Polycarbonate is generally a lightweight material. For violin cases, contoured polycarbonate cases weigh between 3.5 to 4 lb. And oblong cases weigh about 5 lb. Standard violin cases weigh between 6-8 lb. Making these polycarbonate cases lighter than most violin cases out there.
This is a very important quality that has been hard to find in modern cases. A lot of modern violin cases are made of metallic or composite materials that are susceptible to inclement weather. For example, carbon fiber would absorb heat, turning up the temperature within the case.
And many cheap plastic cases could melt, causing it to lose shape over time. When this happens, you’ll find that the locks are starting to become slightly misaligned.
Polycarbonate cases are plastic cases. But they’re incredibly strong and temperature resistant. They do not absorb heat like metallic cases do. And they do not melt like cheap plastic cases. In fact, polycarbonate is a popular material used for car headlights.
As mentioned before, polycarbonate doesn’t scratch easily or lose shape over time due to high temperatures. They’re incredibly difficult to crack or bend. Which means the cases can last a lot longer, and look good a lot longer too.
Polycarbonate plastic is a more affordable material compared to metallic fibers. Which means you’re getting similar protection at a much more affordable price. Plus the case is going to be more temperature-resistant as well. Many professional violinists have chosen these cases over $1200+ carbon fiber cases.
However, polycarbonate violin cases can come in a wide range of prices as well. This can depend on the shape of the case. Some brands also feature better components as well, such as polycarbonate locks, instead of latches. Or better insulation materials under the polycarbonate shells.
Top Polycarbonate Violin Cases
Gewa Pure Violin Cases
Perhaps the most popular polycarbonate cases in the market today. These cases were developed by the German Engineers at Gewa to offer a protective, durable, and temperature resistant case at an affordable price.
This way, students can afford top qualities cases too! The cases come in 4 colors. And the neck cushion is adjustable to fit ¾ and 4/4 size violins.