Some case recommendations, please
I have a plywood case that I like, but it's heavy. I'm interested in lighter-weight carbon fiber cases. I've looked at quite a few, but I was looking for input on cases that have the following:
Oblong shape (I need the storage space_
A dedicated (non-removable) storage pocket
2 bow holders (it could have more, I need to)
comfortable to wear as a backpack.
Any input you have is appreciated!
Do you have a budget in mind?
I’d like to stay under 1000 usd
I know several violinists who are using BAM CF cases. They seem happy.
A Musafia Lievissima is about the same weight as a CF case, and considerably more protective, I believe. And within your budget.
Don’t buy CF, it doesn’t protect the violin.
Really, the Lievissima is <1k? Cool. Couldn't find the price tag...
The Bam Hightech Violin case is really nice. Light weight, strong, holds 4 bows, oblong, and nice backpack straps. I curious to why are so many people here are against carbon fiber? I have one and it does a fantastic job. I also know somebody who got into a really bad car accident with other musicians and instruments in the vehicle(everyone ended up being okay). The only instrument that wasn't damaged was the one in a carbon fiber case.
The Lievissima can be found under $600 online.
BAM Hightech cases are made of PLASTIC not Carbon Fibre. They have a picture of CF in the finish to look like CF. They are poorly insulated and scratch easily. OK for cheaper student violins only.
To add from the V.com archive:
Seems I'll have to change my motorbike helmet for a plywood one. And raise the issue to the racing organizations... Considering composite plastics don't protect...
I think it's possible to make sturdy case out of "plastic" (sandwich of foam and other material). See for example how Hiscox cases are built and what they can endure: https://youtu.be/C0jbDM2MOxs
For starters, there is no perfect case. I have a bam contoured high tech which I wish had a bit more storage, but no matter what I’m carrying a separate music bag anyways. Yes it is plastic, however at least the top and bottom is some type of sandwich is plastic and foam, giving it some insulation qualities. As for scratches, it’s a case, who cares if it’s scratched. It’s better than torn fabric. As for protection, we all have to decide how much we need. I think it provides plenty for normal commuting and likely incidents. For some reason plywood is talked about here like it’s the material of the future. What I personally like about the Bam case is the size/shape work very well for me when I take it to work as I have lessons and orchestra afterwards. I can use one of the back back straps as a shoulder strap and carry it in addition to my computer backpack. Also while waiting for the train, it can be wind driven downpour, and I have no worries about water getting to the violin. At the end of the day I think each person has to decide what attributes they need and take it from there. I thought some of the comparisons however valid they are , get into extreme situations that may be relatively unimportant in the overall scheme of things
I saw a video review of a BAM case that wouldn't induce me to buy one.
I know David Burgess recommends keeping a plastic trash bag in your case for heavy rain.
I carry two folded plastic bags in the case. One is to put the violin, the other one is to cover the whole case. It has worked in tropical storms, often.
thanks, will do.
Carbon fiber is great if you want a high stiffness/weight ratio. But it's brittle, and doesn't absorb impact well. Ever hear of a carbon fiber bulletproof vest?
Hoffee makes CF cases that I find pretty impressive.
Before I bought my CF bow, my only experience of CF was with cross-country skiing sticks in the 80s. After I had broken fibreglass sticks a few times, I treated myself to a carbon fibre pair, and broke one after only 3 days, so I went back to fibreglass.
Meanwhiles I own three Negri Venezia - two for my violins and one custom fit for the nicer of my violas. And if I was in need for another one, I'd get exactly the same again. They are sturdy, well manufactured from nice materials and not too shrill but rather a bit understating. Good hinges, latch and zippers. Four high quality bow holders, which I do very much appreciate when I'm on one of my frequent bow shopping tours again. No velcro, but leather strings to fix the neck, and a leather latch to fix the shoulder rest below the neck. Only thing I'm missing is a string tube holder or two, because recently I'm more and more into gut, and I'd really like to have the option to fix a precipitube. (Although I haven't found a source of supply in Europe yet... Feel free to jump in!)
In fact I suspect I may have to buy a double case for violin and viola because I will need to carry both a violin and a concert-sized nickel-plated resonator uke (on my back). There will have to be a good separator between them so that the uke doesn't damage the violin.
" Carbon fiber is great if you want a high stiffness/weight ratio."
To contradict your contradiction:
The usual misunderstanding it's that most of the cases people call "carbon fiber" are not carbon fiber,but laminated composites of plastics. Nothing wrong with that... Most motorbike helmets and even shock absorbers are made with them. Plastics can mean anything, and a properly design composite is good even for spaceships...
And there's this stuff called polycarbonate. I don't know what it is, but it looks a lot better than the ultra cheap wooden cases. Problem is when violin cases use it, they look as though they skimp on the plush inside. I love plush.
Exactly my point, Jeff. We're talking violin cases here, not 787s. :-)
Dimitri, could you provide a pointer to this four-part article?
Han, you need to contact ALI and order the magazines. They are not online.
With the help of Google translate I find:
I am unsure why you seem to doubt the editorial quality and State-granted status of the official journal of the Italian Association of Violin making, without apparently having read a single page.
I hadn't seen the Hoffee case before, but interestingly, unlike other CF cases, it's not light -- their website says about eight pounds. That's far heavier than most other CF cases and at the top end of plywood case weight, too. Even a Musafia Enigma, which I think is the heaviest case in the Musafia line, only weight 7.5 pounds.
Calton's new fiberglass & foam sandwich core cases come in at 11 lbs, and that's the shaped version. Karura's shaped CF cases also come in at 8 lbs for the shaped version.
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