Affordable, Lightweight Travel Case
Hi. I am looking for a lightweight case I can use to transport my viola to and from school and around campus daily. I'm hoping for something reasonably protective, but it also will mostly either be in a locker or in my hand for the majority of the time. I don't take the subway or anything like that.
I'm seeing a lot of options for violin cases, but not much for viola that isn't going to be a struggle to walk 2 miles with. Or the few that I do see are ~$1000+ (USD), which is not really affordable for me right now.
I’ve heard that the BAM cases are light in weight but sturdy.
Most of the brands of violin cases mentioned on other threads have viola equivalents. (Musafia, Riboni, et al.) They will be incrementally heavier-- nobody is adding helium to the viola models. But you're trying to solve the same problem of balancing volume, weight, and strength. And cost.
The Pedi cases are quite popular with college students in my area. They have comfortable built-in backpack straps that can be tucked in when not in use and they hold sheet music nicely while still being lightweight. They’re not expensive at all and they provide decent protection. They’re foam core cases, so not as tough as hard cases, but hard to beat if you’re carrying them a lot.
The Pedi cases have what they call "steel-shield" technology. Basically, they inserted steel bars into high-density foam. It's supposed to make the case more resistant to force. They even have a picture of someone standing on it. I've had a pedi case before and liked it quite a bit.
Lion's viola cases (available on Shar's website) are quite light and sturdy and easy to carry around.
The comments on Pedi cases are very interesting. I've bookmarked a couple for when my case wears out.
Riboni makes a lightweight wood case, a great choice if you like oblong cases:
On the budget end of the scale, you can check out Protec Max viola. I got one of these off Amazon, it's dirt cheap and light. I feel like I shouldn't, but my fine viola goes inside this when I don't wanna lug my wooden case around...