Backpack-style straps for violin case

January 17, 2019, 10:08 AM · Hello all!

The strap for my case has worn out, and I am looking to replace it. I have a Bobelock case with the option for backpack-style straps, and am interested in getting them so I can bike with my fiddle on my back.

However, there are no Bobelock retail shops in Germany, and I can't find any shopping options without very high shipping costs.

Does anyone know of an alternative that might work with this case? Other backpack-style straps that could be substituted (and that are comfortable for the back)?

Thank you!

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January 17, 2019, 10:57 AM · You can get Gewa branded backpack straps here:
https://www.thomann.de/gb/gewa_backpack_straps_violin_viola_2.htm

Shipping to Germany is listed at €2.99.

Edited: January 17, 2019, 12:34 PM · I think I have a box in my basement with all the backpack straps from all the violin and viola cases that I have ever purchased. Most of them are Bobelock. I don't use them because I've got the Joey. Send me an email (pdeck at vt.edu) and I'll let you know this evening what I've been able to find.
January 17, 2019, 5:46 PM · Thank you! I will!
January 17, 2019, 8:32 PM · I was able to find this ...

https://www.thomann.de/gb/gewa_backpack_straps_violin_viola_2.htm

January 18, 2019, 6:12 AM · I use Gewa straps on my Hiscox oblong violin case, and like them. However, I bought the cello ones rather than the violin or viola ones. I have a long back, and I needed the extra length that they gave. They are also thicker and more padded, hence more comfortable.
Edited: January 18, 2019, 6:50 AM · I would have expected the length to be relatively independent of the *height* of the person. Shouldn't the length depend on the distance between the rings and the general *thickness* of the user in the area of his or her shoulders? (Sorry to use that word but it conveys the geometric concept.)

Just for curiosity I also calculated the difference in length whether you've got two rings on either side at the top vs. one in the center. I assumed a vertical distance of 24", ring-to-ring and a horizontal distance of 8". The difference was less than half an inch (hypotenuse of 24" x 4" right triangle is 24.3"). However, the difference could be larger because with center rings the straps must pass over more of one's person.

January 18, 2019, 10:30 AM · I will try the Gewa straps and report back. Thanks all!
January 18, 2019, 10:30 AM · I will try the Gewa straps and report back. Thanks all!

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