Cello case

Info for a good cello case


The biggest challenge with stringed instruments is their transport in public. Mainly, advanced cellists often use a cello case for the safe transporting of their cello to classes or to the orchestra rehearsals. Due to its solid shell, it provides significantly better protection than most of the cello bags. Especially if you use public transport, a stable cello case can quickly pay off. Basically, cello cases with decreasing weight are likely to be more expensive because usually higher quality materials are used. Compared with the cello cases of a few years ago, almost all the available models, however, are comparatively light. A „good“ cello case protects the instrument in its interior from the daily vibration, pushers and kicks. Even in the worst scenarios, cello cases should keep the cello from harm in unfortunate situations.

Unlike cello bags, cases for cello are not available in all sizes. Indeed, the selection of models that are not made for 4/4 instruments is very limited. Paganino has with the PACATO Classic Junior cello case, a case to offer that also fits for 3/4 cellos.

Structure of the cello case

The key difference of the cello case to the cello bag is its strong shell. It is responsible for all relevant properties, such as stability and weight. Modern cello cases are manufactured in large numbers made of fibre glass, e.g. Cello Cases Gewa or Pacato. This allows a much sleeker design and high stability at relatively low weight. The lightest Cello Cases are made of carbon fiber. Sie sind nicht nur sehr leicht, sondern auch extrem fest. They are not only very light but also extremely strong. However carbon Cello Cases are also relatively expensive and are therefore usually bought by professional musicians.   

A disadvantage of all Cello Cases is the lack of a sheet music bag due to the hard shell. Therefore, some musicians put their sheet music behind their instrument, but this greatly reduces the life of the sheet music. One solution is offered by the music pockets of many carrying systems. So you should opt for such a bag at the case, the sheet music problem is usually resolved. Otherwise, you can not avoid an additional carrying bag.
The interior of the cello case is usually lined with soft velvet. However, geared more to the visual impression, because the instrument is transported in the so-called "suspension system". This means that the cello lies only on a few points in the Cello Cases and is fixed, but otherwise "floats" freely. For the safety of the instrument so only those contact points or their padding are strictly important. The suspension system provides additional protection from vibration and shocks, as the Cello Cases does not transmit those directly to the instrument.

Light cello cases

In order to keep in motion easily and more convenient, most cellists always want lighter cello cases without compromising on safety. The currently most convincing solution are cello cases made of carbon fibers. These weigh about 3 kg, and are also extremely stable. Since these models are also very expensive and often significantly exceed the budget just for students, there are now cello cases such as the PACATO Ultralight Cello Case. This consists of a composite material with carbon content, which already provides significant advantages in terms of weight and stability, but is slightly less expensive than the full-carbon cello case.

Basically, simplified with less weight the handling of the cello case - the AMATO Hightech Cello Case has driven this point to the extreme with his one-click lock. An outer shell made of pure carbon fiber provides low weight with high stability, and the innovative closure for a quick and easy opening and closing.

Carrying systems for cello cases

Musicians who wear their cello cases much on their back, know that even a lightweight model with time can be very heavy and uncomfortable, as the case always rests directly on the back and is not just ergonomically shaped. Therefore, there is a whole range of support systems that can be attached to the cello case. The aim is to achieve the highest possible comfort and make the Cello Cases so at least subjectively easier. Very common is the Fiedler carrying system. It will be mounted on the cello case, but can be taken off any time in a few steps. This support system is worn like a comfortable backpack and also has a music pocket integrated. For mobile cellists such a support system is therefore highly recommended.

What should I look for when buying a cello case?


If you have decided to purchase a cello case, you should think carefully about how often this case will be traveling in the course of his life and if this takes place mainly in the vehicle or rather on the back of the cellist. The latter is the case, then you should rather opt for a light Cello Cases and also consider a surcharge in a possible purchase. If you want to make any compromises, you should resort to a pure Carbon Case. For many students, there are also cello cases made of fiberglass. An additional support system can make everyday life easier with the Cello Cases regardless of its weight and price class and should be absolutely considered again by cellists who travel frequently with their instrument.

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