Violin case recommendations?
I’m looking into changing my violin case as I have a cheap chinese one right now and I am looking for recommendations.
So just for a quick overview. I have a 120-130 year old violin from the Bohemia region. So not an exceptional violin but it is very dear to me and I love it.
I live in a tropical island where we get 70% to 95% humidity all the time, with it falling to 65%-75% when we put air conditioning. In summer, temperatures are between 25ºC and 35ºC, and in “winter” they go between 17ºC and 23ºC and sometimes 14ºC when it is *very* cold. In contrary to other situations I’ve read about in other threads here, my main concern is not the cold but more the heat, especially as I may have to walk in hot sun or leave my violin in a sun exposed car for a few minutes (which I try to avoid as much as possible), and the humidity as I have noticed it affects my violin and my bows a bit (especially when it varies).
So I’ve been looking around the different brands and threads around this topic on this forum and I’ve seen Gewa, Negri, Musafia and Bam cases get discussed quite often. If I had the funds I’d go for a Musafia but I don’t 😅. I’d also rather get a european made case rather than a chinese one except if the quality really is on point. I also know that some appliances have a treatment called tropicalisation specifically for areas with tropical weather and I was wandering if some cases were tropicalised and if it was useful ?
Anyway sorry for this very long message and thanks in advance for your help 😊
I also live in high humidity. I have a Gewa Air 2.1 MSV, it's very isolating, water proof/pretty good at keeping the humidity out. When I take it from a room with dehumidifier to another place, when I open the case after a long time, the humidity level inside is still at the level that it was in the dehumidified room. Very protective and resistant to shock. The only con is that the case is really shiny but it gets scratched very easily, any bump against a door or wall... very annoying and frustrating.
You might investigate the BAM Hightech insulated cases.
I believe that Bobelock cases are built in the Philippines, so they start life in a pretty humid environment. They are very solidly built and hard to beat at their price point.
Thanks for all your answers I’ll look into those !
While not cheap, the new line of Lievissima Musafia is much less expensive, and you might be able to pick one up from their page of used/demo/blemished models: http://musafia.com/available.html
Thanks for those informations Stephen ! I just had a look at the cheaper demo and all at Musafia’s and they might just fit in my budget. I’ll also have a look at Boveda.
I'd always go for a wooden case, plus a rain cover if you're living in a monsoon region. The wood buffers the humidity and allows to accommodate slowly when climate changes.
I think it would be helpful if you mention if weight is a factor. The Bobelock cases (I have one, its beautiful) are dreadfully heavy. My main case is Bam with the thick polystyrine liner. However, my climate problems are rather different, living in Canada :D
I'm very happy with my oblong Bobelock. Not light but very protective and beautiful. It's also made in the Philippines, you might want to contact them to see what recommendations they may have for your needs.
Bobelock fiberglass cases are better for humid climate, right? A wooden case is humidity/water susceptible.
Not long ago I ordered a case from the demo/pre-owned list from Musafia‘s website. The case I ordered was a demo and in perfect condition!
Just to add: when I bought my last case I was told that a wooden case is much better with direct sunlight than a synthetic one. Even if well insulated some synthetic shells heat up very rapidly with radiant heat.
You should never leave your violin at direct sunlight no matter what case you are using.
Of course David - but it can happen, especially for students at campus say.
Even if you're being responsible, you might have to walk in the sun toward the bus.
That's one thing. The other is that wood can buffer humidity. Let's say you pack your violin in a warm humid place, then head to the airport or other cool, climate controlled surrounding. In a wooden case, the humidity will never condensate but evaporate. In a perfectly sealed hard shell case... well... It's physics, but maybe I'm just overly concerned about stuff like that...
Stephen, that's hardly ever enough long to matter. Unless you usually walk a long way, then I suppose...
Boveda makes a 49% humidity pack for the purpose of absorbing moisture from a case that is too humid. It has a larger outer pack and you replace it when it swells up completely.
@David Duarte: It all depends. My atelier is a 30-minute walk from the train station and in summer it's often 90°F.
Thank you, Dimitri. But, when the case is heating up, shouldn't the RH decrease? How would you explain the increase?!
@Nuuska, in normal conditions the RH would indeed decrease with the increase in temperature. But we are dealing here with a restricted air mass of finite proportions.
Great info Dimitry. I'll drill a hole in my air-tight case :D
If you do put a one-way valve in it and you'll be fine! :-)
I recently purchased a Tonarelli oblong case (carbon fibre pattern, but it's rather fiberglass). There's lots of colours as well as white to reflect sun/heat.
@Mark, my Mercedes is 15 years old and doesn't have a scratch! Really, not even one. But then I am a real maniac - to each his/her own :-) !
I also have a very precious to me but not especially valuable German trade violin.
Thank you Anish. As someone who is a bit obsessed with violin case making, I need to point out that I'm not alone.
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