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Darro Chea: Standing The Test Of Time

I started playing guitar when I was 14 years old. Back then I had this weird chip on my shoulder where I didn’t allow myself to have certain pieces of gear until I had reached a certain level of playing. It sounds ridiculous looking back on it - I was my own gatekeeper. But there were some benefits to my self-inflicted discipline. I got pretty good at guitar.

During my first year of college, I was completely lost with what career to choose. The logical decision would have been to enter into a field where the job market was booming; computer science, medicine, etc. But of course, I was obsessed with the guitar. I actually failed my pre-calculus class twice during freshman year. Why? Because I was skipping class to stay in my dorm room to practice.

So, in 2012, I decided to audition for music school. I figured the ultimate test to see whether or not I was good enough to keep playing music at school, was to become a music student. Because of this, I started snooping around the music college of my university, and there I saw it. Every guitar major was carrying around these hip, dark black guitar soft cases! Up until this point I was carrying a hard case by its handle everywhere I went. It was tiresome.

But these gig bags, they looked serious. The insides were soft and lined with this blue fabric cushion, and the outside was sleek, stealthy and fit perfectly on your back. I actually saw one of these get thrown off a building! I had no idea that softcases like this ever existed. I wanted one so bad. But again, these were for the guitar majors right? I wasn’t a guitar major, at least not yet. But that was the motivation I needed to help push my practicing further. Silly as it sounds, I wanted to be considered good enough to carry one of those guitar cases around. It felt like a rite of passage to me.

I practiced until I bled, 7-8 hours a day for almost a whole year. I auditioned for two music schools, and ended up enrolling at Berklee College of Music in 2013. The day I got my acceptance letter was the day I purchased my first Reunion Blues Continental Guitar Soft Case.

I took it everywhere with me. It was my default guitar case for every reason. Since 2013, this gig bag has been to every rehearsal, every gig, every tour I’ve ever been to. With me, it has flown across the United States, to England, Spain, Italy, Romania, and even Greece. I still have it and use it to this day, and it has absolutely standed the test of time. I imagine I can get another decade out of it if not two.

Also, here’s another pro tip: if you’re looking at getting one of these guitar cases, you don’t need to be “good enough” to get one. You already are. Absolutely get one; you will use it for decades.

Double Your Carrying Power With RB Continental Voyager Series Double Guitar & Bass Cases From Reunion Blues

Reunion Blues officially welcomes the arrival of the new RB Continental Voyager series Double Guitar & Bass Cases. When we “launched” the original RB Continental back in 2008 (literally, from the top of a three story building), we had no idea that we’d be the vanguard of a new era in protective cases that would transform the expectations of professional and hobbyist musicians worldwide. With the latest expansion of the RB Continental Voyager series, we’re excited to raise the bar yet again. 

Beyond simply carrying 2 guitars or basses, RB Continental Voyager Double cases deliver the quality, durability and comfort that artists depend on for touring and gigging. Just like the single Voyager guitar models, all Voyager double cases include our shock-absorbing and impact-resistant Flexoskeleton™, now re-vamped with a more efficient internal structure for maximum protection while reducing weight and bulk dramatically. We’ve further articulated our Quadraweave™ exterior with a modern Black Heather texture that looks great and will provide years of durability. We’ve also re-designed the interior bracing system with a better reinforced locking neck block and user-configurable protector pads at the endpin for a perfect fit.

RB Continental Voyager Double cases feature all of the great ergonomic features of the original RB Continental, along with some key improvements. Our Zero G™ handle is still the best in the industry (and often imitated poorly by our competition), but we’ve also added edge seams to improve longevity and durability. And for air travel, or even just getting around town, our adjustable, hideaway backpack is as comfortable as ever. 

Our high standards for quality craftsmanship have been meticulously maintained, a process and a manufacturing ethos that we established back in the 1970s when we created the first professionally accepted gig bag. The use of industrial-grade high-tensile thread, reversed water-resistant zippers, abrasion and scuff resistant corded edges and seams, EVA backed material, and internally reinforced structure in high stress areas are just a few of the "under the hood" advantages that a Reunion Blues case provides. Best of all, we back this up with the peace of mind that comes from our industry leading limited lifetime warranty.

Often imitated, but never equaled, RB Continental Voyager Double Guitar & Bass cases will protect your axes in style for years to come.

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