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Bobelock 1051 Corregidor Violin Case Bobelock 1051 Corregidor Violin Case

This luxury wooden violin case offers extraordinary protection and durability.

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Bobelock 1047 Half Moon Violin Case Bobelock 1047 Half Moon Violin Case

Wooden Half-Moon Violin Case

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Bobelock 1007 Shaped Violin Case Bobelock 1007 Shaped Violin Case

Wooden shaped, full-suspension, violin case

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Popular Violin Case Brands

Bam Hightech Composite Violin Cases

Ultra-Lightweight, Highly Protective, Violin Cases for Professionals

Bam Hightech cases offer professional-grade protection in a small, ultra-lightweight case. Ideal for players traveling with expensive instruments, the Bam Hightech design combines a strong composite shell with a layer of injected polyurethane which gives both excellent shock absorption and thermal insulation. (Cheap knock-off designs do not have this layer.) These violin cases are modern in style, with a streamlined black interior, and come in a variety of colorful, and stylish glossy or leather exteriors.

Bobelock Wooden Violin Cases

Highly Protective, Extremely Durable, Traditional Wooden Violin Cases

Bobelock is our best selling line of cases, and for good reason. Extremely rugged, these cases are put together with custom-made, highest-quality parts, and are made to last. The wooden shell offers a level of protection simply not possible with more modern materials. Available in a wide range of styles, colors, and for a wide range of budgets. Recommended for any player seeking a rugged, high-quality, professional-level case.

Bobelock Fiberglass Violin Cases

Highly Protective, Brightly Colored, Genuine Fiberglass Violin Cases

Highly protective, thick, genuine fiberglass shell, with a traditional, fabric-lined interior. Recommended for those seeing professional quality instrument protection and a stylish, colorful exterior.

Gewa Violin Cases

Lightweight, Modern, Composite-Shell Violin Cases

Gewa's heat-molded, composite shell is both strong and relatively lightweight. Traditional canvas exterior, or brightly colored composite. Recommended for those seeking a light-weight case with professional-level instrument protection.

Jaeger Violin Cases

Handsome, High-End Violin Cases for the Discerning Violinist

Gorgeous Leather or traditional canvas-covered violin cases with an eye toward perfection of detail. Highest-quality, crushed velvet interiors. Strong, lightweight, composite shell. Truly superb craftsmanship.

Musilia Carbon Fiber Violin Cases

Ultra-Lightweight, Highly-Protective, Modern, Carbon Fiber Violin Cases

For the player seeking an ultra-lightweight, yet highly-protective violin case in the traditional oblong shape. Modern look and feel. Space for up to four bows, shoulder rest, rosin, pencils, accessories, and an exterior music pocket.

Pedi Steel-Reinforced Violin Cases

Highly-Protective, Lightweight, Steel-Reinforced Violin Cases

For players seeking a lightweight case with fortress-like protection, and a price that doesn't break the bank. The Pedi standard case features a steel-reinforced, aluminum-alloy shell with rugged canvas exterior and weighs in at just 5.5 lbs.

Recommendations for Selecting a Violin Case

Wooden Cases

Traditional wooden cases offer several advantages over more modern composite materials. High-quality 5-layer plywood case shells give the best overall protection against falls and accidents. If my valued, personal instrument were to be run over by a car (something that happens more often that you would think), I'd want it to be in a wooden case! Wooden cases also allow easy and consistent control of humidity (wood acts as a buffer or sink for moisture), helping your violin stay happy and in tune, and helping to prevent open seams and cracks caused by dry air. What's more, wood is easy to work with and available in abundance, so wooden cases tend to be reasonably priced.

Our Favorite Wooden Violin Cases

Ultra-Lightweight Composite Violin Cases for Professionals

However, compared to more modern composite materials, wood is somewhat heavy. For professionals seeking an ultra-lightweight case, it is possible to combine both excellent protection and lightness in the same case. These high-end violin cases tend not to be as rugged as traditional wooden designs, i.e. the glossy finish may become scratched, or the shell may dent or crack if dropped from a height onto a hard surface; which is why we recommend them for professionals, rather than high-school students. But, 3.5 pounds is a lot easier to carry than an 8 pound oblong, wooden case. Watch out! Cheap lightweight cases are made so by use of styrofoam, thin wooden laminate, or other shoddy materials, and are not suitable for professional instruments.

Our Favorite Ultra-Light Violin Cases for Professionals

Composite Violin Cases

And, then there is everything in between. For those seeking a reasonably priced case, of a moderate weight, a canvas-covered composite case may be a good choice. A canvas exterior is more rugged than a glossy finish, which can easily get scratched or dented. And, a composite shell is lighter than wood, while still offering professional-grade protection for your instrument.

Our Favorite Composite Violin Cases

High-End Cases for Discerning Players

For those seeking highest quality parts and fabrics, and a sharp attention to detail, we recommend considering a Jaeger case. Beautiful, crushed velvet interiors. Hand-laid leather or rugged canvas exteriors.

Ten Questions to Ask Before Buying a Violin Case

1. How is the case constructed? (i.e. How much protection does it offer?)

  • Plywood & Wood Laminate Cases - Very strong, but heavy. If you plan to run over your case with your car, or to drop it off the top bleacher at the football game, this is the kind of case you want. Wooden cases also maintain more consistent humidity levels than any other kind of case. Our favorite maker is Bobelock.
  • Fiberglass Cases - Attractive and colorful, glossy exteriors. The kids love these. Fairly heavy. Strong and resistant to crushing, but not particularly durable. Fiberglass will crack or break if dropped on a hard surface or banged about. All cases get banged about over time, so fiberglass cases don't tend to last as long as wood. Also fiberglass finish tends to get scratched up. See: Bobelock Fiberglass Violin Cases
  • Composite Cases - Attractive and colorful exteriors. Extremely lightweight. Depending on the composite used, these cases can be quite strong, though not as resistant to crushing as wood. Composite cases are typically heat-molded, so you'll want to avoid leaving it in the hot car on a hot summer day, or the case could warp. (Of course, you wouldn't do that to your instrument anyway!) High-end composite cases tend to be the best choice for those seeking to combine lightness/ease-of-travel with professinal-level protection. See: Bam Hightech Violin Cases and Musilia Carbon Fiber Cases
  • Injected Foam / Polyurethane Cases - Injected polyurethane foam (not to be confused with cheap polystyrene foam) is a fantastic material for violin cases. It is soft enough to absorb shocks and bumps, preventing those shocks from reaching the instrument; and yet firm enough to provide good structural support to the shell of the case. It is lightweight. And, it is an excellent thermal insulator, helping to keep out the cold. Some cases are made entirely of polyurethane, with a simple canvas cover over the outside. Other cases use a layer of polyurethane, combined with a composite shell. See: Bam Hightech Violin Cases
  • Steel Reinforced Cases - Steel, as you might think, adds considerably to the crush protection of the case. Because it is so heavy, steel bands are typically combined with a lighter material like aluminum. See: Pedi Violin Cases
  • Polystyrene Foam Cases - These cases, often called featherlite, featherweight, ultralight, etc., are cheap and lightweight, but offer little protection. These are appropriate for student instruments, but not for anything of value.

A note about protectiveness . . . The strength of the shell, i.e. crush strength, is an important consideration. But, be sure to ask also about:

Shock Protection - How well the case absorbs and dissipates bangs and bumps, preventing the shock of such impacts from damaging the instrument.
Thermal Protection - How well the case keeps out heat and, especially, cold.
Case Suspension - Cushions that lift and suspend the instrument within the case. Be sure your fine instrument isn't going to be sitting flat on the bottom of the case.

2. How heavy is the case?

Modern violin cases range in weight from about 8 lb. down to just a few lb. Most of the lightest cases are constructed of polystyrene foam and are not recommended except for inexpensive, student instrument. However, some high-end composite cases combine lightness with professional protection. Still, if weight is not a particular issue for you, a slightly heavier wooden case is often the best overall choice. See: Bam Hightech Violin Cases

3. How durable is the case?

Many cases look wonderful in a picture, but are made with cheap parts that don't last. We recommend asking your dealer what complaints they've had from other customers, and how often they receive warranty claims. Regardless of how nice it looks, a case isn't much use if the zipper breaks or the handle falls off. (Note: We refuse to stock lines of cases that don't hold up over time, which is why you won't see certain manufacturers listed in our pages.) Also important to consider . . . How fragile is the shell and finish of the case? Does it scratch or dent easily? Note: Case covers are available for many cases, and go a long way toward keeping the finish looking new.

4. Is the case comfortable to carry?

If you plan to carry your case backpack-style, be sure to ask about what straps come with the case and how comfortable they are. The size and shape of the case will also affect how it sits on your back and how top-heavy it may feel. If you commute with your case, you may also find a subway strap useful (strap/handle on the end of the case that allows the player to hold it upright while standing).

5. Does it have the pockets / internal space that I need?

If you plan to carry music in your case, ask if it has a music pocket, and whether the pocket is half or full-length. If you usually keep your shoulder rest in your case, be sure that it has a shoulder rest strap or pocket.

6. How easily/securely does the case open and close?

Avoid cheap or difficult-to-operate latches. And, consider what zippers, snaps, and flaps you'll have to move out of the way every time you wish to open the case. Ask your dealer if they have ever had complaints or returns due to defective latches on the case in question. Also, take note of whether or not the case has a latch at all - some rely entirely on the zipper to keep the case closed.

7. How is humidity measured and controlled in this case?

Does the case come with a hygrometer? Is the hygrometer analog or digital. (Digital is more accurate, but requires batteries and isn't as classy looking.) Does the case come with a humidifier? If not, does the case have a clip where a humidifier can be mounted, if purchased separately? Note: Wooden cases maintain a more stable humidity level than composite cases, since the wood absorbs excess moisture and releases it when needed.

8. How difficult is this case going to be to get past the check counter at the airport?

Airlines are now required to allow violinists to bring their instruments with them onto the plane, as long as there is room in the overhead compartment or under the seat. But, a smaller case is more likely to get through without a hassle, and is more likely to fit in the required space.

9. What is the warranty?

Even the best manufacturers make mistakes, from time to time. Does this case come with a manufacturer's warranty? How long is the coverage period? What does it cover? In the event of a warranty claim, will the dealer assist you personally in getting the problem resolved? If not, you'll most likely need to mail the case to the manufacturer for repair. If the case comes with no warranty, there is probably a reason for that; some cases are just not built to last.

10. How is this case going to make me feel?

Ok, so this is really a question for you, not for the dealer. But it's an important one. Before making the investment in a high-end case, think about what you want this case to say about you when you walk down the street, into rehearsal, or to the jam session at the local pub. Are you a classy professional? A stylishly-modern fiddler? With such a wide variety of colors and styles to choose from, be sure to choose one that says something positive about who you are, and what makes you - you.