Read in the paper that one of my relatively local music stores is closing shop. I've shopped there since I was in college, and they are finally closing their current location. Good news is they say they plan to open a new location which happens to be closer to home.
On a hope that they might be selling off inventory, I stopped by Saturday on the way home from a hunting trip to see what they had. Most had been heavily picked over. All full size violins were gone (though there was a nice viola still on hand). I was really hoping they might have a good case and the guy I spoke with said they had a room full!
Unfortunately, they had a room full of fractional size cases and only a couple full size, but I spotted this dusty blue case.
Its a Howard Core CC500 in dark blue. I asked him how much and made the deal for $10.
It was missing a snap which I replaced in as much time as it took to type this. A quick vacuuming and cleaning found that there were still two bows inside (one that is actually quite playable), a set of brand new Thomastik Dominant strings, and some other case candy.
As for the case, it is very nice quality. I like the quality of build as well as the quality of the closures. Inside is plush and fits both my fiddles nicely. 4 bow holders seems like overkill, but it also came with a string tube and holders for that. I cannot tell if the hygrometer works, but they are always suspect anyway. The pockets fit my shoulder rest and plenty of other stuff as well.
For the price, I absolutely cannot beat it, but I believe I'd buy another at MSRP as well.
Photo of the case with my Hopf in it.
Edit, I guess, I still need to figure out the forum photo utility.
Edited by - ChinnRest on 12/15/2019 14:43:31
Wow. Do you want to go shopping for me? Congrats.
Chinnrest - The easiest eay to add photos is to upload them to your homepage here and then attach them to your post.
That looks good, but how did the hunting trip go?
Doug, we didn't get skunked, and any day hunting is better than a day at the office!
Looks like a nice case! And that's definitely a good price!
'Fiddle by-the-Sea' 8 hrs
'String "tightness"' 11 hrs
'Round Barn' 16 hrs