stay closed very well over time, and it just isn’t a very good handle design IMO. Some of the pictures of the case on the Amazon site show this handle and some of them show the rubberized interlocking handle. The description of the item even mentions the rubberized interlocking handle rather than the velcro wrap around handle, so thought for sure I’d be getting the new rubberized interlocking handle. I noticed the different pictures before buying, but thought it was the older style and they just had older pics as an example since the “new design” is very similar at first glance (the rubberized handle model looks like it has a bit smaller outer pocket due to location of grab handle) and is a grey/black color rather than solid black. The Protec website even has a video for the PB306CT and it claims “redesigned” with new rubberized interlocking handles (which matches the description of the…

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  2. Anonymous
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Compact and durable, December 27, 2014
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    Glass Lady Lynda (Friendswood, TX) –

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    I bought this for my budding trombone player (12 years old). He had a lightweight case, but it was too bulky to wrangle on the school bus. This one is much smaller, although I don’t think he lost much room for “accessories.” He has a Bach 42BO trombone, and it fits snugly (primarily the slide is a snug fit). The case is a tad heavy, as it has a wooden shell (which also means it is durable). He doesn’t mind the weight, though. The shell is covered in a black ballistic material, and as my son says, the zippered closure uses “very smooth operating zippers.” The inner velvet is a beautiful blue and gently protects the brass.
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