Greetings one and all, it has been quite some time since I posted anything here. Anyway... I just returned from Aspen, Colorado where I played several John Denver Tribute Shows (Yes John Denver) over the past week. And at the top of the list.. the ZENDRUM of course, a 49 note M-Audio keyboard controller, and a 4 space travel rack w/an attached luggage cart.
For the Zendrum I picked up a Pelican 1700 Series case which worked out PERFECT. In the case.. The ZENDRUM ZX, Battery box, MIDI JET PRO MIDI wireless, short cables, straps, and extra batteries. The pelican is an EXCELLENT case for the ZENDRUM. It is worth the investment to pick one up.
In the 4 space Rack (made by GATOR CASES). A rack Power Strip, An ALESIS DM-PRO, A Korg TRINITY "rack" synth module, and a Whirlwind 4 ch. Rack DI. Remebering John Emerich priding himself about taking his rig as carry-on in a plane is why I went this route. A little "FYI" about air planes. Do not get a rack larger than 4 spaces. A 4 space rack will fit in the "carry-on" compartments abpve the seats of most jet airliners
. Except when I went from Denver to Aspen. I had to take a "puddle hopper" (that's a small plane to you and me) from Denver to Aspen in which I had to check it, but it did survive just fine.
As mentioned I took an M-Audo keyboard controller with me but no keyboard stand. I did not want to deal with a keyboard stand losse on the plane. What did I do you ask.... Did I buy a cheap keyboard stand?? Ummm.... NO. I improvised the following ways...
Gig #1: A 100+ year old church. Found a walker (yes for old people) extended the legs and it worked very well. The rubber grip handles on the top of the rails kept it from moving, not to mention an easy way to channel cables. Good stuff
Gig #2: Restaraunt. I stacked 3 wooden "hide-chairs" (baby seats) with gaffers tape on the arm rests to keep it from sliding. Also good stuff
Gig #3: Small hotel ballroom: Restaraunt style fold out "food tray stand". That didn't suck either.
I had a total of three things to "schlep" around town for the week. Sound and the nessecary back line gear was provided at all of the venues. Just thought I would share that with the masses. I will try and post pictures sometime soon. Take care and stay safe, Markl