Crossrock CRA400VFCH Violin Case Review
When I bought my first violin, I looked after it with care but it did not take long before the case that came with it began to break. My handle broke and the exterior shell cracked, both only through frequent traveling. I knew that if I wanted to keep my violin intact, I would need to invest in a better case.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Violin Case
Before buying a new case, it is important to think about what you need in a new one. The most important part of a violin case is its durability. With higher performing materials, it will last longer than cheaper alternatives. Some other details to consider are the storage options. Does the case carry enough bows or sheet music? How many pockets are inside for extra strings and rosin? These are all personal preferences to consider.
Crossrock CRA400VFBK 4/4 Full-Size Violin Case
The Crossrock CRA400VFBK 4/4 Full-Size Violin Case is a lightweight durable violin case. It has a sleek look with a plastic frame. It’s size and shape compare to most American Case cases, but its style is a bit different. Instead, it compares better to fiberglass options. This case also comes in a variety of colors from a simple black to a bright purple and blue. Some other details of this case are the combination lock, the option for backpack straps, and two bow holders. With this case, you can expect long-lasting protection for your violin. This case only comes in 4/4 Violin size, so it is unfortunately not available for smaller violins or violas.
Features & Benefits
The material of this case is a heavy-duty molded plastic. The simple plastic shell eliminates the problem of fraying fabric that tends to happen in traditional cases. The inside material is a hard foam lined with velvet, which is common in most violin cases. The guts of the case are exactly what you would expect. It is a conventional case with a protective outer shell, making it a perfect choice for someone worried more about conventions than looks.
The design of this case is very clean and modern, but not very traditional. The aesthetics are not the main quality of design though. This case comes with the option to wear it backpack style, which is great for any musician. Musicians traveling in big cities through public transit may find this very helpful. It allows for you to carry more than your instrument. It also uses a combination lock for extra security. The only design flaw is that there is not a music pocket, which comes with various other cases. This is not a detail that can break the quality of the design, however. This problem, although an annoyance, can be easily solved with a backpack, which is usually already being carried by musicians on the go.
This case is economically priced at $93. Although a few cases on the market can be as cheap as $50, this quality of case can’t be bought for cheaper. It is also very budget-friendly when to cases ranging in the $800-$1000 range! The design and materials make it a quality buy for its price in this range. It is also just a small investment for a case that will be protecting your precious violin for years to come.
Value for the Money
String House SG301BL Shaped Fiberglass Violin Case
This case is very comparable to the Crossrock CRA400VFCH 4/4 Full-Size Violin Case. Both are a non-fabric durable case, however, this case is made of fiberglass. Both cases only have 2 bow holders and one storage compartment. They also both do not have a music pocket. These cases range in the same price, with this case pricing at about $99. However, this case does not have the option to carry it backpack style and it also includes a hygrometer.
Comparison with Crossrock CRA400VFCH
- Same Range in Price
- Similar Design
- Not Backpack Style
- No Lock
ADM 4/4 Full Size Professional Deluxe Violin Case
The ADM 4/4 Full-Size Professional Deluxe Violin Deluxe case is very different in style. This case costs about $79 and it gets you much for that money. This case carries up to 4 bows, includes a hygrometer, can be carried backpack style, has a key lock, and includes a music pocket. This case, however, has a fabric exterior, which gives it a more traditional design. The inside includes a paisley design as well.
- Traditional Aesthetics
- More Storage
- Backpack Style
- Lower in Price
Tonareli Violin Oblong Fiberglass Case- Graphite Special Edition VNFO 1008 4/4
The Tonareli Violin Oblong Fiberglass Case- Graphite Special Edition VNFO 1008 4/4 is another fiberglass case at a high price of $279. This case does have some great features, including 4 bow holders, backpack style straps, and a large storage unit inside. It also is a lightweight case (5.6 lbs).
- Much More Expensive
- Backpack Style
- No Music Pocket
Picking the perfect violin case can be a tricky feat because there are many options to consider. This case will hold up to frequent use and travel thanks to its material. It's a great case for durability, but not the case for storage. Overall, this case is a great buy for its cost and material.