I'm a Violin Case maker working in England. Recently I made a shaped case (really just to see if I could), a "one-off" "just for fun" kind of an experiment. I used as my model, and old (1934) Hill Case given to me some years ago by J & A Beare in London.
As I worked on the Case, I began to realise just what a wonderful design these shaped cases were. Very light, and because of their very shape - strong also. No wasted space anywhere.
I have to say that I've become a complete convert! A strange thing for a man who makes his living from making oblong cases to say no doubt, but never-the-less, I can't see for the life of me why on earth we're all carrying oblong cases around? Surely it's not just for the sake of carrying a few sheets of music?
I understand that in modern times almost everyone uses a shoulder-rest, but with a little work these too could probably be housed.
Can somebody explain why and how the oblong case developed? and why everyone uses them these days?
E.G Why do you use an oblong case, as opposed to a shaped one?
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