Viola Case Suggestions?
Next year, I will be beginning my first year of High School. At this New High School, there will not be a place to store my instrument during the day. In addition, I will also be taking the bus to and from School each and every day. Because of this, I am thinking of a Case Upgrade. A light case setup that is not bulky would be great. Cost isn't really an issue here.
Is it possible that a BAM Contoured Viola Case with a Cushy Deluxe Cover (w/ room for sheet music, etc.) would be optimal for my situation? Any suggestions?
Without getting into the debate about wood/synthetic materials, I just want to point out that with the contoured you will not have space for the sheet music or School books. That may force you to carry an extra bag.
I really like contour BAM and Mooradian case cover combo myself personally...
Thanks for the responses!
"Cost isn't really an issue here."
I have the Bobelock case too. I paid about what Stan paid. It's a *tank*. It weighs a ton. It tears my arm half off just carrying it in from the car. That's okay by me because that's as far as I have to go with it. But if weight matters to you, do NOT get a Bobelock.
Re: Mooradian case covers,
The BAMs are used by a lot of people. My orchestra teacher at school uses a yellow oblong one (she gigs a lot) and schools can be a little rough, so I think the BAM would be worth it, especially if someone kicks your case over or something.
Get something shock & crush proof with total suspension inside: the sound of a violin disintegrating is unforgettable!
A BAM is going to be a whole lot less protective than a high-quality wooden suspension case.
My own viola case is a Bobelock oblong (model 2006, I think) that I have had since 2005. It has lots of open room inside as well as a room closed space. A should rest will easily fit in either space. The sheet music space runs the entire length of the integral case cover. It is reasonably light and quite protective
Lydia's comments are always well considered but if a high schooler is carrying as much stuff as my daughter does all in one carrier, her arm would fall off. I would suggest a daypack for carrying school books and notebooks. Just because you _can_ fit everything into your case doesn't mean you _should_.