Best Trombone Cases: Guide for Beginners

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If you just bought a trombone for yourself or your child, whether it is a student trombone or a more advanced instrument, you may be wondering about the best way to keep it safe and in perfect condition for continued use.

The best way to keep your instrument safe is to purchase a case or gig bag to store it in.

Some trombone purchases will come with a case, but if not, the job of finding one falls to you.

A case will keep the instrument safe during travel and storage. Buying a case is not a decision that should be taken lightly. There are multiple things to consider to ensure you are purchasing the correct case for all your needs and wants.

This article will walk you through the types of cases out there, as well as what you should consider before buying one.

Why Purchase a Trombone Case or Gig Bag?

Cases are important for keeping your trombone safe and in peak condition while traveling.

It is most important for keeping the slide system safe. They will keep the slide straight at all times. The slide can shift when it is being transported while not in a case, and this can make the trombone harder to play properly.

It also ensures that the instrument will be in a safe and secure spot when it is being stored and not in use. Damage may occur to your trombone from the elements when not stored.

Dust particles can gather on the instrument’s surface, leading to scratches and dirty orifices. Other objects can bump into your instrument and create dents and scratches. Water can damage the trombone, especially when there is prolonged exposure.

A case or gig bag can prevent the liquid from touching the instrument and creating rust.

Having a case handy also ensures that you have storage for essential materials needed for performing. Some of these items that you can keep in the case for your instrument include cleaning supplies, slide oil, and sheet music for gigs or practices.

Types of Trombone Cases

When finding the right transportation for your trombone, there are different types of cases to consider.

Trombone Gig Bags

First, there are gig bags. These are often used by professional musicians to transport their trombones to nearby venues for gigs.

Along with a handle to carry the case by hand, there is also a strap to wear the bag as a backpack. These gig bags also have more space in them for storage, such as pockets to store items and accessories for your trombone. Even if you’re not yet a professional musician, you may find gig bags to be a useful method of transporting your instrument to and from more local places.

Soft or Hard Cases?

There are also soft cases. These are also best if you do not have to transport often or very far.

Although they are the cheapest type of case, you may be better off considering purchasing a hard case. They are the most expensive, but they are also a worthwhile investment if you are going to travel frequently or if you are traveling across a long distance.

Hard cases are the most durable type of case and can withstand quite a bit of impact and abuse, in addition to having plenty of storage for accessories.

Both soft and hard cases normally include only a handle for carrying it, unlike the gig bag which can also be worn as a backpack.

Features to Look for in a Quality Trombone Case

The specific features of the different types of trombone cases are also something that should be considered before purchasing one.


While the exterior material of a trombone case needs to be durable, and offer hard-wearing protection, the interior material should be plush, soft, and non-abrasive.

A superior quality hard case should be very rigid such that there is no flex on any part of the case.

Popular materials used for the exterior include Fiberglass, Leather, Nylon, Plastic, Wood, Rok Tex, Foam, Cloth, etc.

The particular material used will depend on whether the case is a hard case or a soft bag and the level of protection the case will offer to the instrument.


The trombone case you go for should be a perfect snug fit for your instrument. Do not go for a case designed to accommodate a 10.62” bell, and yet you own a small-bore trombone with an 8” bell.

Still, on size, you need to establish how much room there is for accessories, compared to how many accessories you often have with you while on the go.


A waterproof exterior means that the case will keep your instrument nice and dry even when you’re walking in the pouring rain.

This adds an extra level of protection for your expensive instrument, ensuring you can whip it out and play a tune anywhere, any time.

Waterproofing isn’t achieved simply by using a waterproof exterior material. It also involves sealing any gaps in the seams and under the zipper as well.

Interior Padding

Both hard cases and gig bags have padding on the interior to help cushion your instrument from any impact.

The only difference is that hard cases often feature more padding, guaranteeing shock-resistance even if the instrument happens to fall from a height.

Don’t be surprised if you happen to come across a gig bag with a thicker layer of foam than some hard cases. Those do exist as well.

Besides adequate padding, be on the lookout also for a mid-bag suspension system.

The latest cases will often incorporate this technology, which involves having the trombone ‘float’ on a layer of foam so that it isn’t in contact with any of the exterior panels.

Carrying Options

For your comfort, all straps on the case should be thick, padded, and constructed from high-quality material that will not snap easily.

The more the carrying options provided, the better. So, a case with backpack straps and a shoulder strap while still having a handle is the ideal scenario.

Better yet, removable straps give you more flexibility, rather than having straps flapping about when not in use.


If the latches and locks on your case aren’t sturdy, your instrument could end up tumbling out during transportation or storage.

That is not at all what you would want to happen, now is it?

Regardless of whether you are looking into getting a soft case or a hard case, any hardware on the case should be heavy duty. These include drawstrings, zippers, buckles, locks, latches, etc.

What to Consider When Buying a Trombone Gig Bag or Case 

There are multiple factors to consider when choosing a case that will appropriately protect your trombone.

  • The slide system needs to stay correctly aligned during transport, so a case that will sturdily hold your instrument is a must. If your trombone does not fit snugly, the slide system may move and possibly become damaged or cease to function properly.
  • Another thing to consider is whether or not you need a case that has wheels. A wheeled trombone casealso referred to as a wheelie case, may be worth considering for younger students or those who must travel on foot often and struggle to safely and comfortably carry the instrument while it is in a case.
  • Buying a case onlinecan be a worthwhile option, as many online retailers have a diverse selection of products and options for delivery, customization, and specification.
  • Buying a trombone itself can often be a costly expense, and repairs will make it even costlier, meaning that it is all the more important to find proper protection for your trombone.

Price of a Trombone Case

Trombone case prices can vary greatly.

From the dubious, but ultra-cheap, sub $100 range, to the custom but costly cases worth potentially thousands – there are many different price options.

The aforementioned ultra-cheap cases can sometimes simply be used cases, so it is important to consider the quality of these options (i.e. how long has it been used and how often). Those are considerations similar to finding a good deal when buying a used trombone.

Considering these factors could potentially find you a relatively decent case for an otherwise considerably low price.

On the other hand, opting for an expensive case will almost always offer you consistent protection, and oftentimes undeniable style. However, these expensive cases are often too costly for a fair amount of student trombonists.

Regardless of the price of a case, it is still important to clearly understand what kind of protection the instrument will need.

Oftentimes, a trombone is sold in a package that contains a gig bag, and many trombonists will find that the included case fits their needs well enough.

Best Trombone Case for Beginners

In no particular order, these four cases are found to be the best for keeping trombones safe.

1. Protec MAX MX306CT Tenor Trombone Case

Protec MAX is designed for both straight and F-Trigger tenor trombones having a 9.5” bell. The lightweight case weighs a mere 5.75 lbs. (2.6 kg), and measures 38” x 13” x 12.5” (97cm x 33cm x 32cm).

Rigid EPS foam frame is responsible for the lightweight nature of the case. The tough exterior is made from rugged 600D nylon complete with high-quality plastic hardware.

The molded interior is covered with soft, non-abrasive plush lining. There are two interior accessory compartments and a padded mouthpiece pouch has been included as well. The slide is secured to the lid using a Velcro strap.

As far as carrying options go, you will not be disappointed you invested in this case. You may carry it as a backpack, use the side handle, use the subway handle, or use the shoulder strap.

The padded backpack straps are built-in, but when not in use, they can be tucked away in a pocket. Conveniently, the adjustable shoulder strap is removable. Durable molded rubber feet ensure that the case can stand upright without toppling over.

The compartments are fastened using long-lasting custom molded zippers, complete with hook ‘n loop quick-lock closure system. There are a roomy front-side zippered pocket and a smaller accessory zippered pocket on the exterior of the case.

Overall, this is a great value case that offers decent protection in a lightweight hybrid design that’s simple, yet functional.


  • A terrific case at a great price.
  • Incredibly lightweight.
  • Highly portable, with a variety of carrying options.
  • It is thickly padded with polystyrene foam.
  • It has ample room for accessories.


  • The case is quite bulky.

2. Protec PB306CT PRO PAC Trombone Case

You might not think much of this case merely looking at its exterior. Its interior, however, is to die for.

Protec PRO PAC is designed to accommodate most F-attachment tenor trombones with bells up to 9.5”. This case even fits the largest of valves, including Thayer valves. It weighs 10 lbs. (4.5 kg), and measures 35.5” x 14” x 10.5” (90cm x 36cm x 27cm).

The exterior of the case is made using a wood shell frame that’s pleasantly compact and shock absorbing. This frame is then covered with 1680D weather-resistant ballistic nylon, so that’s an added advantage.

The quality build of this hard case is very evident, just looking at it. There’s reinforced zig-zag stitching, and high-quality metal hardware has been used, not to mention the long-lasting custom molded zippers.

The exquisite interior of this case features a soft, non-abrasive blue velvet lining. Your trombone is held down in place using a strap secured by hook and loop closure, and there’s a padded slide cover for your slide.

A padded mouthpiece pouch with hook and loop closure has been provided, and there is also a large zippered accessory compartment. On the exterior of the bag, you have a large exterior pocket with a built-in organizer for small accessories.

QuickLock mechanism has been employed, and this allows you to securely shut an empty case without zippering. To protect the corners and zipper tape from impact, this case has rubber runners all around. Durable molded rubber feet have also been included to ensure the case can stand on its own.

The trombonist has been provided with a variety of carrying options. You may use the removable shoulder strap, the side handle, or the subway handle. This case is also backpackable, but you would have to purchase the backpack straps separately.


  • Robust wood shell frame.
  • Features detailed craftsmanship.
  • Plenty of accessory storage.
  • It has a very luxurious interior.
  • There’s rubber protection around zipper corners.


  • The slide compartment may be too short for some vintage trombones.

3. Olymstore Tenor Trombone Gig Bag

This simple gig bag has been designed to fit nearly all types of trombones, including those with an F-attachment. The exterior material is a coarse grain fabric that feels durable to the touch and high quality enough to offer the basic protection your instrument needs.

The interior fabric is soft to the touch, guaranteeing the lacquered finish on your instrument from any scratches.

Its fabric construction means that this gig bag is extremely lightweight, weighing just 1 lb. (0.5 kg). On the other hand, the bag measures 35.43” x 11.81” (90cm x 30cm) in length and width, respectively. The bottom diameter where you have the bell of the trombone is 11.02” (28cm) in diameter.

The two-row zipper design is convenient to use, while the ergonomically designed handle offers exceptional comfort. It would be perfectly okay to use this gig bag as a stand-alone case for your trombone. However, you may also opt to place it in another bag or hard case.


  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Good value for the price.
  • Clean, simple design.
  • Roomy enough to fit any trombone.
  • It is padded for extra protection.


  • There’s no padding around the slide compartment.

4. Protec PL239 Tenor Trombone Bag

This gig bag also includes an ID tag to make yours identifiable from others, as well as large pockets to hold sheet music without them needing to be folded. As with other gig bags, there is a strap to hold the bag on your back. However, with this bag, the strap can be removed.

This is a gig bag that is priced at $149.99 from the brand Pro-Tec.

The inside is padded with foam, which will reduce any shock damage that may happen if your case happens to be struck. The nylon exterior of the case will protect your instrument from any weather or leakage that falls onto the case.

5. SKB 1SKB360 Trombone Case

SKB 1SKB360 is designed for small-bore straight tenor trombones having an 8” bell. This lightweight case weighs just 7 lbs. (3.2 kg), and measures 37” x 11” x 10.25” (94cm x 28cm x 26cm).

This fine molded case is made from plastic, hence why it is so lightweight. Regardless though, the case is guaranteed to provide the right amount of protection for your instrument. The double-wall construction helps provide security against bumps and bangs. Just as well, the plastic exterior has metal trim all around the seam.

This heavy-duty aluminum valance reinforces the case, thereby offering reliable protection for the trombone. The three latches are also made from aluminum, and they have been reinforced with backplates ensuring they are mounted forever.

As well, you have built-in D-rings for attaching a removable shoulder strap. Styrofoam pads the interior of the case, and this foam can be compressed if you need to get a snug fit for your trombone. The foam is then covered with velvet lining that’s soft and plush.

Two interior compartments for accessories have been included, and there is also a partition for the slide in the lid. A mouthpiece pouch has been provided as well. There is a comfortable handle on the side of the case, and conveniently, this case has been designed to be able to stand on the bell-end if needed.


  • Lightweight.
  • Compact design offers a snug fit.
  • It provides excellent protection at a remarkable price.
  • Fits in many airliner overhead compartments.
  • Lifetime limited warranty.


  • The shoulder strap hasn’t been included.

6. Crossrock CRA860TBBL Trombone Case

Crossrock CRA860TBBL is designed to fit most regular Bb straight tenor trombones. The case weighs 9.9 lbs. (4.5 kg) and the interior dimensions are 72cm x 23.5cm x 24cm (28.34” x 9.25” x 9.44”).

The first thing you will notice is just how stylish the case looks. The eye-catching blue exterior is made from robust molded ABS that’s sturdy and scratch-resistant. Durable metal feet have been included on the side and at the bell end to ensure the case can stand upright without toppling over.

The hardware used further assures you of the quality build of this hard case. There is a heavy-duty metal valance all around the seam, complete with metal latches that are nice and tight and a sturdy molded handle.

The handle has been leather covered with leather, and this is a nice touch not just for aesthetic but for carrying comfort as well. Besides the handle, you may also carry the case using the padded shoulder strap that’s been included. Conveniently this strap is removable and so can be stored away when not in use.

High-density hard foam core pads the inside of the case and is covered with blue plush lining, which beautifully complements the blue exterior of the case. The interior of the case also has two accessory compartments with lids, and these can be used to store small accessories such as the mouthpiece, slide sprayer bottle, etc.

A slide compartment has also been provided on the lid, and it gives a very secure hold for your slide.


  • Attractive appearance.
  • Sturdy and very well crafted.
  • Scratch-resistant exterior.
  • It has high-density padding.
  • Good value for money.


  • It has limited storage for accessories.

7. Gator GL-TROMBONE-F Trombone Case

Gator GL-TROMBONE-F is a case designed for both straight and F-Trigger tenor trombones. This slightly heavy case weighs 12.75 lbs (5.8 kg), and has exterior measurements of 91cm x 35cm x 28cm (35.83” x 13.75” x 11.02”).

The exterior is constructed from rugged, stylish 600D nylon that has a wipeable, easy to clean surface. This has been laid over a polyfoam frame that’s rigid and protective. On the other hand, the interior features dense molded EPS foam covered with a black plush fabric that protects the shiny finish on your instrument.

This dense foam is partly responsible for the weight of the case, but then it also guarantees that your instrument is adequately protected from any drops or blows. There are internal mouthpiece holders, along with a nice F-attachment slide compartment.

On the exterior of the bag, there is a spacious zippered front pocket for items such as cleaning kits, bumpers, grips, etc. As far as carrying options go, you have a rubberized handle on the side and a subway handle at the top.

There are also reinforced D-rings and Clips where you can attach your removable no-slip shoulder strap. Another nice touch is the durable molded rubber feet at the bell end, put in place so that your case can stand upright.


  • It is designed for Student-sized instruments.
  • Easy-to-clean exterior fabric.
  • It is durably constructed.
  • Has reinforced non-slip carrying handles.
  • Sufficient room for accessories.


  • The front pocket isn’t large enough for a standard music folder.

8. Andoer Trombone Gig Bag

Being tight for cash doesn’t mean that you can’t have some basic protection for your trombone. This gig bag is proof of just that. Andoer designed this soft case specifically for Alto/Tenor trombones.

The bag is extremely lightweight, weighing just 1.4 lbs. (620g), and measuring 90cm x 29cm x 29cm (35.4” x 11.4” x 11.4”). Made from 600 Denier Oxford cloth, the dark blue exterior of this bag is durable and water-resistant.

The interior has been softly padded with cotton that’s about 5mm in thickness. This offers good protection for the trombone from bumps during transport or when you are carrying it. The zippered main pocket accommodates the trombone, while the other zippered compartment holds accessories and sheet music.

The main compartment is quite roomy; actually, you may go as far as fitting a bass trombone in this bag, which is a good thing. When it comes to carrying the bag, you can use the backpack straps or the gripped handle on the side.


  • Inexpensive.
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Roomy enough for a large trombone.
  • It is padded for extra protection.
  • Waterproof exterior.


  • The shoulder straps could use extra padding.

9. Fusion PB-15-B Premium

This bag is water-resistant and the material prevents rips from happening. The inside is made of velvet to prevent the trombone inside from being scratched as well as a foam to resist shock. Accessories can be bought from Fusion and be attached to the gig bag as it comes with a ‘Fuse-On’ system for these accessories to be added.

Priced at $389.99 is this gig bag from the brand Fusion.

Tenor Trombone 9.5-Inch Bell Gig Bag, in black and blue color.

Final Takeaway for Protecting your Trombone 

In conclusion, there are several different aspects of cases that can affect how much protection your instrument receives.

Although some may be more expensive than others, it is important to invest in a high-quality case, as it will save you money on repairs in the long run. These features should be considered based on personal usage of your trombone to make sure the case you get will fit your needs.

Among the three different styles of cases – soft, hard, and gig bags – hard cases are generally the most durable of the three.

Take the time to really find out what features you would like in a trombone case. Then go out there searching for the case having the features you desire.

Just like with choosing a trombone, picking out the ideal case is a highly personalized decision that only you can make correctly.

Have fun with it, and I truly hope you find what you are looking for!

FAQ for Trombone Cases Guide Beginners

Used vs. new trombone case: which is better?

The best case for your trombone is that which offers the best protection for your instrument and convenient portability for you. There is nothing wrong with getting a used trombone case, as long as it doesn’t show signs of wear that might compromise the level of protection offered.

As in the case of buying a used car, it is always a good policy when buying a used case, to question why the owner wishes to part with it. Just as well, perform your due diligence to assess the condition of the case.

Are there any dents? Is the hardware sturdy and firmly attached?You may find a used trombone case that’s in a far better condition than a new trombone case, so there really is no telling unless you assess each case individually.

How long is a trombone case?

A typical trombone case is about 38” long, give or take.  Keep in mind, though, that the length of a trombone case will depend on the type of trombone the bag is designed for.

For instance, a marching trombone is much shorter than a tenor or bass trombone, so expect their cases to reflect this. At the same time, the length of the case will depend on whether the bag is meant to accommodate the mute or if it shall be detached and stored separately.

A contrabass trombone bag could be as long as 48”, while a case for a small jazz trombone may be as short as 35”.

How much does a trombone case weigh?

A lightweight trombone case weighs about 7 lbs (3.2kg), while a heavy trombone case can weigh as much as about 14 lbs (6.4kg). The weight widely varies depending on the size of the case, the material it is made out of, the interior padding, etc.

Do trombone cases need special care or maintenance?

Not particularly, no. Cleaning a trombone case is a rather straightforward process. First, you start by removing the instrument and all accessories from the case.

The next step involves vacuum cleaning (hard case); or using an air compressor (soft case) to remove dirt and dust off the case. You can follow up by cleaning a hard case with furniture polish or a multi-surface cleaner. Often, this may be all you need to refresh the appearance of the case.

Cleaning spills, unknown spots, and stubborn areas may require you to use some liquid dish soap, a cloth rag, and a soft nail brush if needed. Follow up by rinsing well with warm water, mopping up the rinse water with a dry towel as you go. Leave the case out and open in direct sunlight to allow it to dry completely before use.

What types of trombone cases exist?

There are soft and hard trombone cases, trombone gig bags, and backpacks.

How much are trombone cases or gig bags?

They range from around $100 to potentially thousands of dollars, depending on the protections and quality you are looking for. We give as a suggestion four good quality options especially for beginners, between $130 to $390.

What is the difference between a trombone case and a tenor case?

The difference between a trombone case and a tenor case is the length of the tubing. Trombones have longer tubing than tenor cases.

Tenor cases are typically smaller and more compact than trombone cases. Trombones, which are larger, can be used to play a wider range of musical styles than tenors.

What is the difference between a trombone case and a bass trombone case?

A trombone case is a large, rectangular, collapsible case for carrying a trombone. The instrument is usually carried on the shoulder, but it can be placed in the case and carried by hand or shoulder strap.

A bass trombone case is similar to a trombone case but smaller and more compact. It has an accessory compartment at one end of the body that can hold extra valves and mouthpiece cups.

What of the most unique features of a trombone case?

The most unique features of a trombone case include its shape, its design, the color, and the material.

A trombone case is typically made out of wood that is painted in a variety of colors. This case has a distinct shape with a long and narrow body that comes to a point at the bottom. The mouthpiece is usually located on top of the cases

The most unique features of these cases are their shape, design and color. They are typically made out of wood that is painted in different colors and they have an elongated body with a point at the bottom. The mouthpiece is usually located on top of the cases.

When should I buy my first trombone case?

There are a few factors that you need to consider before buying your first trombone case.

First, you need to decide what type of trombone you will be playing. For example, if you are going to be playing a tenor trombone, then it is best to buy a tenor case because it will fit the bell and slide better than the soprano or bass cases would.

However, if you are going to be playing an alto trombone, then it would probably make sense for you to buy an alto case because of the shorter bell and slide length. Second, consider how much money and time do you have available for your purchase.

What are the best trombone cases for beginners?

Trombone cases are essential for beginners to practice and learn about the instrument. They come in different sizes, shapes, colors, and materials.

There are many factors to consider when buying a trombone case. This includes the size of your trombone, the material of the case, and whether you need a shoulder strap or not.

Which companies make the best trombone cases?

There are a lot of companies that make trombone cases. Some of them are better than others, depending on the customer’s needs:

  • Selmer
  • Meinl
  • Yamaha
  • King
  • Musical Fulfillment Center (MFC)
  • Trombone Shop (TS)

What of the benefits of buying a trombone case online?

The benefits of buying a trombone case online are many. The first benefit is that you can save a lot of time and money by not going to a store to search for the right case. You can also be sure that you will get the right size and color, which makes it easier to find what you are looking for.

The other benefit is that there are no shipping costs because they don’t have to be shipped from the manufacturer. Lastly, they come with warranties which cover any damages or defects that might occur during use.

Buying a trombone case online is convenient and saves time and money while being easy on your wallet!

What kinds of materials are used to make trombone cases and valises?

Trombone cases and valises are typically made from wood or metal. They can also be made with a combination of materials such as plastic, leather, and fabric.

How do you clean your trombone case or valise?

Trombones are a popular instrument and have a history of being used in orchestras. They are mostly made of brass, which means they need to be cleaned often. There are many ways to clean your trombone case or valise, but the most common way is with a soft cloth and warm water.

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