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Does anyone know about a long-lasting violin case? My old case starts to show signs of wear so I would like to replace it. The old one was a Core I believe. Nice and roomy. The backstraps are kind of a hassle since there's no sort of padding. I do carry my case for a couple of hours every so often, so I need a case that's comfortable on the back. I also travel with my case multiple times a week so it would be beneficial if it was lightweight.

I'm considering whether or not a violin-shaped case would be a good candidate. I like the idea since I do travel so much with public transportation and it would be nice to have a case that doesn't take up much space.

On the other hand, a violin-shaped case would most likely mean that I need to carry an extra bag for my music and accessories. I doubt that would make it much easier for me. Besides I have a memory like a goldfish, I would most likely forget the bag somewhere if I know myself.

I'm leaning towards a shell/carbon fiber case due to the low maintenance, practicality, and minimalism. They look sleek and sturdy. I like that.

Any experiences or suggestions would be highly appreciated. Thank you.

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I have only owned the Core case my violin came with when I purchased it.  I do like it.  It is lightweight.  I am very careful with it.  I am painfully aware that it is a beginner's case.  Not built to last.  I am sure I will need to replace it some day.

Strings magazine has a good write up on cases with great details on what to look for based on your needs and priorities.  They feature several cases and each has a price range, materials they're made of, weight, and features.

https://stringsmagazine.com/th.....ers-guide/

I will probably read through this again when I need to get a case.

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@Pete_Violin Thanks for the article. I did read through it and I still feel lost among all the options out there. I'm not in a hurry by any means since my case still holds up fairly well. But it's nice to get an overview of what would be a good option when the case starts to fail. I've had the case for 6 years so it has served well for a long period of time. 

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(If you read between my lines, you'll be able to tell that I only very briefly skimmed the OP, lol!)

What's available and its price and shipping costs are probably dependent on geography - e.g. in Norway some options will be dear and some will be cheap. I think I know what a Core case is, and from memory, they seem quite luxurious. If someone in the USA were asking, I'd say get anything from FS shipping free.

Gewa (German) will probably be very good - I have a Gewa bow case. BAM seem to attract negative as much as positive feedback.

Some polycarbonate cases have no music storage facility and should probably be avoided.

I'm not sure if many people care about durability any more - carrying an instrument can be onerous, and ultra lightweight hard styrofoam seems to be very common, even for very expensive antique instruments.

You can look at Hidersine cases - they do everything from hard styrofoam to polycarbonate. Their website is non commercial, you'll have to look around to see where you can buy them and how much they cost in Norway.

I got one of these very cheap from Yamaha London. (I review it here on Ama*on)

My teacher keeps an 18th century viola in one of these.

Most relevant to the OP, if you'll forgive the crude highlighting (lol), their shaped polycarbonate cases do have music storage, and this even offers cushioning for your back (but they are dearer than the styrofoam cases).

I fear I appear to be obsessed by Hidersine - it's not that I am trying to sell them, it's that they are becoming about the only company I know!

I think you should give a lot of thought to internal storage space - some have a huge compartment at one end, others have plenty of room for a shoulder rest where the neck of the instrument goes: others have neither and should be avoided.

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This is my current case btw. Core has a large assortment of cases. I'm unfamiliar with what model this is though. There's a lot of things I really like about this case. The large storage space at the bottom is brilliant. At the moment I got 3 sets of strings, one unfoldable shoulder rest, half a dozen hair ties, a foldable pen, one rubber mute, two polishing cloths, one set of earplugs and a big sized cake of rosin in there. Still plenty of space left. 

There's a storage component under the neck of the violin, but I don't use it much because it's inconvenient. And if one isn't careful when opening it you might end up with sore fingers. I really like the lock for the case though, very sturdy and can be locked with a key. 

About the accessibility in Norway. Most of the major companies (Gewa, Bam, Tonareli, Petz, Accord and so forth.) are usually easy to get access to as well as some lesser-known brands. I'm not too concerned about the cost of shipping and import even if I find a case that I really like that's not available in Norway. After all, if it's a case I can have for several years (and hopefully throughout my whole music career, although that might be wishful thinking.) it would be considered a long term investment. 

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September 8, 2019 - 12:45 pm
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I have a Negri case but things are even breaking and wearing on that one.

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