GeoffFor the most basic of tool kits just for tuning I used to have a flute case. It held my tuning hammer, a fork, temperament strip, a couple of rubber mutes and a small screwdriver. But the tuning hammer was the old straight handle kind. If you need a little more room, try a clarinet case.
I've been using this Platt case for more than a decade.
https://www.bigbangzshop.com/products/platt-tool-case-oiI don't carry a "tuning only" kit because I'm rarely only tuning and I like to have whatever I am likely to need with me. I do carry a second slightly larger case in the car which holds a variety of repair items, supplies and tools less often used including strings, felt, pinning tools, hammer samples, ivory repair kit, misc repair items…
I too have gone to the camera backpack concept. I cleared out the internal storage area and created 3 sections.
2. For my regulating tools ( in a roll pouch)
3. For my hand tools ( pliers, string cutters, etc.- which are all kept in their own little case)
Tuning lever straddles over everything, which was the only thing I couldn't create its own space for.
Outside pockets carry business cards, sandpaper files, micrometer ( plastic to lessen weight), voicing
I've tried so many types of carrying case, and by far, this one is the lightest weight ( 15lbs- fully loaded) and with the shoulder strap, it's hardly an issue to carry long distances. Customize the internal areas to fit your needs, and you have a light-weight, rugged bag that does it all.
Here's one style
Case Logic DCB-309 Carrying Case (Backpack) for 15" MacBook Pro, Notebook, Camera, Camera Lens, Bottle, Black | Staples
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I use a soft sided pistol bag that I randomly found at Walmart three or four years ago. It easily carries my tuning tools, iPad, basic regulation tool roll-up, screw drivers, and needling tools for voicing. Plus my spare pair of glasses. I think it was $15 at the time. With all this stuff it weighs about 8-9 pounds
Carry the case? Why?
Life got a lot easier after I bought this:
It folds up and gets tossed into the back seat. It can hold a lot of weight. I can walk a lot faster holding onto it than I can without it. As a bonus, my folding action cart can hang on its handles. Its only drawback is that it's not very good on stairs. Sometimes a customer will just pick it up and walk upstairs with it for me.
These wheels are pretty good. I've taken them through a foot of snow, for instance.
Yes, you never run out of hands, and you almost never need to?? make two trips. Also, it has a rain flap which can keep the contents dry.
We keep talking about tool kits. How about ways to save time and my back getting from one tune to the next.
I am working on this one: