Yet Another Weatherproof Case Thread
I have recently decided to upgrade my violin case to something that offers superior impact and waterproofing/waterproofing compared to my current one (American Case from Shar that has actually held up quite well for the last 15 years).
The original plan was to buy a Dealer Sample Musafia that had their tropicalization feature, but given the situation in Italy this looks to not be possible any more.
So I'm down to a couple options:
1) Buy an off-the-shelf Musafia without the added weatherproofing
2) Find another brand that has weatherproofing or some sort of heavy rain jacket option. (But which brand?)
3) I'm way overthinking all of this and most decent modern cases will have no problem even with heavy rain or cold/dry winters.
I'm willing to spend between $500 and $1000 to protect my instrument. What are some options given these parameters? Location is in Chicago, if it matters for weather reference point.
I imagined a could buy a can of spray-on silicone waterproofing, but in an outdoors shop a while back all I could see was "systems" of two or more pots with paintbrushes, and it looked more complicated than it needed to be, so I didn't bother with it.
Most cases indeed offer sufficient rainprooofing! No need to spend more unless you have special requirements.
Get the Musafia as they're amazing and buy a waterproof bag at Shar. 5 bucks!
Are the Musafia cases waterproof? I have one but never tested it out.
If I had something as expensive as a Musafia case, I'd wrap it up in plastic bags, lol!
Musafia cases will last a lot longer than this pandemic. Be patient.
This is true. However the NEED for a violin case is more immediate than that.
Is there not a variety of sprays that can be applied to fabric to make it hydrophobic? I remember looking this up at one point and finding a few products like that.
I pick option #3, you're overthinking.
James, I own a few of these hard shell, Bam high tech slim cases for my violins: https://www.bamcases.com/products/hightech-slim-violin-case. They have air tight seals, which helps protect instruments in all types of weather, and they are very easy to travel with. The only drawback is that there is no pouch for sheet music. So you will have to get something to carry around your music in.
@James. Everyone in Cremona is on lockdown. I got stopped by the carabinieri going to the (deserted) atelier this morning to make sure the payrolls to my employees got processed (I have a pass, so they let me go).
Dimitri. Our thoughts are with you and Lorenzo and all of your team and your families and all of the people of Cremona and the surrounding area. Be safe.
There are sprays, but they pretend they are suitable either for cotton or for GoreTex or for tents (UV-proof) or for leather.
Not only Cremona is locked down. The whole Italy is.
For rain protection, there is hardly anything simpler or more effective than covering the case with a large plastic garbage bag. You can keep one in the music pocket so it is available upon a moment's notice.
Thank you Matt, very appreciated!
The hydrophobic sprays and such don't really guarantee water proofing. All they do is stop the outer layer becoming saturated with water so that the Gortex (or similar) layer, which is waterproof, is still 'breathable'. And in my experience, they don't even do that very well.
if you have the money to buy a wonderful Musafia case you will never be sorry or regret it as long as it is the style and color you want. If you really want the extra insulation just wait a month or so and order exactly what is important for you.
If you go the way of a custom made case, you can ask to have YKK AcquaGuard zippers installed instead of normal ones. Between those and the Cordura cover, the case becomes a virtual raincoat.
I was able to get my hands on a Musafia Momentum, maybe one of the last we'll see in the states for a good long time.
So you bought the violin, I see! Did you manage to get your Musafia with Tropicalization and so forth?