Detachable music pockets – why?
In my 35 year experience making violin cases, only very rarely have I been requested to make a detachable music pocket. The reason was usually to be able to hold, alternatively, normal sheet music and much larger conductors’ scores. That makes sense.
But this past year, I’ve been almost weekly asked if my cases have detachable pockets, and I am wondering why.
Is it simply because it’s becoming commonplace that many plastic and CF cases new to the market, lacking a case cover, attach the music pocket by means of snap buttons? Or is there suddenly now a real reason why one would need to remove the pocket in some moments and reattach it in others?
Despite my having played violin semi-professionally for 20 years I just don’t get it. An empty pocket by itself weighs only around 120g., and its removal would practically annull this advantage owing to the hardware necessary to make it attach and detach.
Anyone’s thoughts are appreciated. Cheers!
Hello Mr Musafia, it is a good question :-). I have to admit that the first thing I tried to do with your double violin case bought in your workshop in Cremona just a week ago, was trying to detach the pocket :-)
I can try to guess.
I don't know. I have not had a case with a detachable music pocket. I am thinking detachable music pockets have become more popular. But, in my experience, the zippers on the music pocket part of the case are the first thing to break. So, maybe people are wanting a detachable music pocket to avoid that? My cases have never been of the quality of a Musafia so maybe zippers breaking isn't a problem in that quality of case. Sometimes, too, it is very easy to overload the music pocket and I worry about the hinges when the case is open.
In my particular circumstances: at my class, we must leave the cases in another room and bring in just the violin, music and accesories. The detachable music pocket and accesories bag is useful for that. It's not a life changing thing, but habits are hard to change.
I have no idea why anyone would even want a pocket, much less a detachable one. It makes the case heavy and it's inclined to tipping over. The big black orchestra folders don't fit in them. I get Carlos' point about limited space in the rehearsal venue, but why not just keep your stuff in a backpack or canvas bag?
Guessing, but I suppose that some people just like the option to do either or, and find the empty music sheet pocket unnecessarily bulky. I myself rather carry a separate accessory/music bag.
I have no wish for a detachable music pocket but I use the zippered music pocket on my case all the time. The big black orchestra folder stays at work, and I take home the music from inside it. The pocket keeps the music safer than a backpack would, and it's one less thing to keep track of.
I've wondered the exact same thing many times before. Pockets are useful, but them being detachable just doesn't make sense; any situation where I would need to bring the music separate from the case is a situation where I would just remove the music from the pocket and bring it to the desired location.
First of all thank you all for your thoughtful attention and answers! And, Bohdan, it was a pleasure to meet you and your lovely family - I hope you enjoyed the party!
I have a very basic student violin which came in a somehow contoured case. The case has an external zipper pocket which is probably designed to carry music sheets. I absolutely hate it. It has not enough room for carrying a book, so I just use it to carry a set of replacement strings, and I carry my music in a document folder, in my hand. Another thing I don't like about the case is that it just has a strap, so you can't wear it as a backpack.
I've got cases like that for ukes, Miguel. I keep harmonicas and a tuning fork in the pockets. This is the first time it has ever occurred to me that the harmonicas make the tuning fork unnecessary!
A friend of mine basically uses his Musafia like a briefcase, as he takes his violin to and from work. He's a lawyer and totes around a truly astounding number of documents in it -- so much so I swear the thing is a form of transdimensional storage, since it seems inconceivable that so much is stored in it with the case still looking flat. Every time I see that I deeply regret not having bought the extended music pocket for mine. :-)
Andrew, I guess these cases can be right for an ukelele... but they're a pain for carrying a violin! I don't know what will I get, but I know I don't like my current case at all.
I agree with Julie: the extra weight in the lid make the case tip dangerously backwards as soon as we fit the violin. In some cases (haha!) the lock then scratches the back of the violin.
That, Adrian, depends on two basic factors: the design of the case, and the capacity of the music pocket.
I stand corrected!
Internal straps are a good idea, because especially in the past even some famous case makers relied on hinging alone to calibrate the amount of aperture of the lid, overstressing the screws that held them attached to the shell and leading to their premature failure.
I suspect what you are seeing here is "feature creep." Someday, Bam is going to make a violin case with a cup-holder. And when they do, your customers will start asking for it. You know those "compare" web sites? Yeah there will be a category for "cup holder" and in the "Musafia" column it'll say "none" and there goes your livelihood.
A cup holder, now that's a great idea, I often carry a mug along for coffee break, that would free up one hand!
If you make your own custom cases, then perhaps there's an opportunity to innovate and get your products to stand out. Think in terms of a musician. What do they use it for, and how can it be improved?
Not to be snarky, but when are we getting cup holders? Those are really in fashion, but haven’t quite seemed to break the instrumentalist market.
For the American market, there also needs to be a place for your Glock 9-mm pistol.
That’s GL that makes weapons cases, not Musafia.
I have to admit that I'd really like to be able to strap a water bottle to my case. I take one to every rehearsal. :-)
We are too traditional...
As to patenting the Glock-in-a-detachable-pocket idea: The Second Amendment probably couunts as prior art...
OK, people, this is top secret but I'll admit that I am working on an integrated 3-D printer. Just think, your plane is late, you've missed dinner, and you can print a spaghetti alla carbonara via your dedicated cellphone app. It's still a beta version but I aim to be able to make the plate and fork edible too.