Best Violin Case Review in 2017
Choosing a high-quality violin case is essential for protecting your instrument. A violin is a serious investment, so it is worth it to put some careful consideration into the type of case you purchase to keep it safe during transport from the lesson room to your home. There are many cases on the market, so we checked them out to give you the scoop before you buy. But first, here is some background knowledge about the ins and outs of violin cases.
What Should You Look For In a Violin Case?
A case should be hard on the outside, but soft on the inside. Cases with velvet or plush lining provide a home for your violin where you don’t have to worry about its beautiful finish being damaged. Beyond the lining, the construction material is also important. Some cases are constructed of wood. Wood is a cheap material so these cases are less expensive, but there are also drawbacks. First, wood is heavy, making wood constructed cases more difficult to carry. Wood also fails to offer much insulation for the instrument, so it might not be great when you live in a cold or damp climate.
Other cases are made of compacted foam, which is lightweight. It also forms a nice, snug bed for the violin. Compact foam does not provide much insulation, but it is better than wood.
Carbon fiber cases offer the most protective hard coating for a case, so if your violin is likely to get bumped around during frequent travel, carbon fiber offers good protection. However, this material provides even worse insulation than wood or compacted foam.
As far as size, the first concern is whether the case will fit your instrument properly, as well as anything else you need to keep in the case like rosin, accessories or sheet music. If you are a minimalist, something simple might suffice, but if you are a pro who needs a lot of extra items, a larger case with more storage space might be important. The weight of the case is also important. If you or your growing violinist are on the small side, a heavy case might be cumbersome.
If your violin is 4/4 size, then you don’t have to worry about needing a larger case in the future. However if your violin student is a child who still uses a smaller sized instrument, you should choose a case knowing that you will have to upgrade as the child and their instrument get larger. It is also a bad idea to use a full sized case for a smaller violin because the instrument will not be held in place securely enough.
Violin cases come in several different shapes: rectangular, oblong, violin-shaped or dart-shaped. Violin or dart-shaped cases tend me weight a little bit less because there is less material making up the outer shell of the case. Rectangular and oblong cases are usually heavier, but they allow more interior room for features and storage.
What’s Your Violin Transportation Lifestyle?
If playing your violin is an at-home hobby, portability might not be a major factor. Do you carry your violin somewhere daily? Do you walk several city blocks or take public transportation? What about airline travel? All of these questions are important when considering a violin case. If you walk and carry your violin a lot, you need a case that combines protection and durability with being lightweight. You may also consider a case that allows for straps to a attach to allow your to sling it over your shoulder or even carry it like a backpack.
Are you the type of person who wants everything they own to express your personal sense of style? If so, the aesthetic design of your case really matters. While you might imagine violin cases in boring black, today there are many choices that allow you to show off a bit of your personality. From the sophisticated handbag look to bright, cheerful colors, there is something out there for everyone.
Do Cool Features Matter to You?
Are you a person who enjoys all of the latest bells and whistles or are you a back to basics type of person? Do you want a case that combines humidity readings, secure locks and a waterproof, raincoat-like exterior? Do you use a different bow depending on what you are playing? While you can find cases with cool features, they may drive up the price.
What’s You Budget?
Speaking of price, what’s your budget? Do you need the cheapest case to get the job done? Or do you have a little more money to spend on a case that you will want to keep for a long time? The cost of violin cases varies quite a bit, so it is important to know your budget. Most of us want to find a case that combines quality with value. Thankfully there are enough great choices on today’s market that you can find a case that strikes the perfect balance of price and quality.
Five Best Violin Case
After considering all of the options we reached a top five. We looked for cases that offered the best combinations of durable construction and lighter weight materials with cool features and an affordable price tag. Here in no particular order, are our five favorite cases:
Crossrock CRA400VFCH 4/4 Full Size Violin Case,
We liked this cool looking case because of the fashionable champagne color, sleek luggage-style design and most of all because of its backpack style. This case would be a great choice for the musician who walks a lot of blocks on the city pavement because it is stylish enough to serve as a great accessory, and the backpack carrying style keeps you hands free and balanced. This violin case has a hard foam core construction with a deep plush interior. It has an easy close zipper and a combination lock for added security. This case has a compartment for accessories and holds two bows. If champagne is not your style, this case comes in an array of colors.
ADM 4/4 Full Size Basic Professional Triangular Shape Super Light Suspension Violin Hard Case
This basic case is our budget pick. At just under $40, the triangular shaped case is a good choice for a student because of its affordable price tag and lightweight construction. This case has a neck strap for added support and stability for the instrument. It holds two bows and comes with a violin blanket for a little added protection. The case exterior is made of 600D nylon and has a two zippered pockets one large one and one smaller one for accessories. This case also comes along with a few different carrying accessories and can be transported via the padded handle, adjustable shoulder strap, subway handle or removable backpack straps. The case stands up on rubber feet and has a zipper closure system.
ADM 4/4 Full Size Professional Oblong Square Light Foamed Suspension Violin Carry Hard Case with Secure Latch
This is a serious looking, light weight case, making it a great choice for a musician who is often on the move. It also has a nylon oxford raincoat fabric on the outside, again making it a good choice for someone like a walking city dweller. The construction is made of pressurized Styrofoam which offers good protection. It has backpack straps as well and an added security latch which add even more appeal to this case for a big traveller.
Protec MX044 4/4 Violin Shaped MAX Case,
This case has some fun color choices and a durable nylon exterior. It has good zippered pockets for storage and it comes with a next strap for added stability of the instrument. It holds two bows and it comes with a violin blanket. The case is constructed of foam, which gives good protection to the instrument and also makes for a lightweight case. This case also offers an oblong version, but that will cost you $99.
Featherweight C-3960 Deluxe Violin Case
This case has a combination rigid foam and wooden frame construction which is supposed to give it a great mix of a light weight and good protection. The interior has a velcro strap for added neck stability, two bow holders and Rigid foam construction and wooden frame reinforcements for ultra-lightweight protection. The interior is attractive and has a large enough interior accessory compartment that can hold a shoulder rest. It also has a large exterior zipper pocket and comes with shoulder straps. The outer covering is called Cordura, which is supposed to be rugged and hardworking.
The clear winner for the best case of 2017 is Protec MX044 4/4 Violin Shaped MAX Case. We chose it because of its attractive exterior, array of color choices and both backpack and shoulder straps included. It also has comfort carry soft handles if you like to carry it by hand. Between the various strap options and the variety of colors offered, it is a really customizable case. You get a lot of great features and a sturdy, and a remarkably lightweight case for a really affordable price. The Protec MX044 is the perfect case for any violinist on the go.