Featherweight C-3960 Deluxe Violin Case Review

I have a family heirloom violin that was recently given to me by my mother’s cousin since she knew that I used to play a violin as a child. Oddly, her violin did not come with a violin case that accommodated all of the accessories that came with it, so I looked for an inexpensive case that would safely store everything and also included a hygrometer.

Things to Consider before Buying a Violin Case

When you look for a violin case, you need to find one that fulfills what your needs are. It needs to be the right size for your violin. The case needs to have adequate storage space. You may need one that can withstand a lot of use, or you may just need something to store a violin in. Some people cannot afford to spend much money on a violin case.

The Featherweight C-3960

The Featherweight C-3960 Full Size Violin Case is a light-weight case that provides storage space for an extra bow, extra strings, rosin, sheet music, etc. This one comes with a hygrometer. Popular cases within this price range commonly offer less storage but a better handle or they have feet on the end. Some competitors’ cases have been reported to fall apart in under a month. This case looks cheap to many people, but it stores more items and reportedly lasts a bit longer than some of the competitors do. It may be good to store heirloom violins that have many accessories, and also for light use.

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    Light weight
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    Hygrometer included
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    Good storage
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    Straps can be arranged for shoulder or backpack
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    Small music compartment
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    Outer fabric snags
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    Strong chemical odor
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    Cheap feel because of nylon zipper, Velcro closures and soft handle

Features and Benefits

Design

Featherweight C-3960 Deluxe Violin Case

The Featherweight C-3960 Full Size Violin Case is rectangular in shape and easily stores sheet music, an extra bow, extra strings, the shoulder rest, and rosin. The molded interior has a plush silver-grey material, a padded area for neck support with Velcro strap. The shoulder strap can be adjusted to be a backpack strap. Some people consider the hygrometer as something that may come unglued and damage their violin.

Performance

This case does the job if the job is to cheaply store a violin along with many accessories with a hygrometer. The sheet music storage compartment is deemed too short by many. Without hinges, the case does not lie flat or stay open. Still, the ample accessory storage space and the hygrometer made this case an adequate storage space for my heirloom violin.

Construction

This case is constructed with a wooden frame and poly-expanded foam so that it would not weigh much. Padded, rugged Cordura fabric covers the exterior. It is finished off with cheap features such as nylon zippers, a Velcro flap, and a flimsy handle, but with beautiful silver-gray lining inside.

Value for Money

This case is priced in line with the level of quality, and without failing the customer.

User Satisfaction

Customers like the adequate storage space with the exception of the short sheet music area. The inside silver-grey material pleases people. The appearance of the outside is a turnoff because of the cheap-looking raincoat fabric, nylon zippers, the Velcro flap, the flimsy handle, and so on. Customers do not complain about it falling apart, however. I needed an inexpensive case with storage and a hygrometer, and this case suits my needs.

Rating

Design

4

Performance

5

Construction

4

Value for the Money

5

User Satisfaction

4

Alternatives

ADM 4/4 Full Size Professional Oblong

​ADM 4/4 Full Size Professional Oblong

This case is a serious competitor to the Featherweight case. Not only is it oblong in shape, which enables it to offer a lot of storage space, but it is made to hold large sheet music. It also has a strong handle, metal feet, and is blue in color on both the outside and the inside. It does not include a hygrometer, however, so it failed to suit my needs. 

  • Price: $79.99      
  • Color: Navy outside; Navy inside              
  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Size: 4/4
  • Closure: Nylon zipper    
  • Hygrometer: No

ADM 4/4 Full Size Violin Hard Case

ADM 4/4 Full Size Violin Hard Case

This violin case has a black raincoat fabric on the outside and blue velour fabric on the inside. It does not come with a hygrometer, and it has only one storage area because of its triangular shape, but it does accommodate large sheet music. It has a hard plastic handle, a nylon zipper closure and a Velcro closure flap. This case did not meet my needs.

  • Price: $79.99, now on sale $37.99             
  • Color: Black outside. Blue velour inside
  • Shape: Triangular
  • Size: 4/4
  • Closure: Nylon zipper, Velcro flap
  • Hygrometer: No

Z ZTDM 4/4 Full Size Violin Hard Case 

Z ZTDM 4/4 Full Size Violin Hard Case

This inexpensive violin case is just a triangular one that is quite minimal in both storage space and in quality. It has just one small storage space, a small area for sheet music, and no hygrometer. It has black raincoat fabric on the outside and black fabric on the inside that customers say is too gritty in texture to place a violin in without wrapping it first. The case comes with a hard plastic handle, a nylon zipper and a Velcro flap for a secondary closure. 

  • Price: $24.99
  • Color: Black outside. Black inside.
  • Shape: Triangular
  • Size: 4/4
  • Closure: Nylon zipper, Velcro flap
  • Hygrometer: No

Final Thoughts

The Featherweight C-3960 Deluxe Violin Case appears to be a decent buy. I wanted mainly something for storage use, and this case has ample accessory storage space, the hygrometer I wanted, and a lovely inside material that will protect my violin’s finish. 

Stephanie Su
 

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