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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Fiddle case nightmares..


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TuneWeaver - Posted - 08/30/2020:  16:07:43


This is just to keep topic creep from another topic..

I've had some terrible fiddle cases.. Ones that don't lock, ones that I FORGET to lock, ones that let in the bugs...Ones that scratch the floor. Ones that are unGodly heavy. ones that, yada, yada, yada... and ones that I've forgotten to latch and the fiddle went flying..

What are your experiences..


Edited by - TuneWeaver on 08/30/2020 18:04:48

buckhenry - Posted - 08/30/2020:  17:36:53


Cheese and rice you have had many fiddle cases. I can count three in 47 years, and I only forgot the latch once, that I can remember.

ChickenMan - Posted - 08/30/2020:  17:53:42


I had a coffin case that had a weird flat hook and eye latch that was pretty sketchy. I always carried it with one finger extended to 'hold' it shut. That habit continues today with other fiddles and cases for no other reason than habit. My current case is super light, perfect for hauling around Clifftop with a backpack of ice (for the coolers filled with beverages up on the hill).

farmerjones - Posted - 08/30/2020:  18:35:38


Always wanted one of those Gangster, tommy-gun cases. Until i got one. What a p.o.s. Then i thought, what do you expect? It was meant for machine guns, not violins.

TuneWeaver - Posted - 08/30/2020:  19:08:13


quote:

Originally posted by buckhenry

Cheese and rice you have had many fiddle cases. I can count three in 47 years, and I only forgot the latch once, that I can remember.






I've probably owned or 15 fiddles over the years and most of them came with a case.. Also, people have given me cases.. and I've Made cases..

TuneWeaver - Posted - 08/30/2020:  19:09:26


quote:

Originally posted by farmerjones

Always wanted one of those Gangster, tommy-gun cases. Until i got one. What a p.o.s. Then i thought, what do you expect? It was meant for machine guns, not violins.






What's in the violin case?" "A machine gun.." "Ok.." : interestingas****

sbhikes2 - Posted - 08/30/2020:  20:00:12


My fiddle came with an old case. It looked really cool, but it was crumbly and anything it touched left behind brown dust. I tried to harden it with wood hardener but that was a mess. I ended up decoupaging it with yellowed Christmas carol sheet music. I only wish that I could fit the shoulder rest thing inside of it better.

BanjoBrad - Posted - 08/30/2020:  21:31:33


quote:

Originally posted by sbhikes2

 I only wish that I could fit the shoulder rest thing inside of it better.






That! is probably why I never bothered to even buy a shoulder rest.

UsuallyPickin - Posted - 08/31/2020:  06:58:12


Hmmm ... I don't have a fiddle that I used the case it came in. I spent money on the fiddle why not purchase a suitable case? I like a case with a zipper and a latch so I can pull the zipper part way even when it is going to be sitting in it's place at the house. The only time I "made out" on a shipped case was when I bought a bow and it was shipped in a 50's multiple bow hard case. I still use it to store my bow "collection". Heavy ....yeah I purchased a used Calton violin mandolin combination case..... I wish it had wheels. Usually I hang with a Bobelock combo case. It is heavy enough and gets a little heavier each year. It holds a shoulder rest between the violin body and the mandolin headstock. There is an outside pocket that I keep spare sets of strings in and a notebook occasionally. R/

sbhikes2 - Posted - 08/31/2020:  07:02:19


I like this old case. It's magenta velvet on the inside and made of wood. It's been around a long time, like my violin.

boxbow - Posted - 08/31/2020:  07:44:06


I have a rough old fiddle that will only fit the leather case it came in. On the rare instances when I take that fiddle out of the music room, I carry it cased with the case tucked under one arm. I don't trust the handle, I don't trust the latch, and if I weren't such an old library maven, I'd despise the old musty smell of it.

Apltrez - Posted - 08/31/2020:  08:19:30


I agree with usually pickin. If you have a fiddle you love why not protect it with a case that is up to the job of protecting it. That said I rarely buy new or retail. My "bar none" favorite is a Heinrich Gill, white fiberglass case, made in Germany, not the pacific rim. It is close to what would imagine a Calton single fiddle case would be. I am not sure if you can get them in this country but Google would be a good starting point. I bought mine with a cheap white electric fiddle that had wires hanging out from the Salvation Army in Seattle on Ebay for about $40 as I recall, delivered. I gave the fiddle away and the Gill case is my got to and I have a great Bobelock rect. case as well. My second fav is my double Jaeger double case that I paid $75 delivered. I did some repairs and I now understand why these are so highly prized and expensive.
As for latrches that don't get latched and zippers that don't get zipped, I have yet to see I case with AI memory.

Lonesome Fiddler - Posted - 08/31/2020:  12:59:54


I get the sense that fiddle cases are designed so that, even if the fiddle is brand new and unblemished, it'll look properly aged before long.

TuneWeaver - Posted - 08/31/2020:  13:06:33


For the past several years I've had privileged access to a school wood shop.. I made several fiddle cases ..Heavy Cases.. Did I say Heavy? The fun part was trying to pad the inside to protect the fiddles because like many of you, I've had some wimpy cases. Picking out flashy cloth and varnishing the outside can be rewarding.. Then, one night at a jam, guess who didn't put his fiddle in that sturdy case during a break but who leaned the fiddle against a table "in the dark''..and let someone TRIP over his fiddle.. No matter how sturdy the case.. it only protects when the fiddle is IN it.. Lesson earned.blush

sbhikes2 - Posted - 08/31/2020:  20:19:36


My friend lined his case with a Mexican wool blanket. It looks really good.

bf - Posted - 09/01/2020:  22:01:26


quote:

Originally posted by ChickenMan

I had a coffin case that had a weird flat hook and eye latch that was pretty sketchy. I always carried it with one finger extended to 'hold' it shut. 






This sounds like the case my grandfather's fiddle was kept in. Surely painted black originally, but now shows as much wood as paint. I carried it with my arm warped around it, not trusting the handle or latch.



I share the opinion that an instrument that leaves the house, and who's physical condition is important to me deserves an investment in a proper case.


Edited by - bf on 09/01/2020 22:02:02

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