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Latest Cases & Bags Reviews
Cushy® Deluxe Carry-All Oblong Backpack for Viola
REVIEWED BY: ANNA AVINO
reviewed on: 04/08/2015
This case is incredible. My viola was in a friend's apartment overnight since I had a concert near Washington Square Park but work in Brooklyn. There was a very serious fire in my friend's apartment (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/woman-found-dead-east-side-apartment-fire-article-1.2040190). When I showed up the next morning to get my viola, NYFD brought it out to me completely soaked and covered in ashes. Upon opening it, the inside of my viola case was dry and MY VIOLA WAS STILL IN TUNE. I did later notice a small crack in the wood, but this Cushy product literally saved my viola from a fire.
Superleggero Royale Oblong Violin Case Black Blue
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, DEBRA TRUDEAU
reviewed on: 03/30/2015
My Musafia case is nearly 20 years old. Musafias warranty is lifetime and provided a new shoulder strap when a brass clip failed. The piano hinge on the pocket is ideal. The case is heavy, but I know it's providing full protection. The handles are comfortable and all the hardware is like new.
Toshira Deluxe TC100 Violin Case
REVIEWED BY: JOHN LANDRY
reviewed on: 03/22/2015
This IS a cheap case.
I'll be honest--this is a cheap case. It is very light weight and it will protect your instrument. It is convenient to carry (it has two backpack straps). There are velcro straps to secure the instrument's by the neck and another to secure a shoulder rest. Room for two bows, and two plastic clamps to secure the bows. A zippered cloth outer bag protects the interior case from the weather. The workmanship is poor--the top of my case doesn't exactly close evenly on the bottom. The inside of it reeks of some chemical that they probably sprayed it with to kill bugs in whatever country it was made in . I had to let mine air out for a day. In the box also comes some extra metal feet, some extra screws and an extra bow clamp. I opted to install the third bow clamp so my bow would be extra secure. The case is made of soft plywood and can easily be drilled and screwed into. The outer cloth protective bag is actually secured to the plywood case shell with screws. One reviewer complained that there are no D rings for a shoulder strap--he could have easily added some with little effort. Doing so would only improve the case and it is an option I am considering adding myself. I'm handy with tools and would do that anyway. Am I happy? Sort of. It's a better case than I used to have. It will handle trips via public transit and easily survive a rain or snow storm. I play gigs in bars, so it will no doubt get a beer soak test. (I hope it passes!) After buying it I know realize why cases like BAM cost ten times what this one does. Short answer-- this is a cheap case.
Mustang Violin Case Black Blue 4/4 Size
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, CHRISTINE BROWN
reviewed on: 01/30/2015
American case Company Mustang
I love my Mustang case! I've had it for at least 18 years and it's still in excellent condition, even after many road trips and airplane rides. This case keeps my instrument safe, looks nice and is easy to carry. A good sturdy case. The subway handle and price are what first attracted me.The only thing I would have changed is to have the storage compartment on the end with the feet because of how much I use the subway handle; the new Mustang case now has this design.
Cushy® Hard Body Cello Case
REVIEWED BY: Jonathan Fink
reviewed on: 01/29/2015
won't fit big cellos
If you have a Montagnana model cello this will NOT fit.
Toshira Oblong Violin Case
REVIEWED BY: Student, ALEXIS THOMPSON
reviewed on: 01/26/2015
This is a great deal for the price. It is padded very nicely, has two spots for bows, a plastic tube for extra strings, and two storage pockets. The Velcro strap that goes around the neck of the violin is very sturdy, and the cloth that lays on top of the violin is very soft. The zipper is sewn well, it doesn't catch in any places, and the lock on the outside is pretty secure. The pocket on the top is actually quite big, and you could fit quite a bit of sheet music inside. The only thing that I didn't like is that my shoulder rest doesn't fit in either of the inside pockets, unless you take off the feet. It does fit in the top pocket, but I was a little disappointed because it seemed like the inside shoulder beside the neck was a shoulder rest holder. It's not a big deal, but it's something to note. Overall,it's great quality and a great deal.
Heritage® Challenger Deluxe Viola Case Black Exterior with Blue Interior
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, KIERSTEN SMITH
reviewed on: 12/20/2014
Way too big
I had high hopes for this case. It looks good and solid, however, it is way too big. It's advertised to fit violas 15-16.5 inches. I have a 15.5 inch viola and there is no way that this case would even come close to fitting my instrument. It's both way too long and way too wide. I have to send it back. I can imagine it maybe fitting a 17 inch viola, but I wouldn't buy it for smaller instrument.
Mobile Cello Case
REVIEWED BY: Student, BARBARA DIANNIBELLA
reviewed on: 10/15/2014
Nice case for the money
I purchased this case a few weeks ago and it is suitable for my needs. It arrived very well-packaged (it took me about 20 minutes to get it out of the boxes!). Overall, it is a little less sturdy than I was hoping for but about what I expected for the price. The latches and wheels work smoothly, my cello fits in it perfectly, and the case will protect the cello while it is sitting at home which is mostly what I wanted it for, and it should be fine for taking to lessons. I picked the gray color and it was much lighter in color than I was expecting; if I had to do it again, I'd get the black. But not worth sending it back for.