In music, a traps case or trap case is a piece of luggage used by drummers and other percussionists to transport miscellaneous instruments, stands, and accessories. Traps cases are usually made of vulcanized fibre, molded plastic, or plywood (as in flight cases). Typically, a kit drummer's traps case will be the heaviest of the cases when loaded, and is long enough to contain a hi-hat stand without collapsing it, to avoid losing the drummer's adjustment of its height setting.
A set of cases for transporting a drum kit, for example, will typically consist of one case for the bass drum, one case for the snare drum, one or more for the tom-toms, a case or bag for the cymbals, and one traps case to transport the remainder of the kit, including:
- Meyer, Ben. "What You Need to Know About…Drum Cases". Drum Business (July/August 2013 ed.). Retrieved 10 July 2019.
Trap cases are designed to hold drum hardware, snare drums, cymbals, extra heads, and accessories in one multi-compartment case. Due to their weight, trap cases can be difficult to load into and out of cars on your own.
- "The Original Vulcanized Fibre Trap Case - Humes and Berg". MusicCity.com. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
The material is "Vulcanized Fibre" with corner reinforcements.
- Strong, Jeff (2006). Drums for Dummies. Wiley Publishing, Inc. p. 309. ISBN 978-0-471-79411-0.