Looking for Case Advice
So I am looking to acquire a new case. I currently use a Bobelock shaped plywood case which I have had for years. I really like this case, but it is beginning to fall apart, and I would like to find something maybe a bit lighter. I want to find a shaped case that has room for a Wolf shoulder rest. I currently have my Wolf sitting beneath the head of my violin in the Bobelock case if that gives any input as to its size. These are the cases that I have been considering. Any information of this would be appreciated. Thank you.
There are two Crossrock cases that I have looked at, one that is somewhat shaped, the CRF3000, and one that is more traditionally shaped, the CRF4000. Both of these look good, though for some reason the 4000 is usually significantly less expensive.
The Gewa Air 1.7 cases. I have heard very good things about these, but I am not sure that a Wolf rest would fit in one.
Jakob Winter cases. There are two variations of these, one with a section at the bottom for a shoulder rest, and one without this. However, I remember seeing another violinist with one of these and thinking that the top seemed a but flimsy. Is this always the case?
I have been avoiding consideration of BAM cases because of their very high price point, and I have not heard particularly positive things about them, (melting seems to be a known issue).
Galaxy cases. These cases copy the BAM design, but I cannot find much input on their quality.
Core shaped cases. Similar to the Galaxy cases, though much cheaper, and I still can't find much input on them.
Tonareli cello shaped cases. These are interesting, but almost seem too compact. Not sure that a Wolf would fit in their compartment.
Have you considered the new Musafia Lievissima? I haven't seen that in particular, but have always liked products from that shop.
If you're still considering a Gewa 1.7 Air, here's a link to a pic of how my old Wolf Forte Secundo (barely) fits in. I've wrapped the shoulder rest in a light colored cloth to give some visual contrast. In fact, because it's such a tight fit, I do use a cloth to buffer the whole scroll area of the violin.
I second Holly's experience with the Gewa Air 1.7 - Wolf Forte Secondo combo. It's a tight fit but I never bother to put my shoulder rest in the case as I always have a carry bag for the music, stand light etc. I prefer that to putting all my musical possessions and more into an oblong case. A soft briefcase (with shoulder strap) + Gewa shaped case makes for a light combo. The Gewa Air case does open up completely, which some people don't like. I personally prefer that myself as I have had the cover falling off on my instrument while putting it away in the past with other style cases, especially when in a tight greenroom where cases are bumping onto each others while setting up as Andrew pointed out.
I took a look at the photo. If the shoulder rest is in contact with both the pegs and the side of the case as it appears to be, with no wiggle room, that would almost guarantee damage to the instrument should the case be subjected to impact in that area.
Thanks, Dimitri. I appreciate your feedback. It's not exactly touching but probably too close for comfort. There's usually a Korfkerrest that "lives" in that spot. It's flatter and affords more clearance for the pegs... but I'll have my luthier take a look at the damage potential next time I'm there.
Thank you all for your advice. I have been speaking to a few people about the likelihood effectively having the Wolf in an Air 1.7 and have gotten a variety of responses. Someone suggested having it positioned under the scroll of the instrument. It would slightly lift the head, but not too much? Especially since I don't have mine too bent?
Does the Wolf fold flat? Perhaps it could go in the music pocket.
The Bam Hightech is expensive (wait for the Shar 20% sale before you buy) but I have been happy. The case is relatively light (about 4.5 pounds with straps), the body is strong enough to stand on and the straps and hardware are durable. I did have a latch fail and Bam's service department was good enough to send a new latch, which had to be attached with a small rivet gun. I have the dart model which BARELY fits a shoulder rest -- a lot of shoulder rests wouldn't make it in. That is something to consider.
Be systematic. Ask yourself some questions. How important is it that my case protects my instrument? Is weight a real or imagined issue for me? Does my case need to offer thermal protection for my instrument as well as knock and drop protection. What is my upper budget limit?
I wish I could have had a Musafia Lievissima case, it is a lovely case in all respects, but unfortunately was too expensive for me in Canada after the atrocious exchange rate, duties and all, but if you live in the states a clearance priced Lievissima is quite comparable to a BAM and an attractive option that would last a lifetime.
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