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damfino
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I eventually would like to get a different case for my violin for transporting it to my lessons. The place I take my lessons is in this cute little town square that begs to be walked around in, and I always do, even if I am just stopping at the coffee shop, and I don't like to leave my violin in the car... I think I'm just weird that way, and I may get over that. I just picture it cooking and warping in the car.
 
The case that came with my violin is perfectly fine, I feel it keeps my violin nice and safe, I decorated it with nerdy pin buttons and everything, haha, but it feels awkward when I put it over my shoulder, or slung over my back to walk around the square. I think I would still use this case for storing it at home, but was looking for something more comfortable for wearing on my back, or over my shoulder, if there is anything that actually is. Maybe it's just it all being new to me that makes it feel awkward.
 
Two cases caught my eye: 
The Bam Contour case... but that one is quite a bit out of my price range, unless I save up for it over the winter when I plan to go on hiatus from my violin lessons (the location is a bit far for me to want to brave going there in snowy weather... I'm a baby, haha).... but also at that price I could be saving for a second violin, lol. But I so love the blue one, lol.
 
...and the Tonareli cello-shaped case, it seems ebay has some decent prices on that one, but the review are all over the place on the quality of it, so I'm not sure it would be worth it.
 
They both have a slightly less bulky look to them... and plus... pretty colors, lol. 
 
I'm not the kind to smack my violin case around, so that isn't why I was looking at the hard shell exteriors. They just caught my eye for who knows what reason. It doesn't need to be big for taking it to class, the only accessory it would need to fit for class is my shoulder rest, and I can use a separate magazine bag for my music books. 
 
Any case suggestions? Any thoughts on these two cases if anyone has experience using them, or know someone who has?
 
I'm open to suggestions and input. Again, I most likely won't be able to make a purchase, unless something the perfect price pops up, until winter... maaaybe autumn. I'm just in my research phase. I know it's August, but I do scheduling at work, so it's already October in my brain, haha.

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I have heard good reviews about the Bam, but I think it would be wise to get a hoody, (there are some that Bam create for their respective cases) since there are snowy winters. That may add 100-150 to the cost, and you should also add a descent silk bag, since there is no protective blanket in this case. It's eye-catching though, and I like that the frogs of the bows are stored away from the instrument top.

That being said, I guess that you get the best in terms of protection/weight ratio out of wood laminate. Not only they feel (and usually are if they are made properly) sturdier but they provide a better humidity and temperature shield. 

What I don't like about both cases is that they lack humidity control which is something that matters when you get outside.

I'v also heard good reviews (about everything,  weight, space, lifespan etc) about the wooden bobelock half moon. It's got everything you need and it's not oblong or bulky and has a velvet interior option +  is at a decent price.
I think that Pierre and Mike have it listed on Fiddlershop actually

If you are eager to break the bank, there is Musafia as well. Lifetime warranty, and have heard only positive comments so far. 

P.S.Padded straps could also make the situation more comfortable, and at a much lower cost, and much sooner I guess.

P.S 2. Carrying the violin with you is of course better than living it alone in the car, especially a trunk or so. But if it's on your back, the case should protect your instrument from your own weight, since there is always the potential of one slipping, loosing his step, and landing on your case, could be not that great for what's inside. So it really has to be sturdy, no matter how careful we are

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If you're wanting to get a case relatively soon at a modest price, I can recommend the case that comes with the violin I've been renting for the past month. It is a Protec MAX Student Violin case.Nothing fancy, but it is sturdy, comes with a decent amount of storage space, and feels comfortable to carry over the shoulder. It has a backpack strap attachment too, but I haven't tried that. Definitely a step up from the case that comes with many less expensive violins.

I've been using the one in basic black, but it apparently also comes in various other colors like purple and fuschia:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com.....7000002000

http://www.amazon.com/MX044FX-.....B009IDT7LI

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The problem I've found with violin cases is that they make them too compact. The cases I have and one's I've tried / looked at in the violin shop is that there is no room for a shoulder rest (especially the Bon Musica) without dis-assembling the rest and even then it's hard to pack the thing in and close the compartment lid. It's not practical to put the rest in the outside flap that is made for sheet and music books.

My violins never go in their cases unless I'm transporting them to the luthier, they stay outside the cases even when not in use. So for me to to spend a lot of money on a case that will accommodate a shoulder rest is impractical.

 

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Fiddlerman
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August 13, 2015 - 9:19 am
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Here are some of the cases we sell at fiddlershop. We also work with about 30 different distributors and even have cases that aren't listed at our shop. Bam and Tonareli are two "strictly cases" distributors in which we absolutely don't list all of their products. We could probably fill 20 pages with cases if we wanted to. LOL
Just let us know what you need and we'll do our best to beat anyones price.
http://fiddlershop.com/Violin-.....1323315951

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Thanks for the advice. That Bobelock does look nice, it is one that caught my eye while browsing, and I really like the price in the Fiddlershop. 

even though I think the Bam case I like will always be out of my price range, it was making me wonder, how important is the humidity protection in a case? I'm based near Cleveland, Ohio, and being by the lake our humidity runs high (it's over 70% this morning), and then of course during the winter with furnaces on for months, everything in the house dries out.

In my little dream in my head, if I did splurge and bought the Bam case for silly reasons like it being shiny and pretty, it would only be used for carrying it around the day I take my lesson, or anywhere else I might happen to take my violin, not for storing it at home. 

I think the contoured shaped cases (of any brand) appeal to me because they look like they would sit in place better while over my shoulder (I prefer to put the strap diagonally over my shoulder, cross body style) and my current case flaps around and smacks my back while I walk, lol, and I have to hang onto the strap to make it stay still. The strap I use is nice, I took it off of my carry on luggage bag, and it has a nice shoulder pad on it.

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damfino said
Thanks for the advice. That Bobelock does look nice, it is one that caught my eye while browsing, and I really like the price in the Fiddlershop. 

even though I think the Bam case I like will always be out of my price range, it was making me wonder, how important is the humidity protection in a case? I'm based near Cleveland, Ohio, and being by the lake our humidity runs high (it's over 70% this morning), and then of course during the winter with furnaces on for months, everything in the house dries out.

In my little dream in my head, if I did splurge and bought the Bam case for silly reasons like it being shiny and pretty, it would only be used for carrying it around the day I take my lesson, or anywhere else I might happen to take my violin, not for storing it at home. 

I think the contoured shaped cases (of any brand) appeal to me because they look like they would sit in place better while over my shoulder (I prefer to put the strap diagonally over my shoulder, cross body style) and my current case flaps around and smacks my back while I walk, lol, and I have to hang onto the strap to make it stay still. The strap I use is nice, I took it off of my carry on luggage bag, and it has a nice shoulder pad on it.

Humidity control is really important if you consider that violins are made of wood, and wood would behave differently under various temperature and humidity conditions. Not only it may affect your playing and overall sound, but rapid changes in humidity etc (for instance if you take your instrument from an air conditioned room    and expose it in outdoor conditions), could mean a thermal or humidity shock for your instrument

Besides the fact that the ideal conditions should be somewhere near 40-60% it's not a really good idea to change the humidity and temperature rapidly. Just because rapid changes could mean rapid contractions or expansions, and these are a usual culprit for cracks, and who wants cracks after all?

And an acceptable case could guarantee some protection over this. I mean you are not going to leave the violin in the savannah or throw it in a lake, but its case should give you the necessary time you need to bring your violin in a comfort zone again. Having a hygrometer and a humidifier, could provide you with some monitoring over the whole situation. It will not be rocket science or instruments with no tolerance, but it's more than nothing

I also prefer carrying the case diagonally, when it comes to long distances, and almost any case could be carried that way, oblong, halfmoon, shaped, whatever. Yep. contoured fit better in your back of course, but we are not discussing just the shape. Make sure it adds significant protections against impact and thermal/humidity shocks. 

You also don't want a case that would fall and instead of absorbing the shock,  would bounce,  subjecting the instrument to more force. 

Case-hunting, is unfortunately inconvenient since you can push the case to its limits only when you own it. But it's fun.

You also say :
In my little dream in my head, if I did splurge and bought the Bam case for silly reasons like it being shiny and pretty, it would only be used for carrying it around the day I take my lesson, or anywhere else I might happen to take my violin, not for storing it at home. 

Maybe carrying it around or anywhere else, are occasions of needing more protection than storing at home? wink

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Fiddlerman
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August 13, 2015 - 4:44 pm
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Yes, I love that Bobelock case as well but if it's the one that I'm thinking of they are a bit on the heavy side. Which you need to think about if you'll be walking around town, which is exactly what I do as well. I never leave my instrument in the car, not even for a few minutes.
We have these very affordable carbon fiber cases that we purchased at a better cost because they were discontinued. I know that Michael hasn't created the product page for it yet. Give us a call at 954 530 5999 and ask him about that case. He could take some pictures with his cell phone and give you an exact price. Tell him you are a forum member so that he treats you extra special. 😉

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Thanks! I'll give him a call tomorrow 🙂 

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