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Crappy violin cases
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Hman
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I don't know if it is just me, but has anyone noticed that violin cases are expensive and not very well made at all?! I can find a guitar case anywhere for any amount of money and they are made 10 times better. Not to mention they are obviously much bigger. This makes no sense to me and is frustrating as I'm a little anal about the quality of things. There is no violin case that I have ever seen under $500 that is made well. Sorry for the rant, it's just frustrating to me. 

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KindaScratchy
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January 31, 2014 - 7:27 pm
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Um, I don't know, Hman. I hear what you're saying but I'm mostly satisfied with the case that came with my violin outfit. It may not be an expensive hard shell case, but I've traveled with it and it held up pretty well, even in the overhead compartment on the airplane.

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It also has enough space in the compartments to hold my Slipper shoulder rest, rosin, cloth, electronic tuner, extra strings, etc. And, I like that it has handles on the long side and one short end, as well as a shoulder strap. Plus, it's light.

My husband has a nice case that came with his violin and it's similar in size and storage space to mine.

I just checked both Fiddlershop.com and Amazon.com and there are some nice looking cases available there for under $100.

So, my question is: how do you define a good quality case? Maybe my standards are lower. :)

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Hman
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Yea mine has all those things as well- space, straps, light weight. But every case that Pierre sells I've seen at my local dealer and yes all cases look nice in pictures, but in person they just don't quite cut it. I guess I'm looking at the actual quality of material and how well it is put together on the inside. They are never put together well, are not stitched together properly, and the materials inside are very cheap. You are right though, they are all light. And maybe that's why they use cheap materials on the inside. I dunno. :(

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Fiddlerman
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February 1, 2014 - 2:28 pm
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I kind of agree with you about how they are made, usually because they are made in China, but I don't agree that they are expensive. 20 years ago I paid $1000 for an Italian case that I thought was fantastic and it only lasted 7 years. Check out our Bam cases.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman
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February 1, 2014 - 2:38 pm
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Sorry, just realized that we haven't even entered all the Bam cases. I'll have Michael do that on Monday. :-)

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but the one who needs the least."

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Sounds good Pierre, I'll check them out. I hate to complain but it's one of the things I've noticed since playing. A prime example are those Tonareli cases. I think they are so cool looking and would be perfect for me on my motorcycle. But then you open them up and it's a disaster. 

Your example of your $1k case is exactly what I'm talking about. A case that costs that much should last longer than that and physically look beautiful with no blemishes and everything being symmetrical on the inside. But no, not even that was enough.

I think it has something to do with the instrument itself. Traditionally people who have played the violin have been upper class individuals. Thus everything costs more for it and now we are conditioned to expect everything to be more. I believe we can argue that the quality is higher in terms of the build of the instrument, the quality of strings, etc. when compared to other instruments like a guitar and thus we pay more for them. (We pay $75 for strings and a guitarist pays $15.) But when it comes to the case we are not getting what we pay for by any stretch of the imagination. /rant :p

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Looks like the BAM cases might be a winner Pierre! I really wish I could see one in person though. All cases look good in the pictures :( I'm not driving down just for a case, but my gf and I are car searching so if we find a car near you I'll make sure to swing by lol j/k.

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Fiddlerman
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February 2, 2014 - 11:20 pm
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"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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LOL Pierre - the first thought I had about the last case in the first picture was
"What is that - the Tommy gun comes pre-attached?" probably because I was reading something about Bonnie and Clyde over the weekend. facepalm I quickly realized the black poles are probably a handle for a wheeled case and not a special feature for Al Capone's boys.

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I have this one:

http://fiddlershop.com/accesso.....-case.html

No complains so far. Considering riding in our public transport that can destroy anything - this case is amazingly durable. Not a scratch in more than a year... Of course, it's not that much of time, but other cases i had - didn't want to last that long without ANY damages. Though this one is not light...Not at all...XD

 

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LOL Pierre - the first thought I had about the last case in the first picture was
"What is that - the Tommy gun comes pre-attached?" probably because I was reading something about Bonnie and Clyde over the weekend. facepalm I quickly realized the black poles are probably a handle for a wheeled case and not a special feature for Al Capone's boys.

LOL!

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I have and use the Courier Case as well. Suits me perfectly.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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