Requesting advice from Musafia owners

May 24, 2013 at 05:02 PM · I am seriously considering ordering a Musafia violin case. I see that there are a number of optional "extras" that can be ordered.

Does anyone have recommendations on which options they would recommend.

Are there any that you have that you would not want to be without?

Are there any that you have that you would not get if you were ordering another case?

Are there any that you wish you had ordered but did not?

Replies (23)

May 24, 2013 at 08:06 PM · I didn't get any extras... though I think some look pretty nifty I don't think they'd be necessary for me.

If anything I'd suggest the extra padded straps may be useful as I find my case very heavy and the straps it came with dig into my shoulders really badly! (im really small though)

May 24, 2013 at 08:28 PM · I got Tropicalization, Waterproofing, Cherrywood burl trim, and Photo retaining ribbons.

If I get another one I probably will add Padded strap (as case is heavy), Reinforced frame (because of me), and Nameplate...

May 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM · I am on the cusp of ordering as well,and wondered if anyone had chosen the leather ties over the velcro (I just really hate that stuff) - also, how much did each extra especially the ports and photo ribbons add to the cost, if you don't mind me asking? I doubt I'll ever afford another one, and would like to have the full amount saved before I get all excited.

May 25, 2013 at 05:41 PM · Sharelle, here is link to some prices for the Musafia case options at Quinn Violins (http://www.quinnviolins.com/qv_violincases_musafia.shtml). I understand that the prices may vary depending on which dealer you order your case from (as well as the case prices). I am like you--I expect that I will only ever order one of these and I would like to get it right, if possible.

May 25, 2013 at 07:34 PM ·

May 25, 2013 at 09:55 PM · My first Musafia case (dart-shaped) came with the velcro tie-down for the neck/fingerboard. My second Musafia case, for a second violin, came with the leather ties. Even though it is a Master model, and therefore heavier than my dart case, I prefer it b/c of the leather ties (!!).

I am constantly amazed that something so minor can make such a difference. It almost makes me wonder how petty I am in other aspects of my life . . .

The dart is barebones. It does what it is intended to do. The Master has more bling, but (except for the leather ties) both cases are fairly indistiguishable and both work.

I don't plan to part with either case, and I have never felt the "need" for any of the special options. I am not a professional player. Where I live is hot and humid.

May 25, 2013 at 10:47 PM · Ah, I'm glad to hear about the leather ties :).

I am planning on the luxury dart, or if I can scrape up the cash-er-oleans I'll go the full case luxury. Interesting that even in hot and humid you don't find the need for ports - we don't have total extremes - more sub tropical I guess ~ 10 - 40C (50-105F) but pretty humid in summer.

thanks for starting this topic, I hadn't even thought of asking, d'oh.

May 26, 2013 at 12:01 AM · Be sure to get two silk bags because, you know, you can't have too much protection.

May 26, 2013 at 09:59 AM · Oh, I wasn't going to get any silk bag. I was worried I would drop the blasted thing when I picked it up. I will get a blankie. i'd like a cashmere and silk pashmina.

May 26, 2013 at 12:04 PM · I got a lot of the standard extras mentioned above-- the tropicalization, waterproofing, the airplane pressure ports, bow pads, etc. I can't say if they're all necessary, but it does feel good having them. The hidden pocket is a nice thing, as you can tuck away the violin's insurance documents if you travel abroad where customs might ask questions. I did not have extra reinforcement put into the case--- so far, so good there.

One non-standard thing that I also did after consultation was get velcro attachments of the blanket to the case. It makes everything easier to keep track of during use, and means that I don't forget the blanket-- which I've done once before.

An option I didn't get but might consider is the digital temp/humidity gauge. The standard brass one looks nice but responds very slowly and I have no idea if it's accurate. Also, the electric A-440 tuner might be a nice thing to have at hand.

One that you might think about avoiding if possible is the LED lighting system on the more expensive models. If you don't play in pit orchestras, it would just add weight and inconvenience.

May 27, 2013 at 04:57 PM · Thanks to all of you for your helpful replies.

Stephen,

Was adding the Velcro attachment to the blanket a Musafia option or just something you did on your own?

May 27, 2013 at 05:01 PM · Musafia did that. He is very helpful in putting together custom cases.

June 5, 2013 at 05:07 PM · Joyce - do the leather ties hold (stay tied) as well as the velcro?

June 5, 2013 at 11:31 PM ·

Yes, the leather ties stay tight enough. Then again, I don't bounce my cases around much.

November 19, 2015 at 06:05 PM · hello, violinists, colleagues and friends! Looking for Musafia case but not sure what model to choose. I would appreciate Your suggestions. Budget -1,300$. Many thanks!

November 21, 2015 at 12:50 AM · Maybe not the case reinforcement... As it does add quite a bit of weight on. Only add it if you consider leaving your case on the floor and get ran over/sat on all the time.

November 21, 2015 at 07:28 PM · Hello friends, where to find musafia strap?

November 22, 2015 at 08:14 AM · I definitely would have ordered the padded straps, if I had been able to afford them. The straps my case came with are very uncomfortable for wearing my case bag pack style. I switched them out with the padded straps from my 'old' GEWA case. It doesn't look as nice, but it sure feels better.

November 22, 2015 at 06:19 PM · Make sure you get the custom rosin compartment that holds two cakes of Bakers Rosin exactly.

November 23, 2015 at 07:47 PM · ????

November 23, 2015 at 08:22 PM · 8-;

November 24, 2015 at 12:33 AM · Ordabek -- Lol, sorry, can't answer your specific questions. People are answering the OP question from a couple years ago. Perhaps you should have started a new thread... :)

November 24, 2015 at 07:23 PM · hahhahaa looks like it! thanks!

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