Hi all! I've been a V.com reader since my freshman year in college (that will be 7 years ago) and although I've been a violist for the past 3 years, I am still a loyal fan of V.com.
I have a question about cases that hasn't really been asked yet: I've read numerous threads about what new cases to buy, but nobody seems to discuss what to do with your still-sort-of-serviceable old case when the new case arrives home.
I recently bought a BAM hightech contour for my viola, because I couldn't stand the weight of my 10 lbs. bobelock anymore.The Bobelock is definitely used, but it's still a solid case, and I don't know what to do with it. THere doesn't seem to be a market for used case, is there? I couldn't find one. I put up posters trying to sell it for $100 (used only 2 years in very good condition; bought for $350) but it failed like Ebay and craigslist did.
I have many friends who are in similar situations. They got a new case with the new violin even though the old one is still perfectly fine, or they wanted something lighter/stronger/prettier. I once helped an old teacher move and she had like three BAM cases, each used for 10 years but are still holding up well, and apparently nobody knows what to do with it. Also, when I mentioned that I wanted to sell the used case cheaply, everyone seems to have a case or two that could be sold, too.
What do you guys think? Any ideas on what to do with the moderately used cases? I bet you have a couple somewhere. It seems to make sense to be selling/buying these second hand cases. Many students/amateur players/broke young professionals could afford to have something more substantial than the cheapo foam cases, and it's just more environmental friendly to re-use. Does anyone know if something like that has already existed? any interest in starting one?
by the same token, I have a very nice violin that I don't play as my primary instrument any more. The case literally fell apart on this one and I really need a new case to put it in. Does anyone has a used case that they are willing to sell? I'm looking primarily for a BAM. I don't mind scratches, as long as the construction is solid.
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