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#1927513 07/16/12 12:11 PM
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Well, for years, I have had a backpack, lasted me since I was in high school, and last semester, after some very heavy use, it started to tear apart.

I been looking at backpacks, knowing that I will have to spend some dough to get a quality one, but it was suggested I get a briefcase, to look more professional.

Is this an issue in the music world? The last time I had to buy anything like this I was 15.

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You could get a laptop computer bag. They look professional, and they are cheap these days. In a pinch, they could carry a computer.


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I never cared for backpacks to carry music because there's no stiff support or any way to keep music from sliding down and curling up in the bottom.

There are lots of soft-sided lightweight cordura type briefcases that can either be carried by a handle or used with a shoulder strap. They're stiff enough for music. You just have to be careful to find one with dimensions for the largest music you'll carry.

My wife's office issues such bags to their employees; she doesn't use them, so I end up with free bags. smile

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Originally Posted by BDB
You could get a laptop computer bag. They look professional, and they are cheap these days. In a pinch, they could carry a computer.
I also use an inexpensive computer bag. It has a few file compartments which allow me to slip my music in without damaging it. There is a long, broad strap that I can sling over my shoulder and it has lots of compartments for pencils, metronome, cell phone, etc.


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If you want quality...I use a Manhattan messenger bag. I can't say enough about them. Tough..waterproof...just amazing bags overall. http://www.manhattanportage.com/catalog/index.php/messenger-bags-c-22


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I find briefcases/computer bags to be very impractical for my needs. Usually, I want to carry both my laptop and a couple of books, which won't fit in the bags I've seen. (Either I can fit only the computer or only the books, but not both.) Plus, a backpack is much more comfortable than carrying a heavy computer bag or briefcase in one hand. I also feel that, if you are going to get a large enough computer bag to fit both a computer and multiple books in it, and you're going to use a strap on it to carry it on your shoulder, then why not just use a backpack?


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I use a backpack. Have for years. I started because it was practical - I rode a bicycle to work most of the time. I still ride sometimes, but out of habit I now use it for everything.

It's plain and black, though. I wouldn't necessarily recommend one of these:

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JdhPiano924 #1927564 07/16/12 02:13 PM
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Heh... what do you know...

I try to bike everywhere, but the important appointments, and as such I got a backpack which is black/pink... I don't mind it at all, since it's amazing, sturdy, can hold my laptop and tons of scores (considering I carry tons of scores each time I go out), plus it has a place for my mobile phone when I ride the bike! wink

I was also told by various people to get serious and get a nice leather bag or something, but all these people are marketeers who work in offices. I don't! wink

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get a new backpack.


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I'm a hard-case briefcase man!

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Originally Posted by BDB
You could get a laptop computer bag.

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There are professional-quality backpacks made to carry laptops that do not have a 'student-casual' vibe. Look into some of those. They look equally as professional as most laptop bags.

I think a plus of some of them is that if they are made to accommodate a large laptop then they are kinder to music scores (more room, less damage to corners).

The Wenger/Swiss Gear backpacks are very, very popular among the IT professionals in my office.


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Get something gorgeous. It will do you good.

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I guess it's time to start memorizing your pieces.

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I use a backpack. I put scores in a rigid plastic document container and put the container in the backpack. That keeps the scores from curling or having their corners bent.

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Just a note. Any backpack with wheels, while at first it may seem like a good idea, after a while the user will realise that in order for the bag to have wheels, it must also have strong base (plastic, metal, whatever), which most usually is hurting the back.

So if you want to carry heavy stuff try the ones with wheels, but don't expect to feel fine wearing it in your back. Otherwise skip the wheels altogether!

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Originally Posted by Kreisler
I wouldn't necessarily recommend one of these:

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Must you always criticize me and my style?

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Originally Posted by Nikolas
Just a note. Any backpack with wheels, while at first it may seem like a good idea, after a while the user will realise that in order for the bag to have wheels, it must also have strong base (plastic, metal, whatever), which most usually is hurting the back.

So if you want to carry heavy stuff try the ones with wheels, but don't expect to feel fine wearing it in your back. Otherwise skip the wheels altogether!


I used to have a backpack like that when I was a kid, and they started to make them. The wheels broke so quickly!

A document container, sounds like something I need. Thanks everyone for the thoughts.


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