I'm planning to get a new violin case for my birthday, so I want your advice!
I'm looking at either BAM or an American case. I like that the BAM is lightweight, but in the Shar catalog it says it's not as protective as the "Continental" American case, which got five diamonds for protection. But it's the only case in the whole catalog with five diamonds, and I can't really quite see why. The "Manhattan," for half the price, seems nearly identical; it just doesn't have the humidity control. So is the humidity control the reason the "Continental" would be rated more protective?
I'm leaning toward an American case, even if it is a staggering 4.5 pounds heavier. I really love the pretty velvet lining, and the feeling that the fiddle is super-protected. I've had two American cases, and each has lasted 15 years.
Does anyone make custom cases? I have a friend with a nice case that is custom-upholstered with yellow silk and butterflies on it. Pretty!
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