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One of the most important decisions that a violinist needs to make is choosing the best violin case.
Like having a house or an apartment to live in, the violin needs a safe place that can serve as its home.
While every person is looking for something unique or something that is cool, there is a single factor that everyone should consider in getting the perfect violin case – that is, the quality of how it can protect the violin.
Violin cases come in different sizes, shapes, and materials.
There are hard violin cases, which can be made from wood or some strong plastic material, as well as cases that are made from carbon fiber.
There are also compact violin cases with pockets and compartments for violin accessories, or lightweight travel violin cases that are best for those who are always on the go.
Though many beginner violin packages often include a standard case, you may want to choose a case better suited to your needs.
Some violin cases are relatively expensive and can be a pain in the ass but having one of these protective violin cases is essential, as they serve as investments to keep your instrument safe and secure.
Alternatively, if you already have a violin case and don’t feel the need to upgrade, you can opt to getting a cushy violin case cover, or a waterproof violin case cover to get an added protection to your case and instrument.
Whatever the case, you can use this guide to help you be knowledgeable about violin cases before buying one, because like what I have previously mentioned, a violin case is significant investment for your violin.
Choosing the Best Violin Case: The Main Factors to Consider
There are important features that you should consider before choosing a case for your violin.
Please take a moment to read and learn more about choosing a great violin case.
Factors to consider:
1. Shapes, Sizes, and Fit
Cases come in several shapes and sizes:
- There are violin cases that are shaped like a violin hence called ‘shaped’ or ‘contoured’, and some that are in a form of an oblong or rectangular box.
- There are even dart-style violin cases or the one that is called “half-moon” shaped.
Here are images of some of the different shapes of violin case:
Oblong violin case
Contoured violin case
Rectangular violin case
However, many students choose model cases that are ‘contoured’ or ‘dart-shaped’ since they are lightweight.
They are compact, with a downside of less to no compartments for accessories.
Some can only accommodate few violin accessories such as rosin and spare strings.
The oblong and rectangular cases, on the other hand, can fit more things including your bow, rosin, spare strings, or even your shoulder rest.
Indeed, oblong or rectangular cases are usually slightly larger, which means that you can put more accessories than contoured ones.
And given their shape and larger size, they also tend to be heavier in weight.
Aside from the style or shape, don’t forget to search for a violin case that is compatible for your violin.
Example, if your violin is 4/4 or full-size, your violin case should also be 4/4 or else, you’ll have problems fitting your violin inside the case.
2. Durability and protection
When it comes to durability and protection, a very important area to check on is ‘what your violin case is made of’.
It is essential for you to know the details about the materials to help make you feel that you got the perfect violin case that you need.
Here are some of the materials that are used to build some violin cases:
The great majority of beginner cases are made from compacted foam – a lightweight and relatively cheap material.
The greatest thing about cases made out of this material is that they are often very well constructed on the interior and they cradle the violin well for traveling and are best suited for those who are always on the go.
Cases that are made of compacted foam are sometimes designed as “French” or “semi-French” fit.
Compacted foam is indeed a very common material for most of the beginner violin cases, although it is not very strong and durable.
Aside from that, if you are traveling outside of the country with your instrument and you live in a cold climate, you must be careful because it cannot guarantee you a 100% protection even if it has some thermal insulation.
This is a tougher material than compacted foam, however, this material is quite a lot heavier.
Aside from that, violin cases that are made of wood have fewer insulation properties.
If you are not the type of musician who travels around with your violin a lot, this may be an economical option, as wood cases are often cheaper than other high-end materials.
Cases that are made of carbon fibre are very lightweight, durable, and strong, which means that they can travel well and be brought anywhere.
Aside from portability, they are believed to be ‘crush-resistant’.
They are thought to be the best type of materials for violin cases but still; they have even less insulating properties than other materials such as compacted foam and wood.
If you travel from gigs to gigs on different cities and countries a lot, and need a crush-resistant case, this may be a good choice; but you may want to buy an additional outer case to protect your violin from the weather.
Each violin case has features that can vary greatly.
Every manufacturer has it’s own style and mastery of the violin cases, creating unique characteristics that can suit the style of every musician.
Most violin cases have an exterior accessory pocket and sling straps or backpack straps.
Oblong violin cases or rectangular cases quite often have a larger outside pocket for music sheets or notebooks and spare strings.
Sometimes, there are also end-handle strap on one end of the violin case for vertical carrying and removable shoulder strap.
Apart from the straps and handles, closure and mechanisms are also available to some cases.
Oblong cases usually have dual zippers and flaps against weather to protect the zipper from corrosion due to rain or snow.
And if the exterior of a violin case can differ from one violin case to another, their interior can be different from others too.
They can be very Spartan and utilitarian, or much more opulent than the others.
The most significant thing to consider, however, is how well your violin fits in the case.
If your violin has unique dimensions, this may be a difficult task.
With that said, the majority of cases have a Velcro neck restraint, which secures the violin during transit and prevent damage to the instrument.
Of course, every case is designed to fit a violin in some way, but the interior construction can vary greatly.
As mentioned above, a French or semi-French fit interior has the same contours as your violin.
This creates a tighter fit unlike the others and as a result, it can offer more insulation for both temperature and movement.
Furthermore, many cases come with a bag or blanket to further protect the instrument. Interior materials may include silk, cotton, velvet, suede, and nylon.
Other features you may consider are: how many bows you can store in the case; the size and amount of accessory compartments; instruments for measuring humidity and temperature; storage for extra strings; and in-case humidifiers.
If you have more than one violin that you need to store, or wish to travel with, you may consider purchasing a double or dual violin case.
With these cases, as the name suggests, you can safely and effectively store two violins.
These cases are often oblong/rectangular and made out of compacted foam.
I know, for some, this is the last thing that a violinist can worry about.
However, a violin case’ appearance is also essential as it can help you love and care for your instrument more.
Many violin case makers these days sell models in different kinds of colors and finish options (example: Bam fiberglass violin cases are available in more than 10 different colors).
You can check out our top five picks for this year to find a violin case with all the features you are looking for, of course – with a design or color that suits your taste and reflects the music you want to share!
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Hope you had a good time reading this! Good luck in choosing your best violin case!