Musafia, Timms, Negri, Gewa, or GL. Which one?
1. Musafia, Momentum
2 .Negri Diplomat Violin Leather Case
3. Gewa Original Jaeger Prestige Oblong violin case - leather exterior
4. Timms English Model Oblong - possibly leather exterior
5. GL Quarter Circle Violin Case Brown Leather
Those are all great cases. Can't go wrong!
In my professional opinion, in terms of long-term quality, the Timms and Negri come in first, the GL a close second, and the Gewa a distant and dead last.
Timberland boots? That brand makes violin cases?
The "original" Jaeger oblong cases appear to be overpriced, and living under the shade of its past reputation. The construction, while german, is not based on a wooden shell, but rather Gewa's "thermo" shell (which may be better for weather protection, but not as protective as wood, at least from what I know-Mr. Musafia can elaborate further if he so wishes.) Now, I have had a similarly constructed Gewa case, and while my instrument did not have any problems inside of it, I really prefer the wooden shells, and would only recommend them.
The basics of this discussion are that Luis Negri and Desmond Timms (or Maurizio Riboni) are actual people who take pride in what they are making, to the point of putting their names on their products. GL Cases is a large corporation, but has a solid tradition and I've seen their cases, they are well-made, I will vouch for them too.
I know someone who carries a Strad in that GL case (or at least one that looks like it). A really beautiful case, but I will warn you that it really
I have had 3 wooden Jaegers; one single violin, two double violin, one a leather-covered "gift" for setting up a friend's cello - this one his father bought in Germany in 1947, while serving in the US Army.
Dimitri Musafia, you are such an honorable gentleman. You just couldn’t bring yourself to comment on the relative standing of your own case, even though it’s right up there with the best.
OP edited their post to mention Musafia, recently; the original did not.
OK, but he’s still a gentleman. ;)
Right now, the Musafia model in the mix is nowhere near as expensive as the Diplomat-- and perhaps the Timms. I'd have to check that. If you goosed up the quality to the Master (or Enigma or Aeternum), you would make it a fairer fight. And I'd almost certainly get a Musafia before the other two. I actually love the look of the Timms above all others, but it is a latecomer to the suspension game and isn't as watertight as Musafia. That is less of a deal in the UK, where humidity is fairly persistent. In the US, though when rooms get bone dry, I'd want something that wouldn't squander the fruits of an in-case humidifier.
The Momentum seems really good to me, and not too expensive. A bit minimalistic, and more practical. They do not like to make trash products just to cut down costs-even the more affordable Lievissima is well made, and just lacks many of the other bells and whistles in order to get you a lighter case.
Thanks everyone for their kind words! Still, I wouldn't overlook Riboni, here's the website: http://www.maurizioriboni.it/ENG/home.html
Musafia cases are quite awesome.
I love the latch mechanism on my Musafia.The definition of " solid".