I can still remember my first "real" fiddle case, and how I spent months leafing through the Shar catalog, pining for the oblong American case, with a velvet interior, a strap and a pocket for my music! It replaced a beat-up fitted case that had no strap and no place for music or my shoulder rest. It was a fantastic case and lives on, many years later.
Over the years I've had different reasons for getting different cases: a very cheap one, just to store a student instrument, a lovely Musafia to go with my Italian instrument, a BAM fitted case for travel. At this point, I do use both oblong and fitted cases, on different occasions, depending if I want to travel light, carry music with me, use my teaching violin, play outdoors, or keep my fiddle in its nice case.
What kind of case do you have? Is it oblong, or fitted? Are you happy with it, or do you wish to switch? Do you have several cases you use for different occasions? What are the benefits of each kind? Please participate in the vote and then share your thoughts below in the comments.
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