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Cheap Violin Case vs. Gewa Pure Violin Case

cheap violin case vs gewa pure violin case

In this article, we're going to be comparing a carbon fiberglass violin case that we found on Amazon for $150, to a Gewa Pure violin case, which is around $250 at greatviolincases.com.

We want to answer the question, "Is it worth paying $100 more for the Gewa Pure violin case? Even though both actually look very similar, we're going to get into the nitty gritty of the details to see why one is better than the other.

The Exterior

exterior shell

The Gewa Pure violin Caseis made of polycarbonate,which is one of the strongest plastics in the world. It's actually used to make shatter-proof glass. Another good thing about plastic is that it's a lot more temperature-resistant compared to metallic cases.

In regards to the $150 violin case, we actually haven't heard of a carbon fiberglass violin case.With a lot of reputable brands that we work with, it's either a carbon fiber violin case, or a fiberglass violin case.

It's possible that the case combines these two materials (though the chances of that are extremely rare, and it would be a lot more expensive). But most likely, it just uses these words in its names, so that this case is easier to find on Amazon. For example, if someone searches for a carbon fiber violin case or fiberglass violin case, there's a higher chance of this case appearing in both searches.

For now, let's just assume that it is a carbon case. Carbon is a metallic material. It's not going to be as temperature-resistant as the Gewa Pure case.

Locks

locks

Both cases feature 2 latches.

The Pure case has a very simple latch, which we like.

While the carbon case has key latches are razor-sharp. It hurts the finger when you flip the latches.

Sheet Music Pouch

sheet music pouch

Both cases feature sheet music pouches on the back sides.

The pouch on the Pure case is a bit trickier to remove. You have to push down on the buttons while sliding the pouch into place.

We were curious why Gewa did it this way, until we tried the carbon case. When we tried to remove the sheet music pouch on the carbon case, we almost ripped the cloth off the button.So even if it says removable, we don't suggest trying to remove it because it might actually rip the pouch off the buttons.

D-ring placements

The Pure case has 2 D-rings on the side. So you can attach one strap and use it as a shoulder strap. We also like the 4 D-rings on the back of the case, so you can attach 2 backpack straps.

With the carbon case, it also has 2 D-rings on the side so you can attach a shoulder strap. However, on the back we only have 1 D-ring. So when you attach the backpack straps, it actually forms a V-shape. The 2 straps may feel a bit tight on the shoulders.

Handle

handle

Both cases feature handles on the top.

Gewa has what they call an ergonomic handle to make it more comfortable to carry over long periods of time.

However, we do like the rubber bottom on the handle of the carbon case. It feels more comfortable to carry.

The Gewa Pure case has a subway handle at the top, so you can carry the case vertically. The carbon case does not have a subway handle.

Straps

backpack straps

For the straps, the carbon case has very simple straps. It's not padded and the hardware feels very light.Which probably means that it's using cheap plastic. That worries us, because that will break or come loose over time.

With the Gewa Pure case, the straps are padded. It's going to feel more comfortable on the shoulders. The quality of the hardware feels nice and tough. Plus the hardware on the straps is made of metal, not plastic.

The Interior

Bow Holders

bow holders

Now let's take a look at the interior of the two cases, beginning with the bow holders.

With the Gewa Pure case, they feature Gewa's patented bow holders, which are basically designed to be a lot more durable. So as you spin the holders, they're not going to come loose over time.

With the carbon case, the entire top of the case gets pulled off as we tug on the bow holders. You can actually hear the glue coming loose behind the holders.

Accessory pouch

Another thing to note is that with the Gewa pure case, it does have a removable accessory pouch.

The carbon case does not have a removable accessory pouch.

Fit

With the Gewa Pure case, the neck cushion is actually movable, so that it can accommodate ¾ and full size violins.

The carbon case is actually too wide for a violin.There's way too much wiggle room. The violin just kind of slides left and right, which is a huge problem.

Protection

Now let's talk about the most crucial aspect of a violin case, which obviously is protection. You definitely want to get a case that is protective. With the Gewa Pure case, polycarbonate is exceptionally strong, so as you push on the case with a lot of force, it doesn't budge.

With the carbon fiberglass case however, if you push on the case with your hands, it actually goes in, which is definitely not a good sign.

Summary

To sum it all up, the Gewa Pure case is obviously a lot more protective and durable. You can tell simply by the quality of the hardware.

Also the Gewa Pure case is a lot more temperature-resistant compared to the carbon case. And one very important thing to note is that with the Gewa Pure case, you actually see the brand name on the case itself. With the cheap carbon fiberglass violin case, there's no name on the case.

During the manufacturing process of these cases, placing a name on the case is probably the easiest part of making the case. So there may be a reason the carbon case chose not to put a name to the case. Since it's very unlikely you'll be recommending the case.

So is it worth it to spend $100 more on a case that won't break on you within a year? We think so!


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