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Dec 15, 2019 - 2:34:30 PM
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53 posts since 11/19/2019

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.

Dec 15, 2019 - 2:41:10 PM
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53 posts since 11/19/2019

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

Dec 15, 2019 - 3:24:19 PM



115 posts since 1/30/2018

Wow. Do you want to go shopping for me? Congrats.

Dec 15, 2019 - 3:39:18 PM



9676 posts since 12/2/2007

Chinnrest - The easiest eay to add photos is to upload them to your homepage here and then attach them to your post.

Dec 15, 2019 - 3:49:36 PM

53 posts since 11/19/2019

Donna, I guess we all get lucky once in a while!

Lets see if this photo attachment works.

Dec 15, 2019 - 3:56:59 PM



9676 posts since 12/2/2007

That looks good, but how did the hunting trip go?

Dec 15, 2019 - 4:09:22 PM

53 posts since 11/19/2019

Doug, we didn't get skunked, and any day hunting is better than a day at the office!

Dec 16, 2019 - 12:50:54 AM



259 posts since 9/1/2019

Looks like a nice case! And that's definitely a good price!

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