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Toshira TC66 Shaped Violin Case
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, Anonymous
reviewed on: 02/10/2017
Great for the price!
My students love these cases! Especially the backpack straps. They over all hold up well, protect the instrument and look pretty. Sometimes the bow spinners and velcro neck restraints don't last long with children that aren't as gentle. The nice thing is the price and protection of the instrument. I have never had a problem with any of the zippers.
Toshira TC66 Shaped Violin Case
REVIEWED BY: Parent, STEVE RO
reviewed on: 02/08/2017
You get what you pay for
Was good for a month. Then velcro neck strap padding came off. Then both zippers broke.
Cushy® Deluxe Carry-All Dart Shape Backpack Case Cover for Violin
REVIEWED BY: THOMAS WEBER
reviewed on: 01/29/2017
Great for keeping things together and safe
The exterior is good grade of woven tough fabric and interior has a moderate level of padding. I'm a new student and my outfit includes an injection molded SBK case which lacked storage for my shoulder rest and backpack straps. This cover solves those issues and will be great for going to lessons and music camp this summer
SL Super Light Compact Violin Case
REVIEWED BY: Student, BRAD ARRENDALE
reviewed on: 01/28/2017
Neat Little Case
Allow me to preface this review by saying I'm a cellist, not a violinist. Similarities are drawn but there's just too many differences between the two for me to speak as an authority on the upper strings. Nonetheless, this is merely my opinion as a prospective student of the treble clef. Not a bad little case for the price! It feels rather sturdy, but I wouldn't park a truck on it. The side handle is glorious to hold, with just the right amount of give but still remaining firm. The top handle is a bit less so, but I wouldn't wander around toting my violin case by the top anyhow. Great for picking it up in a pinch though. The straps are pretty serious for such a small, light case. These are straps I'd expect to come in handy to pull a car from a ravine, so certainly they should be acceptable for the job they're given. You get two, so you can backpack it or sling it. There's more than enough D-rings to attach the straps to suit just about any imaginable carrying style. As light as this case is, I doubt you'd need to truly backpack the thing. But, coming from the cello to the violin, everything feels lighter, smaller, and more manageable; I might be biased. The sealing surfaces seem to mate up snugly, which makes opening it a little bit of a challenge the first few times. Three spring-loaded latches keep it all together, and while I'm not super crazy about the style, they serve their purpose. My only complaint with the latches is they don't seem to put a firm amount of pressure on the lid, but after slinging my case around for a few hours I never saw any of them give out. I did toss it in the shower for a few minutes, and the interior didn't seem to get soaked from the treatment. I wouldn't go swimming with the case, but certainly if you had to make a dash in a drizzle the cargo should be safe. The hinges are riveted on, but they seem solid enough to withstand a multitude of opening and closing sessions. The finish is wonderful, for what the case is. Close inspection reveals some imperfections in the surface, such as bumps and pits where a piece of dirt may have been painted over. But from even a foot away, the silver does a great job of masking them. The nearly glass-smooth surface lends itself well to decals, so great news to those who want to customize their cases. The feet on the bottom and back of the case keep that finish from being marred as you toss the case about; unless you land on some gravel, those surfaces should be all right for wear. The inside is pretty spartan. Two bow holders with spinners seem to keep your sticks from moving about too much, and the spinners themselves have positive feedback and good retention. I didn't run into any issues with the bows contacting the violin. There's no excess of plush foam and nicely swept velvet. A practical support system should keep your violin from dancing about in the case, but I did find my particular instrument left about 1/2" of a gap between the bottom of the violin, opposite of the chinrest, and the cushioning. Not enough to seriously concern me, but might be an issue for some. There was plenty of clearance around the scroll and pegs, and the neck strap was plenty long without going overboard. The bottom storage was a huge selling point for me, personally. Some of these smaller cases I looked at simply couldn't accommodate the Everest shoulder rest I have, so finding one that could not only hold it but also keep it secure was a big plus - there is a velcro strap that snugs the shoulder rest against the bottom of the suspension cushion, and it's a really nice touch. The accessory pouch at the very bottom of the case is large enough for a cake of rosin and perhaps a string or two, maybe a mute and some cleaning cloths. I wouldn't try to fit an entire studio in the bag, but for what I personally need it's more than enough space. Overall I'm more than pleased with the purchase. After going through a few in the $99 range from other vendors, I decided the extra $50 was worth the investment for the features I was after. Plus, getting something from an actual vendor is more comforting to me than the common Amazon/Ebay route for such inexpensive items. At least I know I've got a name to turn to should something go awry. Even with the quirks of the case, I'm still offering five stars for the product. It would be closer to 4.8, because it isn't a perfect case, but when it comes to shaped cases, they do run high and make some compromises to stay small and light. Knowing the limitations can avoid disappointment.
Shar Raincoat For Oblong Violin Case
REVIEWED BY: Student, Anonymous
reviewed on: 01/19/2017
I'm one of those people who are maybe a tad too overprotective of their instrument. Full suspension case, double locking it up, humidifier, buckling it up safer than I would a child: you name it, I've done it to protect my violin. Lately, the weather around my place has been a dripping soggy mess. It would be nice, actually, if I lived a hermit's life, but unfortunately people don't pay for me to play in the comfort of my own room. Thus comes the string musician's rain dance that we all know, hunched figures running like the devil is coming after us with a new sonata idea involving double stops while clutching a precious instrument covered in shawls, jackets, corner store plastic bags, and whatever random junk we think can protect our babies. And they get wet anyway. So, I saw this magnificent invention, a raincoat meant for instrument cases, and just could not resist. Five bucks for peace of mind and keeping my body in one piece while running blind through a downpour in a church parking lot? Deal. Cons: Takes forever to put on and off. Chances of looking like a 10 year old cellist who is trying to fit a 3/4 cello into a 1/2 case: high. Case handle may be a tad too large to fit through the hole. Looks baggy, yet somehow a tight fit? If you don't have the SHAR logo facing outwards, you will definitely look like a suspicious character. If you do, now you become a suspicious character who wasn't good enough at performing illegal activities and requires a sponsor to continue to perform their work
American Case Company® Eagle Violin Case French Style
REVIEWED BY: Anonymous
reviewed on: 01/15/2017
I just received an American Case Company® Eagle Violin Case French Style as a present from my sister (this is the second one that she has given me over the years) and is the same type that she gave me at least 8 years ago. Having been a music teacher and orchestra director for more than I had the first case, I am sure that the Eagle Violin Case will give me as good a service as the first one that she gave me many years ago. Thanks sis!!
Heritage® Go Violin Case
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, LAUREL TALLEY
reviewed on: 01/07/2017
I purchased this model over ten years ago and it held up well. I loved how light it was and it was well made. Several months ago I replaced the same case expecting the same result and could not be more disappointed. The shoulder rest no longer fits inside and I've had zippers break, screws fall out, and broken the handle. It is very cheaply made.
Toshira Viola Case
REVIEWED BY: Student, Alissa Berman
reviewed on: 01/06/2017
Fell apart after one year, but didn't work well before that
When I switched from violin to viola, I didn't want to make a long term investment in case I didn't like it. So I bought this case, going purely by the price and the decent reviews. However, I disliked it the moment I got it. The pocket for music was much too small, and it could barely fit the 1/2 inch binder I use for my orchestra class. The storage container inside the case barely fits a rosin and a polishing cloth. Ordinarily, I'd keep a pencil and a tuner/metronome in there as well but they didn't fit. However, those are essentials so I had to keep them in the main part of the case rattling around. That brings me to my next point: the shoulder rest. In all the cases I've ever used, there has been a designated point for the shoulder rest. It is able to lie alongside the neck of the instrument. In this case, there wasn't room and my shoulder rest had to lie across the top of the instrument where it barely fit. If this wasn't enough, the case wasn't balanced very well. If the instrument wasn't in the case but I had a book or two in it, it would tip over so the top of the case was lying on the table or floor. It wasn't a deal breaker, but it was incredibly frustrating. The deal breaker was it breaking. I carry my case about a mile three times a week and use it very lightly the rest of the time. I wouldn't say I was rough on the case. However, today, after about a year of use like this, it broke. The handle just fell off. I went to pick up the instrument and, to my horror, the instrument fell. The handle was left in my hand and the instrument and main body of the case was on the floor. I would not recommend this instrument for anything more than storage.
Cushy® Deluxe Carry-All Dart Shape Backpack Case Cover for Viola
REVIEWED BY: Martin Christ
reviewed on: 01/03/2017
Great Case Cover
Great case cover with enough insulation to keep your instrument safe under very low/high temperatures. my only complain are the lack of subway handle (though I use the d ring for that) and the shoulder straps. The gray fabric inside is cheap and not so durable, and the cushion inside breaks in pieces! Other than that, its a great case cover that fits nice and tight on top of the Toshira dart case deluxe.
Joey Case Carrier for Compact/Dart Violin and Viola Case
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, ABIGAIL NIXON
reviewed on: 12/13/2016
faculty, Settlement Music School
WARNING! Do not buy this case carrier for a shaped case, especially not a smooth non-fabric covered case like the SL Super light, etc. Although it's fairly light and has tons of great storage, and very nice cushioned and comfortable backpack straps, it has some big design flaws which you should keep in mind before you decide to purchase: 1. I purchased the Joey to go with the SL Super Light Compact Case also purchased through Shar because I needed a lightweight and hands-free option for my bicycle and public transit commute (I am a busy teacher and performer and always need to carry a million things with me). Although the listing says that the cover will fit any shaped case, I was very disappointed to find that this carrier's straps will not stay tightened on a narrower, smooth surfaced full-sized case which caused the case to slide around in a totally unsafe and unacceptable manner, unless I Macgyvered it with an elastic bungee strap. I had much better luck with an old Heritage dart covered case of mine, but even with this case, the plastic adjustable slides that secure the straps in a similar manner to a backpack strap do not hold very securely. I actually had to take them off and flip them upside down to have them hold firmly. 2. The nice little safety strap that secures the handle of your case to the Joey is not attached at all to the Joey itself, it's just completely loose when not fastened to your case, which is a baffling oversight in the design as it will just fall off and get lost as soon as you open the case unless you remember to immediately fasten it to itself - I lost it like three times in the course of two days and am planning to sew it to the Joey before I lose it again. 3. There is a strange storage compartment where you can stow the backpack straps which is completely unnecessary and prevents the side straps that secure the Joey from being attached at the very outside of the Joey. Instead, they are attached on the inside of the carrier, which means you can't get as snug a fit since the body of the case will always push out on the straps, causing you to have to re-tighten often. I don't know who would want to use the Joey and not carry it like a backpack because that's the whole point of the carrier, so this feature seems useless and another annoying flaw. What made me decide to keep the Joey was the fact that it sits so high up on my back, making it much easier to walk and bike and it feels really ergonomic. I just really wish it was a better product for the price as it has a lot of potential to be much better.
Single Bow Case for Violin, Viola, or Cello Bow
REVIEWED BY: Parent, lily lin
reviewed on: 09/21/2015
Ordered this case for my daughter because she does not take her cello to school. The original photo was a hinged case, I was pleasantly surprised when this case arrived. (the photo now reflects the case) It was padded all the way around and plush velvet inside the case. The zipper goes around the way around the case and it's nicely made. It has a handle, no shoulder strap, which I prefer since the case is lightweight and on a shoulder it might knock people or things. Very portable and sturdy. Really like it.
American Case Company® Eagle Double Violin/Viola Case
ITEM NUMBER: ACV3W
ASKED BY: Rita Reichbart
FROM: Winnipeg, AL
ASKED ON: 02/20/2017
Q. What are the exterior dimensions of this case? Thanks.
A. The exterior of this case measures 32.5" Length x 14" Width x 7" Height. Thanks for your question!
3 people found this review helpful.
SL Super Light Carbon Hybrid Cello Case
ITEM NUMBER: SL1000
ASKED BY: EDWIN ANNAVEDDER
FROM: CARLSBAD, CA
ASKED ON: 02/18/2017
Q. About 3 years ago I bought a case labeled SL. I think it must be SL500. It is super light but is unstable when open with the cello in it. It is flimsy when open. It has fallen with the cello when open, luckily with no damage. It also has a hard grey interior, not cloth. Is the SL1000 more stable when open?
A. Hi Edwin! This case was designed with this problem in mind. The carbon composite shell of the SL1000 is very sturdy and will provide more stability when the case is open. Happy to hear your cello was not damaged! We also offer a 30 no hassle return policy, if you are not satisfied with the case for any reason. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
4 people found this review helpful.
GL Combi Contoured Violin Case Red
ITEM NUMBER: GLCS RED
ASKED BY: Calum Macaulay
FROM: Houston, TX
ASKED ON: 02/16/2017
Q. Can you wear this case with 2 straps, like a backpack? Thanks, Calum
A. Hi Calum! Yes, you can definitely wear this case backpack style using two straps. Thanks for your question!
5 people found this review helpful.