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Heritage® Go! Viola Case
REVIEWED BY: JUDITH NELSON
reviewed on: 04/16/2017
Light case, poor quality
I'm on my third or fourth one of these cases in 11years. The good: they're light, sturdy, have a clever place for your shoulder rest under the neck, and don't (normally) fall over when open. The bad: quality. The bow spinners break within a year, sometimes sooner. You open the case and your bow is being held in by its head. Unnerving. I bought 20 replacement spinners from Shar so I'd be prepared. The hygrometer is just excess weight. It's shiny, but indicates nothing about humidity. The strap clips are cheap plastic and regularly come unclipped while I'm carrying or moving the viola. I've come close to dropping the fiddle several times. The zipper breaks within a few years. The handle broke on one case. So why do I keep using this piece of junk? 1) It's light. 5 lb vs 7-8 for BAM and other "light" cases. 2) Plenty of room in music and accessory pockets. 3) Seems to keep viola secure. A couple of drops off instrument shelf in dressing room and viola is safe and sound. Haven't tried running over it with a car yet. 4) More temp control than a BAM, esp with viola wrapped in silk. 5) Cheap. So, if you don't mind replacing it every few years, this case does the job and takes some weight off your aching shoulders. Just watch out for those bow spinners.
SHAR Traveller Violin Case
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, TIA PIETSCH
reviewed on: 03/28/2017
No Room for Rest
The case is good quality for the price. I like the concealed backpack straps and the exterior pockets. The only drawback I see is that there is no room for a full-size shoulder rest inside the case. I think a collapsible rest would also be unable to fit. Otherwise, the case is perfect for my student.
Cushy® Cello Glider with Wheels
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, JOANN JUDD
reviewed on: 03/18/2017
Great Cello Case
I wish the maker would put their name on this case so when we recommend or want to reorder we could easily do so! It is a great cello case and could help prevent problems like my 9 year old student who just broke her cello in 3 pieces!
Bam NewTech Cello Case - WITHOUT Wheels
REVIEWED BY: BYRON KLIMEK
reviewed on: 03/05/2017
Great case, and very light!
Decided to purchase this case in blue, because my original case was causing sever shoulder and arm pain because it was so heavy. I debated on getting the case with wheels, but realized wheels would add weight, so went without wheels and could not be happier. It is so light and easy to carry! Cello is very secure. The only negative to this case so far is that the small pouch inside the case can only attach on the side of the case, which is a very odd spot. I haven't quite figured it out yet, but I can't complain!
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
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.
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.
Negri Roma Violin Case
ITEM NUMBER: N3
FROM: OCALA, FL
ASKED ON: 04/21/2017
Q. Is the blue color dark or lighter... the photos show two different tones? Thanks!
A. This type of case are notoriously difficult to photograph accurately because of the chameleon nature of the fabric! We're sorry for the confusion that leads to. The color is really somewhere between the two, possibly slightly closer to the earlier photos in the lineup.
8 people found this review helpful.
BAM La Defense Contoured Violin Case
ITEM NUMBER: VBM18
FROM: NEW YORK, NY
ASKED ON: 04/20/2017
Q. can I change the strap to black?
A. While changing the strap color is not a customization available with BAM cases, we do offer the black version of the same strap, sold individually here.
7 people found this review helpful.
Gewa Concerto Shaped Violin Case
ITEM NUMBER: GWC100
ASKED BY: LAUREN LAMONT
FROM: EDMONDS, WA
ASKED ON: 04/13/2017
Q. Does this case have suspension elements on inside? I can't see them in the picture.
A. Hi Lauren! This case has a padded suspension system. The padding is located near the lower and upper bout of the instrument and can be viewed in the product photo. Hope this helps!
16 people found this review helpful.