Violins are inherently delicate musical instruments. They can easily get scratched if you mishandle them. Yet, they are designed to last for hundred years. But despite their sturdy built, you still need to take care of them. You need to protect them from scratches and possible accidental damage. Thus, you need a case. There are bulky violin cases, and there are also lightweight cases. However, it doesn’t mean that lightweight cases are not sturdy and strong. Some of the lightweight violin cases I’ve bought have proven themselves to be very strong and sturdy. Hence, you should not only consider the weight of the case as your basis for the sturdiness of a case. You should also look for strong quality cases despite their being lightweight.
Why Strong and Lightweight Violin Cases Matter?
If you are an itinerant violinist and you are always on the go, you would surely need a lightweight violin case. Why? Because added weight can exact so much energy from you while you travel. You should also choose a sturdy case. More often, when buying a new case, you will be torn between wanting a lightweight or a sturdy but heavy case. “Is there no middle ground?” you would ask. I think there is. As I mentioned earlier, some of the strongest violin cases I’ve owned were the lightest too.
The weights of most cases range from 2 pounds to 7 pounds. The heaviest may still be bearable to carry even for a long-distant trip. However, if you are going to add up the weight of your sheet music, the gross weight of your case may also increase. Those additional weights will surely exact its toll on your muscles. So, if you are a traveling violinist, you better choose a lightweight violin case.
Factors to Consider When Buying a Lightweight Violin Case
Violin cases come in various designs and brands. You will sometimes find it hard to choose the ideal brand or model for your violin. Yet, the following factors may help you in choosing the right one for your violin:
1) Consider Your Transportation Lifestyle as a Musician
If your gigs are just near your place or if you are simply a hobbyist who wants to play the violin at home, then the weight of your violin case is not a big factor. But if you are a traveling musician who is engaged in national or international gigs, you would surely need a lightweight violin case. In such a case, you would need to find the right mix between durability and portability. You may likewise choose a case that allows you to carry it on your back or something that allows you to attach it like a sling on your shoulder.
2) Consider Its Shape
There are different types of violin cases when it comes to shape. Some are rectangular, and some are oblong. Some are also dart-shaped or violin-shaped. The dart-shaped and violin-shaped cases are definitely less weighty considering that you can never really stuff a lot of music material inside them. On the other hand, the rectangular and oblong shaped cases are often heavier because they could have more compartments inside for storing music sheets and other materials.
3) Consider the Materials Out of Which It is Made!
The ideal design of a violin case should be soft inside to cushion the violin surface and prevent scratches on the violin’s body. It should have velvety interior and plush lining to prevent scratches on your violin. In a way, the inside of the case should be like a cozy home. Its exterior, however, should be hard to protect the violin from extreme damage completely. Under the linings, the material should be solidly robust.
Many cases have been constructed out of wood. Since wood is cheap, the cases that are made of wood are also less expensive. However, the drawbacks of buying a case made of wood are many. First, it is weighty and thus, more difficult to carry around. Woods also don’t offer much insulation for your violin. Therefore, it is not ideal for use in places with damp or cold climate.
There are also cases that are made of compacted foam. These cases are lightweight and can provide a cozy and snug bed for your valuable instrument. However, in matters of insulation, they are not the ideal ones for insulating your instrument from cold and damp weather.
There are also those cases made of carbon fiber. They are lighter, yet sturdier and more robust than the abovementioned built of cases. Yet, they are the least capable of providing great insulation to your violin.
Lightest Weight Violin Cases
1) Featherweight C-3960 Violin Case
Featherweight C-3960 Case has a sturdy foam construction. It is also reinforced by a wooden frame; thus, it is very lightweight. As lightweight protection for your violin, it comes with an interior that is padded and has been molded together. It also has neck support. Moreover, it features a Velcro strap. These ensure that your violin is snugly protected inside. It also features exterior and interior compartments for accessories and dual bow holders. It also comes with adjustable straps.
This Featherweight Violin Case also features a sturdy Cordura cover. This exterior cover stands up against external factors that could damage the cover. Lastly, this case still looks great even after the passing of many years.
2) ADM 4/4 Full-Size Basic Professional Triangular Shape Super Light Suspension Violin Hard Case
This ADM case is economically designed, but it is very nice to use. It is lightweight, weighing just below three pounds. It is dense and made of pressurized Styrofoam shell. Your violin can snugly fit inside this case. Thus, your violin is completely protected from damage, and it doesn’t bounce when you are traveling. It is also made nylon Oxford raincoat fabric that covers the full-length sheet music compartment. It also features another pocket for a calendar, small notebooks, and pencil. Moreover, its soft and velvety interior prevents scratching.
It has a sturdy plastic handle that is comfortable to hold. It is also sturdy and doesn’t easily fall off. Besides that, It also has an easy-to-open plastic and metal clasp on an adjustable shoulder strap. You can also carry it as a backpack.
It has six D-rings for easy carrying. It also has suspension cushions that keep the violin suspended and centered. Its decent Velcro neck holder holds your violin in the right place. Moreover, it also comes with a blanket that you can drape over your violin, preventing the bow from scratching your violin. It also comes with an accessory box with ample space for your mute tool, rosin, and compact clip tuner.
3) FINO Professional Oblong 4/4 Full-Size Violin Case
This FINO oblong case is a professional looking violin case that is oblong-shaped. It is made of waterproof nylon exterior. It also has a soft velvety interior. It also comes with a full-length sheet music pocket. Furthermore, it comes with a durable plastic handle that is comfortable to your grip. It also comes with a soft velvet blanket for draping over your violin once you lay it inside the case.
It has a roomy interior and accessory compartments that comes with a hygrometer. It also has two bow holders, a shoulder strap, and a big soft blanket.
4) Protec MX044 4/4 Violin Shaped MAX Case
Protec MX044 4/4 Violin Shaped MAX Case features a soft non-abrasive interior lining with suspension padding and interior accessory compartment. It has a neck-secured strap that provides stability. It also comes with two bow clips and a soft violin blanket. It is lightweight and has a shock-absorbing foam frame. It also has a tough 600D nylon exterior, a large front-side zippered pocket, and a small accessory zippered pouch.
It also features a dual-corded handle design that comes with padded handle wrap. It has an adjustable strap for convenient subway handle. It also comes with removable backpack straps. Lastly, it is long-lasting with custom-molded zippers and molded rubber feet.