When I got my first nice violin 25 years ago, I got my first nice violin case to go with it -- a Bobelock oblong case. It had no bells and whistles, just your basic cordura-covered oblong case with a big pocket on the left, two little pockets by the neck, a large zippered music pocket on the top, and a single strap that attached to the underside, essentially making it a one-shouldered backpack style. I really like the pinch-to-open, press-to-close latch action. No wire loop to flip, no latch to catch. It didn't have suspension, but for my purposes as a high school student it was good enough, and frankly I was proud of it.
10 years later it was getting worn out, and I was looking for an upgrade, and so I found the Bobelock 1017. Had all the features of the previous Bobelock (except the single-shouldered backpack strap which I missed) and also upgraded the two small pockets to GINORMOUS pockets by the neck/scroll as well as added suspension. I did notice recently that a tiny corner by the c-bout of the instrument was catching on the velour fabric ever so slightly, resulting in an almost unnoticeable tear.
Now that I'm getting to a certain age and running from gig to lesson to gig, I'm finding that my beloved case is, well, heavy. So I'm looking for a replacement. Any advice? Any reviews? I think I've got my choices narrowed down to:
Gewa "Idea 2.3"
Bogaro & Clemente "Nicole"
I'd really like to see more info about the B&C Nicole but their website is woefully uninformational. Does anybody have one? I saw one briefly at my local violin shop and have been obsessed with it but somebody snapped it up before I could go and get a better look at it again.
I'd like a low maintenance case that is light on the arm/shoulder, light on the pocketbook, has tons of storage (which, I suppose, is contrary to my search for a light case in the first place), is easy to close/open, and fits my 4/4 (but ever-so-slightly wide) violin. Is there such a thing? Living inside my violin case are a few pencils and eraser, a small towel, my Wolf shoulder rest, sometimes a small metronome, and my Bernardel rosin (with its rather bulky pouch).
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