Pistol Case recommendation

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So I'm picking up a used McGee GLP Flute, It comes with a nice soft Case. That said though I would like to get a hard case of some sort. I would love to have a nice wooden case made by one of the Flute Makers, but I don't have the discretionary Cash. Could anyone recommend a Pistol Case by one of the major Firearm Stores? Walmart maybe?
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Aside from re-arranging the padding inside, what would be wrong with this kit?
https://www.amazon.com/Baosity-Wooden-P ... ts&sr=1-46

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I actually have a Clarinet Case like this But how would you rearrange this? I know its got foam underneath
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an seanduine wrote: Wed Oct 06, 2021 3:22 pm Aside from re-arranging the padding inside, what would be wrong with this kit?
https://www.amazon.com/Baosity-Wooden-P ... ts&sr=1-46

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From my experience, it looks like the cheap crap from China, which are rarely usable as a box to bury frogs in. Plus that one is configured for a curved beginner's headjoint. I expect it would fall apart if you ripped up the lining & removed any blocks beneath it.
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Ben Shaffer wrote: Wed Oct 06, 2021 3:00 pm So I'm picking up a used McGee GLP Flute, It comes with a nice soft Case. That said though I would like to get a hard case of some sort. I would love to have a nice wooden case made by one of the Flute Makers, but I don't have the discretionary Cash. Could anyone recommend a Pistol Case by one of the major Firearm Stores? Walmart maybe?
Ben, I mostly use these. I have a stack of them. They're not, however, as easily usable for Pratten-style (long body piece) flutes, except sometimes at a diagonal.:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014VXJY8/

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Shown here with pick & pluck. Now I usually have a small (Chinese) digital display hygrometer in the case, too.

You can use with the standard pyramid foam or replace with pick & pluck style for a more precise fit.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I80KG0I/
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Hey Kevin ,
that case may be the ticket
Could you get the Foam locally or you think its got to be ordered?
Is the foam cut through?
Did you pluck out the sections or did you need to do alot of cutting to get it fitted just right?
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Ben Shaffer wrote: Thu Oct 07, 2021 6:14 am Hey Kevin ,
that case may be the ticket
Could you get the Foam locally or you think its got to be ordered?
Is the foam cut through?
Did you pluck out the sections or did you need to do alot of cutting to get it fitted just right?
It's probably rare to find the pick & pluck-type foam locally, although, you know, I actually didn't try any gun stores (they're all out of Los Angeles proper). I just bought mine from Amazon, per the link. You can often leave the foam in the top section as is (pyramid) or replace with solid (non-pluck) foam. The pick & pluck squares are not cut through - they each have a little stub connecting them to the next piece. Tear at the little stub, and strip out the squares you don't want there to create the appropriate cavity.

I then laid out the flute sections on the foam, marked which squares to remove, & plucked out with my fingers. Depth of 1 or 2 squares as needed, so there was still a layer below the cutouts (or you can have a separate layer of solid foam beneath. Not difficult. You do have to cut the overall shape to fit the case, but I removed the pyramid foam & used it as a template. You will notice some roughness around the edges of the case where I was sloppy, or cut to the next square.
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The pistol case pictured above works fine. Can get it or one like it cheap at any
gun supply store. You can bring in the flute to make sure of the fit.
In my experience, you don't have to modify the foam lining.
The case is a foam sandwich that itself molds around the keyless flute.
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jim stone wrote: Thu Oct 07, 2021 8:52 am In my experience, you don't have to modify the foam lining.
The case is a foam sandwich that itself molds around the keyless flute.
TRUE. No modification is necessary to protect the instrument, and I think that's fine for temporary use. When I have a flute I know I'll be keeping for awhile, I prefer to modify the foam so I can place the accessories and not have anything shift while I'm closing the lid. Just like some people outfit their workbench with a pegboard for holding tools. You can just place them whever they fit, or you can get fancy & draw outlines that precisely indicate where each tool goes.
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