Violin case information

Info for a good violin case

 

To safely transport the precious violin, you can use a violin case. This is available in all sizes. Beginning with cases for small violins from 1/8 to 4/4 size violin case. Basically, you can see the different models fall into two categories: the narrower shaped cases and the spacious oblong cases.There are large differences between the partially available violin cases. This finds its expression in the significant price differences. While a discounted shaped case is already available for 30 euros, luxury cases for example by Bam or Gewa can cost up to 800 euros and more. Reasons for this are mainly engaged in processing and the materials used, both the inner and the outer material substances.

 

Structure of a violin case


Basically, some similarities in the structure of shaped as well as oblong cases can be recognized. To the so-called core material, which already has the shape of the later case is usually then covered with a a stable, water-repellent fabric. This defines the exterior color of the violin case. These all support devices are still mounted on the outside of the case. On most models additionally a music pocket will be integrated in the outer shell. The interior of the case is usually lined with velvet or velor. This material onto which the violin is embedded, determines the interior color of the case. Additionally there is a compartment for accessories for violin strings and rosin, bow holders for the violin bow and optionally a hygrometer to measure humidity. Mainly dry air can cause cracks in the wood of the violin. This should be considered for especially valuable violins in particular. The violin case is usually closed with a zipper. For some, there is also an extra lock, so that the case can be closed.



The main task of the case, namely the protection of the instrument is decisively influenced by the core material. Today, mostly wood, fiberglass, plastics and modern materials such as carbon are used. Each material brings specific advantages and disadvantages that must be considered in the selection. The cheapest models usually have a thermal plastic core. This already gives high stability and is most of all very light. Especially beginners or students therefore often resort to such a case. The most common are violin cases with a wooded core. This traditional construction has survived to this day. Compared to the thermal core cases, violin cases made of wood are much more stable. However, they are also more expensive and heavier. Since wood is a natural material, there are opinions that claim that such a violin case has the best climate in the interior and thus does not affect the violins in their wooden structure. The most stable and most lightest violin case are made of carbon fiber or specially developed composite materials. The main advantage lies in the combination of low weight and high stability. However, it also has a comparatively high price to pay for. In most cases, such violin cases are useful only for very experienced players or professionals.


Development of the violin case


The traditional, stable violin case was and is still made of wood. Over time, these models were indeed lighter, but the desire of musicians to ever lighter and simultaneously more stable cases could only be met through the use of new materials. The modern cases of high-tech materials meet both requirements very well.



Shaped cases

 

Shaped cases are adapted to the shape of the violin, that means they get slightly narrower at the violin neck. This brings several advantages. Firstly, they are smaller in size in comparison to oblong cases. This makes the shaped cases also usually somewhat lighter than comparable oblong cases. On the other hand, shaped cases are also often slightly cheaper since they are mostly used by students starting at the smallest size. However, there are also some more expensive shaped violin case, which still combine the advantages mentioned with modern, stable materials.

 

Oblong cases 

The most common violin cases are oblong cases. Their advantage is the much larger storage space inside the case for accessories. Especially bigger shoulder rests can quickly make difficulties while they find more space in oblong cases in the form of cases. Also up to 4 violin bows can be stored in such a case. The music pocket is usually much larger and can sheet music, sometimes even oversized ones. However, compared to shaped cases, oblong cases are always slightly heavy. The most popular violin cases are Amato, Bam, Gewa, GL Cases, Jakob Winter, Pacato or Riboni. Professional players use almost always a hardcase for their violins.

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