Decent case for a violin
I'm an amateur violinist and unfortunately, I don't have a lot of luck with choosing a proper case for my violin. I can't really ask my teacher for a case recommendation so I hope to get some help here. Can someone suggest a case(or a manufacturer) I can get(or order from Amazon.com) for around 100$-200$?
(If this violates the "No commercial solicitations" rule I'll delete the thread)
My daughter's case is the Embassy Courier Case from Shar. It was $150. This is a really nice violin case. The Courier has a leather neck tie (much better than Velcro and more elegant too), plus the angled layout gives you two nice-sized compartments for your gear. I thought I was getting a better case than hers by spending a little more money. Mine is a $250 Bobelock from JSI, and it's fine (it's a tank), but I'd rather have hers and she won't trade with me.
You can get a Bobelock shaped wooden case with suspension for about $110. I don't know how protective it really is, but Bobelock cases are usually of good quality.
First of all, I'd like to say that I don't think your thread has violated any rules (please correct me if I'm wrong).
im actually using an AMD case from amazon (bought it because it had a discount) and it holds up really well (it ended up costing 100 instead of 200)
For your limited budget I too, recommend you purchase a PLYWOOD case made by Bobelock. Stay away from polystyrene lightweight cases. You will be throwing your money away.
Check a tonarelli. THey are cheap, but they are sturdy. You might need to do small adjustements to the pad by yourself (in my case, the violin was not floating, so I added a towel under one of the paddings and glued it back)
Plus one for the plywood Bobelock. Very hard to beat at price point.
The ABS molded shaped cases are ok and well under $100. I have some that are over 30 years old. I'd rather one of these than a bargain-basement rectangular case. No room for a shoulder rest inside tho.
I bought a nice looking cheap case from amazon and put it in my cushy case. Works really well.
Nice looking AND cheap. Is that an oxymoron?
Why so much hate, Carlo?
A case will show its value in case of physical impact.
Yep, cheap cases can be fine, and I use them... as long as you're very careful and don't bump or bang them.
@Tim. No hate. Just experience and the knowledge that it brings.
Well, of course, you're carrying a violin, you are not supposed to bang the case all over the streets and test the case's resistance against moving cars.
Let's hope you never have to test your confidence in your modified "no-name Chinese case" in a serious accident.
@Lydia: I have a Bobelock wooden shaped case I use for air travel. I prefer an oblong case for everyday use, but there doesn't seem to be much difference in quality between the shaped and the Hill-style.
There's probably some reasonable ratio of case value to violin value, as well.
In the 100-200 range, Bobelock wood frame cases. IMHO, a Bobelock wood shell suspension case is sufficient for an instrument of any value, even of great value.
My recent experience is that a Musafia with Tropicalization is significantly more temperature-stable than a Musafia without (or a Bobelock 1017 plywood suspension case).
@Lydia. You are right that delicate violins that need extra protection, need to have more spent on their safety. My Amati has had major cracks on the front, so does need looking after. It made it more affordable so there are swings and roundabouts.
That's where I place my violin too. In luxury cars made in the last couple of years, there are usually heating/cooling elements there, as well as under the seats, so a case in that position gets the AC or heat on full blast.
That's an excellent point. My violin always rides in the back seat, although I'm mostly transporting it in a 2-door vehicle that basically has a "grocery and purse bench" where no actual human would fit, and no heating/cooling vents in that area. But, I won't have that car forever, and the weather around here varies quite a bit. Upgrading to a Musafia is definitely on my wish list.
I got a dahan case as a present. I guess its around 150$.
I know it's not exactly on the original topic $100-$200 cases.. but I was looking at Musafia cases which many of you seem to have experience with, there seems to be quite a big price difference for example between Enigma to Superlegerro. Is there a large functional difference across the product line or is it aesthetic appeal?
The Enigma has a lot of extras already built in, that the Leggioro only has as option.
Think of a car brand like Mercedes. You have different models at different price points, from basic to truly luxury. You will get a good safe car at any level, but your wallet and your priorities will dictate which to buy.
The differences across the Musafia line are primarily in function, which I think affects both the cost of the materials as well as the cost of the labor in both time and complexity.
Hope we never see Mercedes A Klasse equvivalent Musafia cases
@Marc. Too true!
Thanks everyone, that's good perspective. Appreciate it.
I have several different types for both violin and viola. I’m currently back to using a plywood bobelock violin and plywood heritage viola for my 1894 violin and 1926 viola. I feel that the half-moon styrofoam case was good, but does not provide the peace of mind that a hard plywood shell does. The half-moon also did not prevent the soundpost from falling In a hard shock fall, which is not what I would have expected given the amount of isolation the foam provided. Some of my colleagues have bought the expensive carbon and in conversation and observation, some of us feel the are a little wanting in the level of protection (see my comments in Musafia’s posts a few months ago.)
+1 for Bobelock cases.
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