Musafia Lievissima oblong or Musafia Luxury Classic oblong?
I really wanted to like the BAM Hightech panther contour case I just received from a black Friday special. Unfortunately, after inspection of the foam cushions in the lower bout of the case I could feel (without much pressure) substantial long thick strands of VERY rigid glue attaching the foam to the case. They were nearly as rigid as the case itself! Again I really wanted to like this case. However i feel the case I received is a liability waiting to happen. The rigid glue would certainly cause violin damage upon impact. In addition there is no room made for the violin end pin! Unbelievable! Maybe the BAM Hightech Slim case is different, as photos of this case shows it may allow for the violin end pin, and possibly has no glue issues as the lower bout cushion does not look to be glued to the side of the case. That's to be determined, but I am moving on.
Musafia Lievissima oblong at 5lbs or Musafia Luxury Classic oblong at 6lbs? That is the question.
Is the extra padding and weight in the Musfia Luxury Classic a better trade off of the lighter and tropicalized Lievissima case when in search of a case that offers superior thermal protection?
More padding VS tropicalization. which is better for thermal protection between these two cases?
Anyone here have experience having both cases?
I bought my wife a Luxury Ultralight with the angled bow-holders...it's a wonderful case! All the delightful features of the Luxury line, in a smaller, lighter, easier to carry format.
The Luxury Classic can receive Tropicalization as an option. For thermal regulation, Tropicalization is far better, and it doesn't add much weight (about a quarter-pound). So if you get a Luxury, just add the option. The thermal protection would be similar, I'd think; you should email Musafia and ask if there's a significant difference in thermal regulation between a Luxury-with-Tropicalization and the oblong Lievissimma.
Thank you both on the comments. I guess I was hoping to find an off the shelf solution without having to special order.
A custom Musafia doesn't normally cost anything extra -- an off-the-shelf one with the same features will normally be the same price. So you are unlikely to find one cheaper locally unless a shop is having a sale.
Yes you are correct. I was only thinking it would be nice for convenience if more violin shops offered Tropicalization and Back Pannel Anti-Intruson protection on all musafia models by default, and at list price for the case only. Unfortunately i only know of a Los Angeles shop with this approach and they sell out quickly.
I finally settled on a Musafia Luxury Classic Oblong in black gray without tropicalization. Primarily because of a dedicated spot for the scroll (no shoulder rest, no strings, or anything else near the scroll) The pegs will not accidentally touch anything while stored in the case.