I Know this is a common topic on this site, but I need some guidance.
I have a very expensive violin (between 7,000 dollars and 11,000 dollars, I don’t want to say the exact price)and don’t know how much I need to spend on a case.
I live in a place that’s really cold in the winter, and really hot in the summer. I do have to drive with my instrument to and from my lesson. Which is about a 20 minute drive on the highway, and in a busy town.
I’ve heard bobelock cases are good. I think I’m stuck between a Bobelock Corregidor and a Musafia case.
I know that Musafia cases are top of the line, and am wondering if a musafia would kind of be over kill.
I know a lot of people have more expensive violins, and they use cases that are even cheaper than a Bobelock.
At the end of the day I love my violin, and just want it to be safe.
You have a modestly-priced violin. Bobelock suspension cases are perfectly functional and good value for the money, and should be perfectly fine for ordinary use.
I suspect a Bobelock case will be fine. I am not sure, given your circumstances, what extra benefit you get by having a more expensive case. Such a case will not really make much difference with regard to the cold winters or hot summers, and it sounds as if your instrument is mostly in your car when you are taking it places. So, it seems to me that you do not need a more expensive case. I have a violin which is worth slightly less than yours, and I have a Bobelock which has worked well for the past 15 or so years. I also live in a climate with a hot summer and cold winter (although perhaps not as extreme as where you live). I also take my violin to lessons and orch rehearsals in my car. So, that's my $0.02. Good luck!
The only trouble with carrying a Musafia case is that knowledgeable people will think you have an expensive violin in it - including knowledgeable thieves. Several of the people I know with very nice sounding instruments that they carry around a lot have them in cases that look like junk.
I have a violin that's worth about $8K and I carry it around town on the bus and the subway, so it gets a good amount of bumping. Right now I have an Ambassador case that I bought a couple of months ago for about $250. Before that I had a Heritage case for over a decade until it began to fall apart. The Ambassador seems pretty sturdy; I could probably beat a bear to death with while the violin was in the case. It's heavy, though, so I'm glad there's a backpack strap option.
I don't think the exteriors of Musafia cases are attention-grabbing, actually. They are recognizable to people who know what a Musafia looks like, since the brown-trimmed cover is fairly unique to the brand. But otherwise they just look any other case from the outside.
I have a violin in a similar price range. I use the Gewa air case (oblong) I love it. But if I were to buy another case, I would buy the shapes Gewa Air. It is light and very reliable.
Have you considered using an insulated case cover like a "Cushy" cover over an ordinary case like the Ambassador case mentioned above? That adds an extra layer of insulation for cold weather. A "Cushy" cover costs about $75.
Bobelock, the wood frame ones, are great cases at any violin value. If you don't think they are fancy enough for you, they protect Hilary Hahn's Vuillaume and Itzhak Perlman's Strad.
Doesn't Perlman use a Timms case?
All good advice above. In Chicago, I prefer the foamy zippered cases when it gets really cold. I play instruments that are about 100-150 years old and leave them at home if it is really brutal.
If you are transporting the violin/case in a car, the thermal isolation is not so important. You are going to be in a controlled environment most of the times by AC/heater.
Lydia, what is the rationale behind the idea of getting a more expensive case for a more expensive violin, provided of course that the older case is as reasonably secure as the new? I can understand that in the context of bow hunting but it doesnt seem as functionally valid here. Unless its exclusively for the added Musafia features. .but then its not about just any costly case or percetange of cost.
Go for a refurbished Musafia. You will get an excellent case for 1/2 price.
Better cases have better protection against all manner of possible harm and stress to the instrument.
I understand that but I do not know if it would be as formulaic as that. At OP's price range I would want a case that protects the violin just as it would a more expensive one for a richer person say. 1. If the violin is destroyed,,all its value is gone..not a percentage of it. 2. The value of a violin is relative to a persons wealth.
Lydia said: "Doesn't Perlman use a Timms case?"
I just wanted to second the mention of a cushy cover for your case for winter. Where I am in the winter it can be in the -30’sC for weeks on end. Before I got one even if just running from the warm house/into freezing air/into warm vehicle/ back into freezing air then into a warm building, my violin felt very cold to the touch once getting to my destination. That kind of drastic temperature swing cannot be good for anything made out of wood!!! Since using a cushy cover in the winter my violin is still warm when I get to my destination with it. It’s my violins “winter coat”.
I just got one of those cool fiber-carbon polyrazmataz little violin cases and a bobelock cover for winter. Those new cases seem about as insulative as a fiberglass kayak sitting outside on a rack in the arctic in January. I wouldn’t use my shiny new bling case without a foamy cover. It is sort of ironic that my old-well worn faded violin sits in such a shiny plasticy thing.
I do love the Musafia cases -- I don't own one and can't afford one, but they do everything you need and then some, so who cares about overkill if you can swing it financially and you love your violin? That said, the Bobelock cases seem fully functional for your needs, regardless of your violin's price. I know someone who uses a Bobelock with their Scarampella.
Tammuz, because at a certain point of time, the value of the case starts getting absurd relative to the value of the violin. Realistically one can feel that a violin is "priceless" but frankly not want to spend a large amount of money protecting it once you get to some "pretty good" level of protection.
I was thinking of much cheaper Musafia models all of which are fine at protecting more or less expensive violins.Im not sure whether a considerable part of the Enigma price goes to the supplementary aesthetical luxury aspect. However generally I get your point.