August 12, 2010 at 4:30 AM
I've decided to blog about choosing the right violin case and reviews on some popular cases.
Let me first say that I have found that all decent cases with suspension protect your violin very well, so that shouldn't be too much of an issue when choosing a case. It is important to remember that, as Mike Gordge believed, it is the job of the holder to protect the violin, not the case. So if you're not throwing your violin down the stairs, any good supension case will do. Here are a few popular names:
Bobelock: Heavy, not too attractive, very durable, great craftsmanship, relatively cheap
Gewa: Good weight, very durable, not always the best materials used, relatively cheap
Negri: Good weight, very durable, great insulation, decent craftsmanship (not as good as some competitors), attractive design, a little pricier
Musafia: Many light weight options, Lifetime Warranty, extremely durable, very attractive, unsurpassed craftsmanship, many protective features and options, very expensive
Bam: Some love them, some hate them. Very light, expensive
Concord: Good weight, attractive design, good craftsmanship, durability varies, relatively cheap
Lesser-known brands: If your're just looking for good protection, you can get a very good suspension case very cheaply
As far as shaped VS oblong, that's personal opinion.
Hope this helps!
I got my almost top-of-the-line Musafia for about half price. Their website continuously lists cases with minor flaws that can't be seen, etc. for half price or less. Had a run in with a deer on a back country road coming home from rehearsal last year. The violin in the Musafia case went airborne and smashed hard against the front instrument panel on the passenger side. Both case and violin were absolutely fine. After I told Musafia about the accident they offered to check the case over for free. Nice folks there.
Thanks for posting that an analysis. We see a number of threads asking for advice on the case issue.
Yes, I thought I'd try to keep those to a minimum.
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