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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 Violin Case Carrier
REVIEWED BY: Anonymous
reviewed on: 12/30/2016
I am a beginning violist and my significant other is an accomplished violinist. We both play in orchestras, mine New Horizons and his a marvelous community orchestra that performed the Messiah this year, plus the local festival orchestra each August. We always have tons to tote and something is always nearly forgotten. Now with the Joey, we can have EVERYTHING together. We have had fun loading them up and can't wait until rehearsals start again to try them out. They seem very well made and my viola case (16" viola) just fits with the buckles all the way out. We can fit in our music, stands, lights and all other paraphernalia and miscellany that seems to require portage. Very happy with my Christmas to us and our music.
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.
SL Super Light Hybrid Mobile Cello Case
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, Anonymous
reviewed on: 12/09/2016
Many good things, but...
I've owned this case for almost 2 years now, and there are pros and cons to it that I'd like to share... The main reason for my purchase of this case was affordability and weight... The cons are as follows: The latches are of great quality, but the seams don't usually line up when closing the case, which is a minor nuisance (especially if you're in a hurry while the other members or your quartet or trio are standing there waiting for you...) that over time becomes a major nuisance. I'm not a fan of the clasp type connectors AT ALL. Give me Velcro ANY day! I found that the main clasp that holds the cello in place around the neck actually digs into the strings, which, even though it's only plastic, was a great disappointment. The same type of clasp is on the top retainer around the scroll, which makes no sense, because in order for you to be able to have that REALLY hold the cello in place, you have to tighten it (like a pull strap) every time you put the cello in the case. Likewise, you have to loosen it to get it out of the case, which is tedious and cumbersome. I've resorted to becoming frustrated with it, and don't tighten it all the way, therefore my cello moves around quite a bit inside the case if I'm not careful with it. I would much rather they had used the older elastic type retainer for the scroll, since that typically takes many years to stretch out, and doesn't require constant adjusting. After what I would consider to be normal usage (as a professional musician) the handle (which is very comfortable by the way!) is beginning to tear at one of the seams of the connection points. This was somewhat unexpected because the case is so light, so I'm not sure why the seam on one end is starting to tear. But now it's at the point where I'm always feeling a little apprehensive when I carry it, waiting for that one day when it's going to rip (NOT a good feeling!). I feel that there could be more padding inside the case overall. The padding is typically some kind of foam, so that wouldn't add any weight to the case, and in this case, I think it's too minimal. But there are some good things about it: I really like the magnetic latches that keep the bows in place, it makes getting a bow in and out of the case a snap - literally! The interior of the case is quite striking and has nice aesthetics. It makes it appear like a much more high quality case. The accessory pocket is adequate for rosin, a mute, an extra bridge, rock stop, etc. I LOVE the music pocket inside the case as well, EXCEPT that it's only large enough for 8.5 X 11 music, and we all know that many times music comes in a larger format. There's certainly room enough for an 11.5 X 14 pocket inside the case, so that would be my suggestion if they make an updated model. The wheels are great, although the case is so light I rarely use them. I also find the outer handles to be in great locations, especially if you load your cello upright into the back seat of your vehicle at an angle, like a seated person, like I do. Considering how some case's handles are positioned, this is actually one of my favorite things about this case! So, I have mixed feeling about this case. There are many good things, but there are definitely some things that I would change that I believe would make it better.
Embassy Ambassador Compact Violin Case
REVIEWED BY: Student, NANCY BUCKMAN
reviewed on: 11/21/2016
Wonderful inexpensive case
I like to "rescue" old instruments from flea markets. Usually, they are in pieces and need to be reassembled and repaired. Consequently, I never really know the size of these instruments until I finish with them. I bought two of these cases a few years ago to use with these instruments. They hold just about any size violin...I even have a violin with ribs larger than any viola I have ever come across, and it fits into this case. The interior is gorgeous, too. There is room for a collapsible shoulder rest and little things like rosin, mutes, etc. on the inside. There is a large outside pocket for music, phone, ear buds, etc. And the price can't be beaten. Yes, there are a few little things that I wasn't pleased with...the string tube came out the day it arrives, and the lock on one of them had to be coaxed into permanent working condition, but all in all, this is one amazing case. It still looks as nice today as the day I got it, too!
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.
Bam Overhead Hightech Violin Case 4/4 Size Black
ITEM NUMBER: VBM10 BLK
FROM: Edmonton, AL
ASKED ON: 01/15/2017
Q. Does this case come with elastic straps for a bow tube to be attached?
A. Yes, this case includes elastic straps used to attach a bow tube. Thanks for your question!
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BAM La Defense Contoured Violin Case
ITEM NUMBER: VBM18
ASKED BY: DOUGLAS HARLEY
FROM: SANTA BARBARA, CA
ASKED ON: 01/12/2017
Q. Will a Wolf Forte Secondo shoulder rest fit in this case?
A. Unfortunately, a Wolf Forte Secondo will not fit in the accessories pocket of this case. Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427 if you have any additional questions.
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