I know this is a weird question. For those of you who bought violin cases, what do you do with the default/factory case that comes with your violin originally (ie the one come with the outfit, or the one that hold the violin while it is shipped)?
I came a cross a chance to buy a used Bebolock half moon case. I have heard good things said about this brand. I don't think I must have or need a new case at the moment, but a good case last a life time, so maybe it worth spending money on one. However, part of me wonders where the factor default case that I currently have should go. Although this is just another massed produced, low quality case, it is in very good condition. Personally I don't have space to store more stuff in my apartment. I don't think there is recycling for old cases. It won't worth anything if I put it on ebay. I feel very bad to see this going to landfill. Just curious, what do you do with your old cases?
I donated my old case to a local school. It was better than some of the old cases from the School District rentals.
Most cheap foam cases do not provide adequate drop protection for the violin inside.
I think half-moon cases take up more room than "shaped cases" but still hold only 2 bows and have half the interior volume of oblong cases, which are heavier. Unless you are going to pack oddly shaped things around this case - it will take up almost as much space as an oblong case.
I have seen half-moon cases advertised as "looking like a tennis bag". So it may be a thing for a teenager who is afraid of being bullied carrying a violin case.