Wednesday, October 12, 2011

SKB SKB-1200 Microphone Case Review


Today we are looking at yet another product that I do not know how I lived without: the SKB SKB-1200 microphone case. This is a very good product at a reasonable price.

For the longest time I stored my microphones in the little vinyl bags they came with and tossed them into a road case with the rest of my cables whenever I needed to take them somewhere. I finally decided that I had tempted fate long enough and started looking for a dedicated microphone case.

The SKB-1200 looked good in the pictures, and I decided to give it a try. It has a foam insert with individual spaces for 12 microphones, as well as two roomy compartments for cables, microphone clips, or whatnot.

It measures about 18-inches by 14-inches by 14-inches, and weighs in around 10 pounds empty. This is pretty heavy, as they made it to last from military specification polyethylene. This material is molded into ridges to stiffen the case and to protect the two lockable latches, so they are less likely to get torn off in transit.

It is an ATA-approved case, meeting 300 class Category I requirements, which is the highest rating they give. It is so tough that SKB gives it their unconditional lifetime warranty, meaning that if it is broken they will repair or replace it.

This case has done well for me, with just a bit of wear to the foam over the past few years. The latches and spring-loaded carry handle still work well, and there are no cracks in the case. Needless to say, I have not had any microphones broken in transit.

The MSRP for the SKB-1200 is $216.99 with a street price of $159.99. If this product keeps you from breaking a single beta microphone you will be saving money, so if you do any live sound work you need to pick one up pronto.


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