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I've got a nice case, but it's D-shaped, and these have the problem that there's less storage space inside than in a rectangular model. I can only just fit my shoulder rest inside, and other shoulder rests will be too big.

Something about polycarbonate that I find curious is that all the ones I've seen so far have just two latches, and both unlockable. I'm worried about how secure that is. I'd have thought three latches, one of which is lockable, would be a minimum requirement for a good, secure case for an expensive instrument, no?

Fiddlershop's Core CC525 looks very nice. But not the animal print version, lol!

https://fiddlershop.com/collec.....case-cc525

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I have one of those.  Unmentioned in the description are two zippers (one on either side of the latch).  There are several magnetic “latches” in the fabric as well, but I do not think they do much.  

Unstated in your post but, in my opinion another security concern, is the provided brass hydrometer.  This is typically held in to foam with hot glue.  I have found one floating around in the case when a violin was shipped to me, likely due to a bump in transit.  This is disconcerting.    

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I would guess that the main reason no one bothers with locking cases is that thieves would just take the whole case anyway!

A valuable instrument is always either on the owner or in a secure (locked) place. Outside of my apartment, the only way anyone is taking my viola is by fighting me for it, because it is literally never outside arm's reach from the moment I walk out the door to the moment I'm back in my home.

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Yes, the kind of case I like has a lockable latch and zips either side. It will often have a raincover over the latch, but I don't know how waterproof those are - and anyways, even if it's waterproof, the zips won't be.

I was in an outdoors store before Christmas wondering about getting some silicone waterproofing for my violin case, but it wasn't that easy - whereas a spraycan might have been available years ago, now they have two-stage paint-on "systems", and I left the store in confusion.

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The violin I bought from them shipped in one of these.  Its great.  lots if storage.  

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AndrewH said
I would guess that the main reason no one bothers with locking cases is that thieves would just take the whole case anyway! 

Yes. The security aspect I had in mind wasn't theft, it was, will the lid accidentally pop open and something fall out?

Some people have prying fingers, and I have some mini padlocks to keep them at bay.

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The latch may well be lockable.  I do not use this so I disregard it.  I have seen after market water proof sacks for violin cases that can be inexpensively obtained.  Water proofing substrates in a spray can are still readily available on this side of the pond, obtained from sporting good stores or hardware stores.  If appearance is not an issue, latex paint would also work (I often get this free from stores to mix with concrete for added strength and moisture resistance).

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Water intrusion from zipper interstices should be minimal, particularly due the fabric overlap.  

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I checked my fiddlerman case (which I believe was a prototype with a rejected color combination).  Single metal latch.  No lock for latch.

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Both my violin and my viola are in no-name oblong cases. The violin case has a single lockable metal latch, which I have never locked. The viola case has a single metal latch, no lock.

The rain flap on my viola case only covers the latch and about an inch on either side, so that the ends of the zippers are covered. I've been caught in an unexpected downpour with viola case in hand before, and the inside stayed completely dry.

BAM Stylus cases, one of the most popular models among pros, have no latches at all and rely entirely on the zipper to stay closed. I would not buy one personally, but I've seen people put $50,000 instruments in them.

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