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Cases: Velour vs Velvet?
« on: May 19, 2006, 03:16:02 AM »
So... today's random question involves what one should look for in cases:

Velour or Velvet?

I remember reading somewhere a long time ago that velvet tends to be more durable than velour. Does anyone know if this is really the case? Is there some other reason to choose velvet over velour? Remember that we're talking about the velvet one would find in a "relatively inexpensive" case from a company like Bobelock. $125-$300. Fine cases to be sure, but not $2000 works of art.

Comments appreciated. :)

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Re: Cases: Velour vs Velvet?
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2006, 03:21:27 AM »
I think the only difference is that velour has a knit foundation, while velvet has a woven foundation.   Velvet won't stretch like velour will.  As for durability, that mostly depends on the quality of the given piece.  They both come in a wide range of weight and quality.

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Re: Cases: Velour vs Velvet?
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2006, 10:39:20 AM »
I've heard (not sure where) that silk is better for the varnish than velvet or velour. Not sure how durable though.

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Re: Cases: Velour vs Velvet?
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2006, 04:08:46 AM »
I THINK that silk is better but velour more durable, thats why they put velour in the cheaper cases.

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Re: Cases: Velour vs Velvet?
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2006, 05:12:00 AM »
Assuming that you aren't constantly spilling beer into your case, I suspect the durability is equivalent.  That is, I suspect both last for decades just fine.

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Re: Cases: Velour vs Velvet?
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2006, 06:06:52 AM »
Get the case with the best accessory layout, and just get a silk bag for the instrument, and not worry about it!

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Re: Cases: Velour vs Velvet?
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2006, 01:54:46 PM »
Get the case with the best accessory layout, and just get a silk bag for the instrument, and not worry about it!

Can I hear an "Amen"?

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Re: Cases: Velour vs Velvet?
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2006, 01:36:06 AM »
Get the case with the best accessory layout, and just get a silk bag for the instrument, and not worry about it!

Amen indeed. That logic is hard to beat!

Thanks for all replies to the question.

It actually turns out that I won't need to buy a new case immediately. A friend give me their old case, a well-loved professional-grade oblong design; it needs some work, but nothing too serious. It at least lets me delay buying a new one for a while (6-12 months).

All that said, I'm 99.9% sure I've identified the case I want. The Bobelock #1047 Half Moon Violin Case looks perfect and one can get it with a silk lining. A friend has one and really likes it. Compact and light enough for frequent air travel. Even better, I can order it through Steve and give him a bit of business. ;) Need to save my pennies...

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Re: Cases: Velour vs Velvet?
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2006, 06:25:22 AM »
The Bobelock half-moon case is a *great* case for the money.

It's hard to go wrong with any Bobelock case actually.

- Ray

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In the bag-- silk bag, that is
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2006, 07:27:44 AM »
Hmmm, I got all the cases I need, but a silk bag would be cherry.

Where does one get those?

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Re: Cases: Velour vs Velvet?
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2006, 12:31:07 AM »
Hmmm, I got all the cases I need, but a silk bag would be cherry.

Where does one get those?

If you go to the Southwest Strings site you can get a real silk one for like $3.  'Course it has their logo on it... 
Both Southwest and Shar sell non-logo bags, silk and/or polyester for a bit more; I forget the prices for the non-logo 'cause I got the cheap-but-silk one that did happen to have their logo. 
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Re: Cases: Velour vs Velvet?
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2006, 01:00:41 AM »
If you go to the Southwest Strings site you can get a real silk one for like $3.  'Course it has their logo on it...  Both Southwest and Shar sell non-logo bags, silk and/or polyester for a bit more; I forget the prices for the non-logo 'cause I got the cheap-but-silk one that did happen to have their logo.

Man. I like SWS' site, but it can be cryptic at times. I found these:

JSB -- Southwest Strings Shaped Violin Case Accessory -- Red silk bag with the Southwest Strings logo. Protects violin from scratches and dents. Composition: Satin. $3.95

BG1 -- Southwest Strings Shaped Drawstring Violin Case Accessory -- Satin instrument bag with drawstring. Protects instrument from dust and scratches. Accommodates any size violin. $6.95

I like their description on first one... a "silk" bag made from "satin." Maybe I'm missing something there. ;)

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As for a true silk bag, the most promising one I found was the "Concord CV100A Silk Bag for Violin." They have them at finecases.com for $24.00. You might be able to get it from Steve as well, since he carries finecase/concord stuff.

http://www.finecases.com/browse/concord-cases/concord-cases-2384.html

edit: finecases.com has it for $20.40, not $24.00. Not bad, really...
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Re: Cases: Velour vs Velvet?
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2006, 01:07:33 AM »
The Bobelock half-moon case is a *great* case for the money.

Thanks for the vote on that one, Ray. Much appreciated. 

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Re: Cases: Velour vs Velvet?
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2006, 04:36:43 AM »
Hey, you're welcome.

Mind you, I think the Musafia's are a better case (the high-end ones, anyway like the Aeturnum and Luxury or Master series) but they're also expensive.  You get what you pay for but still, they're expensive.

The Bobelock's are a good solid case, well thought out, and a great buy for the money.  And the half-moon case is a wonderful value -- a good amount of storage space, light weight, good protection, and very reasonable cost.

- Ray

 




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