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We have broken down our best viola cases into 2 budget categories:
1. Viola cases under $300 (student / budget-friendly cases)
2. Viola cases over $300 (professional / high-end cases)
Keep in mind that we’re recommending the best viola cases we can find within each budget category.
We’re not suggesting that a $250 case is as good as an $800 case simply because it sells more and has higher reviews.
In general, affordable cases will sell more because there are more students than professionals.
Price: $139, weight 6 - 7 lbs.
Price: $235, weight: approxmate 4.6 lbs.
Price: starting at $269, weight 9 lbs.
Price: starting at $297, weight 5.1 lbs.
Price: $411, weight 6.4 lbs.
Price: starting at $329, weight 4 - 5.3 lbs.
Reflective strips along the case that can reflect car lights at night.
Designed to be worn as a backpack with the attached backpack straps. Which means they’re more comfortable on your shoulders.
Sheet music compartment on the backside.
Water-resistant canvas covers.
High quality Japanese zippers.
Price: starting at $762, weight 4.2 - 6 lbs.
Now that we’ve taken a look at some of the best viola cases we have, which one is right for you?
Weight, protection, or durability? If you were working with a budget and you had to choose 2 out of the 3 qualities, which 2 would it be?
On the other hand, if you do have the budget you could have all 3 important qualities of a viola case. Now it’s just a matter of style and personal preference.
Do you travel a lot? Do you live somewhere humid? Do you have a large shoulder rest? Do you need space for sheet music? Is this case for an elementary school student or a professional orchestral violist? Is it a gift?
Being the only site dedicated to instrument cases, we know a thing or 2 about viola cases.
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Read on to learn more about what makes a great viola case....great!
Lightweight cases are important for instrumentalists because heavy cases can cause bad posture over time.
If you’re carrying your case on a daily basis, you definitely don’t want it affecting your posture in the long run.
A super lightweight viola case is any case under 5.5 lb. Heavy cases can go up to 10 lb.
The weight of a case also directly impacts the price.
Lighter materials are generally cheaper. But it’s also less protective. Think of a styrofoam case. It’s definitely light, but you can crack your instrument just by sitting on the case.
So for case makers, the trick is to find the lightest materials without sacrificing protection. And this process can get quite expensive.
We generally recommend the tried-and-true materials such as wood and fiberglass. Along with some of the super materials out there such as polycarbonate, thermoplastic, or BAM’s signature Hightech shells.
Keep in mind though, materials come in all shapes and sizes. Bobelock fiberglass viola cases are extremely protective and durable.
But there are unbranded fiberglass cases out there at very affordable prices promising fiberglass protection.
Often times, these cheap cases may only be using paper-thin fiberglass layers on the outside. So you may not be getting the true fiberglass protection of a Bobelock case.
And this brings us to our next point - durability.
And a case is only as durable as it’s components. For example, a case may be made of tough wooden shells. But if the case is using cheap zippers that break within the year, the case is pretty much useless when it can’t close anymore.
So how do you tell if a case is durable? By the brand. A brand is reputable for a reason.
Great brands pay attention to the overall quality and workmanship of their cases.
As mentioned before, we recommend staying away from unbranded cases.
Every musician wants a lightweight, protective, and durable case. But they may have different needs when it comes to functionality.
And by functionality, we mean the extra features a case may have.
This includes sheet music pockets, removable accessory pouches, space for large shoulder rests, rainproof zippers, combination locks or key locks, adjustable or non-adjustable viola cases, and so on.
Some musicians may prefer certain features over others. So it really comes down to personal preference.
Last but definitely not least, is how weather-resistant the viola case is. The viola really is a fragile wooden box that is heavily affected by the temperature and humidity of the environment.
Some temperature damages can negatively affect the tone of the viola. Especially the older instruments.
Carbon fiber is an example of a case that doesn’t do very well under the sun. It is metal, so it basically turns the case into an oven.
Wooden cases are great against humidity and temperature damages. As well as fiberglass, since it is a type of plastic that doesn’t absorb heat.
BAM Hightech cases are also designed to be as strong as carbon fiber, as light as carbon fiber, but doesn’t absorb heat like carbon fiber.
Some of the BAM Hightech cases may say black carbon or silver carbon, but that’s simply the look! The case itself is not metallic.
Stylish viola cases aren’t a must. But hey! It’s a case that you’ll be using for a long time. Pick a style that you’ll be proud of carrying for years to come.
These are definitely some of our best-selling viola cases, but there are a lot more options you will find at greatviolincases.com.
Just because a case doesn’t get sold as much, does not make it a lesser case.
For example, some of our hot pink viola cases are great cases! We just don’t have as many musicians looking for hot pink cases.
Either way, we do hope this article has given you a better idea of what type of viola case you’re looking for.