I've been thinking a lot lately about what's in violin cases - besides the violin of course! This is partly because of the rash of stories about folks leaving their violins in taxis, etc. - which made me put a business card in my case, so that if I left it on the train there was half a chance of its return. But also, and even more, the recent thread where lots of people reported that they let their cats sit in their cases, which made me think about how much cat hair is in there and, in a bit, will be inside the violin. So I wondered why they left the cases open at all - because they need something that's in there repeatedly? Because they want to have inspirational pictures, quotations, objects, in view? I have a small case and all I've got is my rosin, my tuner, and my clean-up cloth - and now my business card. Oh, and a pencil because my teacher sometimes forgets hers. But nothing inspirational or "unnecessary." My teacher, though, has loads of photos of her family, etc.
What do you have in your case for inspiration? And what is the strangest thing you have ever seen in someone else's case?
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