Hunting for a viola case -- please help!

September 22, 2016 at 01:45 AM · I am searching for an inexpensive, shaped/dart viola case with backpack straps that I can use for transporting my viola to gigs/rehearsals. I have a nice case, but it is a little heavy and bulky - not ideal for tight spaces. The problem is that I have a Tertis-model viola, so the lower bout is unusually large (about 10.5/10.75 inches) and doesn't fit in most "standard" viola cases. Any suggestions?

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September 22, 2016 at 05:48 AM · Howard Core case at Johnson Strings:

September 22, 2016 at 02:56 PM · I asked them for the dimensions yesterday - it won't fit my lower bout. Also, their customer service was terrible and I don't think I'll ever do business with them!

September 22, 2016 at 03:33 PM · Think out of box!

Get a case for fractional cello (1/4).

Here are dimensions:

September 22, 2016 at 03:53 PM · What about a case for a bigger viola, like a 16.5" or 17".

September 24, 2016 at 10:06 AM ·

Very heavy, though.

September 24, 2016 at 01:24 PM · I bet that Musafia has a solution for you; their re-furbished cases are sometimes relatively affordable. In case your viola is an expensive and hard to replace, consider investing a bit more in a viola case.

September 24, 2016 at 03:20 PM · Tonarelli small cello cases.

I doubt that Musafia has a solution other than a custom case. Bobelock has an extra wide case (290 mm) violas. It's a bit like luggage, but with a lower bout that wide, as you now know, your choices are quite limited.

September 24, 2016 at 10:50 PM · I have a 16 3/4" Tertis-model viola by Arthur Richardson that fits fine into a standard-size adjustable oblong Heritage case from Shar, for what it's worth.

Since Shar sells lots of Tertis model violas, it may be worth asking them your question.

September 25, 2016 at 05:55 AM · My 15.75" viola has lower bouts of 9.5", and upper bouts of 7.9" (unusual, though the shoulders are very rounded). I bought a Gewa shaped case ("thermokern" shell) for a 17" viola, and I made a foam insert to place beyond the lower bout.

It was also vital to test the depth: a little column of putty on the bridge while I slowly shut the case to find the clearance

October 3, 2016 at 03:54 PM · @Andrew Holland - I work at Shar and I have the Heritage case now. It is just bulky and heavy - I'm looking for a light-weight/dart-shape option.

October 3, 2016 at 03:56 PM · Thanks to everyone for the suggestions- I'm still searching!

April 30, 2017 at 03:13 AM · Did you have success finding a case for your Richardson viola? I am having the same problem , have owned my viola ( lowerbout of around 27 cm) for 25 plus years, using a cumbersome oblong case , good for viola, not so good for me anymore. Found two cases that suit. One is the contoured BAM hightech , weighs 1.9 kg , downside being not much room for anything except viola and shoulder rest, and that the nut of the bow gets stored on the left, other way to most cases? The other case I have seen is a GEWA oblong., weighs 2.6 kg. Beautiful but oblong and pricey.

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