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« on: Jun 09, 2003, 11:43:24 PM »
Just wondered if folks could share their opinions on fiddle cases.

I currently use (day to day) a Hiscox lightflite shaped. This is absolutely great, can't recommend highly enough. When travelling away I sometimes shove this in a big red Ritter soft case (for el gtrs). I can fit 2 half baguettes (with choice of filling) in this - one in each side. And there's still room for a few jack leads etc.

I keep my 'second fiddle' (with the Fishman on) in quite a good, but old, square case.

My rubbish viola is in a rubbish case - when I get my new viola I will be looking seriously for a new case for it. I'm also considering a double case (not for use all the time, so it would have to be fairly cheap) for viola & violin.

What cases do you like, which don't you??  :P

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Re:cases
« Reply #1 on: Jun 10, 2003, 01:04:36 AM »
I dunno who makes my case. It's a double case, with two instruments perfectly fitting inside. I really want to upgrade to a 4xcase, but at 300 that a lot to spend.
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 10, 2003, 05:04:29 AM »
I use a Bobelock Featherweight case, I think.  It is made by Bobelock, and it is made out of hard foam.  I love it.  It has 4 bow holders, string holder, suspension, 3 compartments for rosin and stuff, music compartment, and blanket.  It was kinds costly, like over $300, but it is well worth it to me.

It is kinda big though.  If you travel a lot it may be a bit much.  Many places sell them, but Bobelock doesn't have a website, so I don't know where to send you for a pic.  They usually have an add in Strings magazine.  Good Hunting!!! 8)

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« Reply #3 on: Jun 10, 2003, 06:47:23 AM »
Don't have a lot of experience here but strings magazine has a bunch of cases reviewed online at strings.com or stringsmagazine.com I use a eastman shaped case for the acoustic it has a nice compact sturdy feel to it and was a heck of good deal.  The case for my electric came with it and is your basic middle of the road suspension case cant complain it came with it.

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« Reply #4 on: Jun 10, 2003, 01:56:13 PM »
Thanks I'll check out the sites you suggested.

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« Reply #5 on: Jun 10, 2003, 10:29:06 PM »
For my main fiddle I use a Stagg which was about 40. I'm not sure what it's made of, but it's hard with a fabric covering, oblong shaped, has room for 4 bows, a zipped outer compartment for sheet music and an accessory compartment which I've had to enlarge, by cutting some of the foam away, so I can fit my shoulder rest in it.

My second fiddle, which doesn't get taken out these days, lives in it's original black coffin case, which I love for aesthetic reasons but wouldn't risk carrying anything in.

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Re:cases
« Reply #6 on: Jun 19, 2003, 06:20:33 PM »
I use a Bobelock Featherweight case, I think.  It is made by Bobelock, and it is made out of hard foam.  I love it.  It has 4 bow holders, string holder, suspension, 3 compartments for rosin and stuff, music compartment, and blanket.  It was kinds costly, like over $300, but it is well worth it to me.

It is kinda big though.  If you travel a lot it may be a bit much.  Many places sell them, but Bobelock doesn't have a website, so I don't know where to send you for a pic.  They usually have an add in Strings magazine.  Good Hunting!!! 8)

Hey Fiddlebuddy - you were ripped off!  I have them here in my shop for $175!!  http://store.yahoo.com/sweetviolinshop/obvicawisu.html

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« Reply #7 on: Jun 23, 2003, 09:48:44 PM »
I use a double case that is very sturdy and HEAVY.  I usually carry it with a shoudler strap.  The manufacturer was not proud enough of it to put his name on it.

I usually buy "bird" brand cases. (cheap,cheap,cheap)

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« Reply #8 on: Jun 24, 2003, 05:09:35 AM »
Maybe I did!  I went back and looked at the receipt.  It is a Bobelock featherweight 1017.  I paid $270.  It has green interior, 4 bow spinners, 3 compartments, suspension, etc.  Whatever the cost, I was just so geeked to have a new fiddle the case price didn't concern me.

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« Reply #9 on: Jun 24, 2003, 09:00:51 AM »
I use a double case that is very sturdy and HEAVY.  I usually carry it with a shoudler strap.

when i was getting a new case for my fiddle (in order to travel safer) i was told that a heavy case was a bad thing becuase if u drop it will land with a greater force and so the instrument is more likely to get knocked around inside etc. so i got a light case that is foam with cabric over it, u know the kind. one of the other specifications it had to have for me to get it was a shoulder strap, it is way to hard to walk on with 5 peices of hand luggage if u have to hold them all! it also had to have a handle that was easy and comfortable to hold - nothing worse then carrying something for ages if it is uncomfortable to hold! the only complaint about my case is that my shoulder rest doesnt fit in! do you know how annoying that is!!!

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« Reply #10 on: Jun 24, 2003, 12:15:43 PM »
Thanks for all this info guys (keep it coming!)

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« Reply #11 on: Jul 12, 2003, 12:03:47 PM »
I use a Heritage IV from Shar (included in the review at Strings Magazine's website). It's quite heavy, but has lots of nice extras (hygrometer, humidifier, string tube etc.) which aren't strictly necessary but I like to have them. My only problem with it really is that my violin, being 14 3/8" long (and unable to fit into most rectangular cases), needs a little gentle "persuasion" to fit in!  ::)

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« Reply #12 on: Jul 13, 2003, 12:19:23 AM »
I use a case that my mother and I "remodelled" because it didn't originally fit my viola very well - it is a basic wood case that we repadded and revelvetized.  My then viola teacher said that because the case was wood it was better than anything you could buy today.  I then have a very old Mooradian(sp?) case cover that is set up as a backpack.  I found that the case cover makes my case - it is now falling apart (after about 13 years of hard travel) - so I am in the middle of designing my own ultimate case cover - with padded backpack straps and a zip - off portion off the back that can be used as a day pack.  The idea came from a lot of backpacking gear I have seen that has 2 backpacks in one and my own need for travelling space since my viola is often my carry-on in my frequent airline travels.  I had a thought to include a special padded compartment for my laptop computer so that everything can travel safely together.

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« Reply #13 on: Jul 13, 2003, 04:53:50 AM »
We've started recommending the rather inexpensive Travelite case from Saga.  They are rather light and very easy to carry, but appear to offer more than sufficient suspension.  The "Semi-Shaped" violin case  [http://www.sagamusic.com/catalog/products.asp?keyword=TL-30] has a list of $70 while the olbong [http://www.sagamusic.com/catalog/products.asp?keyword=TL-35] lists for $80.  Of course, these are available for less.  I think we'll just use them and Bobelock in the future.

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« Reply #14 on: Jul 14, 2003, 06:00:49 AM »
Man you guys would laugh you butts off it you saw my case. A cheap cheap,  has world stickers all over it. A real piece of junk, but it has been with me for 25 years, and i never sit it down. When i travel, I rides with me in the front. and when i fly, i sits beside me,or underneath the seat. never in the lugguge. I did learn this. Don't sit you fiddle down around a car. I had a 1850 Rubis fiddle ran over by my own car.
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« Reply #15 on: Jul 27, 2003, 02:30:09 AM »
With my new viola I have got a basic shaped case. I am planning to get a double case, but not yet.

I was wondering if it is possible to buy those padded 'outer cases' for violas that you see for violins? I haven'tt seen any advertised, but would like a little extra protection on the outside of the case. Any info appreciated.

Cheers,

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« Reply #16 on: Jul 27, 2003, 03:14:19 AM »
I got two case one standard oblong its okay and light and a SKB Violin shaped case looks pretty strong but, stacking & stowage seems to be a little more difficult because of the skewed shape.
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« Reply #17 on: Jul 27, 2003, 10:28:46 AM »
With my new viola I have got a basic shaped case. I am planning to get a double case, but not yet.

I was wondering if it is possible to buy those padded 'outer cases' for violas that you see for violins? I haven'tt seen any advertised, but would like a little extra protection on the outside of the case. Any info appreciated.

Cheers,

Tom

I think I know what you mean - these outers were all the rage a few years ago before cases had integral covers. Then integral covers came along and the Koreans (and others) started making better cases in all shapes and sizes. The result is that the European case 'after-market' is all but dead and its virtually impossible to find an outer that fits. Of the 6 or 7 suppliers I deal with only two supply outers - and these fit only a very small range of cases.

And talking about cases - I had the displeasure of getting some new Korean cases (cheap but look the part) in. They went straight back - these were 4/4 cases that would only accept a 3/4 bow. Supposedly reputable (Korean) make and supplier - beware cheap cases!

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« Reply #18 on: Jul 30, 2003, 02:29:36 AM »
Hi Bob,

I'll get some info next time I see/speak to you.

The outers I have in mind are actually slightly padded and have good straps, unlike the more standard fabric outside bits that you now get with most cases.

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« Reply #19 on: Jul 30, 2003, 07:58:38 AM »
Hi Bob,

I'll get some info next time I see/speak to you.

The outers I have in mind are actually slightly padded and have good straps, unlike the more standard fabric outside bits that you now get with most cases.

Tom

I asked all my suppliers a few months ago about outer covers and they they all said the same thing - either 'not at all' or simple canvas covers particular (Korean) cases. No padded outers at all.

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« Reply #20 on: Jul 30, 2003, 10:49:57 AM »
Thanks for checking anyway. I'll let you know if I can get any info.

Tom  ;)

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« Reply #21 on: Jan 12, 2004, 05:14:21 AM »
Do either Gianna or Pioneer Valley Luthiers Supply carry cases for violas?

The felt protector for the bow hook fell off, so now I have to lay a piece of paper or cloth on top of my viola whenever I close my case.  Also, I tire of the constant danger of losing my shoulder rest as well as not having a pocket in which to stick my sheet music.   Thus, i'm in the market for a new case.

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« Reply #22 on: Jan 12, 2004, 12:04:19 PM »
We order viola cases whenever we need to.  Any level, most brands, no big deal.  Just email us.

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« Reply #23 on: Jan 12, 2004, 02:33:43 PM »
I just invested in a new oblong violin case, a Primavera VLNC4, for about 70. It comes in a choice of navy blue, with black lining.

This has changed slightly from last year's model, but suits me fine. Light but strong enough for my travel needs, it has an oblong endpocket at the scroll end that will fit a bonmusica shoulder rest (the main reason for a new case), and a smaller pocket to one side (fitted by having the violin slightly skewed to the right) for rosin, duster etc. Room for two bows (all I need) though one is a tight fit - but that is OK as it's only for emergencies, and a string tube. The whole area of the top has a zip pocket for music, and there are strong attachments for shoulder straps allowing the case to be carried over one shoulder or two like a backpack. In addition to the regular side handle, there is a hand strap over the top, handy for hanging onto on the tube (underground trains) and when dancing through crowds.

I haven't had a chance to do a proper roadtest (I literally received it in the last couple of hours) but it looks to be just what I needed. Oblong cases in the UK seem to start around the 100-120 range, so I am pleased to get one for under 100.

 




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