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FalconSpork
05-28-2009, 07:39 PM
I'm planning on traveling this summer, one trip on a bus, one in a 16 passenger van, and one on a plane. I want to purchase a case for my soprano uke because I don't feel conferable leaving it in the gig bag for travel. I plan to have the uke case as my only carry on so I'd like pockets and I would prefer shoulder straps.

That being said, what would be a good case for under 40 dollars? I'm not a big fan of the hard shell cases, and I don't want a lot of weight.

I was thinking about this case or something like it:
http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Musicians-Gear-Featherweight-Soprano-Ukulele-Case?sku=545209

any suggestions?

mailman
05-29-2009, 01:09 AM
MGM sells one very much like that. His has a bit more rigidity, I would think, as it has an inner plywood shell (if I'm not mistaken).

Mine is very light, and I feel as if the uke is adequately protected. It has the pockets and the shoulder straps, and the outer covering is the same material. I think his sells for $34 in soprano size (less in larger sizes....go figure).

MGM is great to deal with....you can't go wrong.

Choboy
05-29-2009, 03:15 AM
isn't the link you showed a hardcase?
but if you order from musicianfriend.com here's a coupon code.
15off4u
there's 15% off your purchase! maybe it'll make you not have to pay for shipping in the end. yay!
have fun traveling!

FalconSpork
05-29-2009, 03:56 AM
isn't the link you showed a hardcase?

I meant the cases with buckles, that are more boxed shaped and a pain in the butt to lug around. Thanks for a coupon code though!


Mailman, thanks for the info for MGM, I'll check it out.

haolejohn
05-29-2009, 04:17 AM
Falconspork- I bought a nice padded gig bag from ukerepublic for $30. I used to travel with my hardcase but it becomes heavy. I now travel with a padded gig bag and I keep the uke with me at all times. Just make sure that everyone is aware of the uke and it's value. It makes people more respectful of the uke.
BTW-The uke doesn't have to be your carry on. It can be your small personal item.

Tsani
05-29-2009, 08:11 AM
Uke Republic is good source, but I also found a company out of Canada that sells uke semi-rigid cases for about $25 - and they gave me free shipping! Can't beat that deal with a stick!

The company is Empire Music, Canada - and here is the link.

http://www.empire-music.com/Canada/English/Catalogue.cfm?ProductID=SMC-21

I can't guarantee that they are going to give everybody free shipping, but it can't hurt to ask. And by the way, I live in the U.S., so you do not have to live in the frozen north to get this deal.

russ_buss
05-29-2009, 08:26 AM
I'm planning on traveling this summer, one trip on a bus, one in a 16 passenger van, and one on a plane. I want to purchase a case for my soprano uke because I don't feel conferable leaving it in the gig bag for travel. I plan to have the uke case as my only carry on so I'd like pockets and I would prefer shoulder straps.

That being said, what would be a good case for under 40 dollars? I'm not a big fan of the hard shell cases, and I don't want a lot of weight.

I was thinking about this case or something like it:
http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Musicians-Gear-Featherweight-Soprano-Ukulele-Case?sku=545209

any suggestions?

i have that case as well as the standard MGM case. they are very similar in weight, both being styrofoam covered with nylon. one difference is the MGM case has a small inside compartment where you can store knick-knacks, tchotchkes, and bric-a-brac. both have an outside pocket.

FalconSpork
05-29-2009, 08:33 AM
i have that case as well as the standard MGM case. they are very similar in weight, both being styrofoam covered with nylon. one difference is the MGM case has a small inside compartment where you can store knick-knacks, tchotchkes, and bric-a-brac. both have an outside pocket.

is this the MGM case your talking about?
http://cgi.ebay.com/blowout-Lightweight-Hardshell-SOPRANO-UKULELE-case_W0QQitemZ270397074379QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item3ef4ebebcb&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A13 18|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

russ_buss
05-29-2009, 09:00 AM
is this the MGM case your talking about?
http://cgi.ebay.com/blowout-Lightweight-Hardshell-SOPRANO-UKULELE-case_W0QQitemZ270397074379QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item3ef4ebebcb&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A13 18|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

yup, that's the one!

Lanark
05-29-2009, 09:04 AM
is this the MGM case your talking about?
http://cgi.ebay.com/blowout-Lightweight-Hardshell-SOPRANO-UKULELE-case_W0QQitemZ270397074379QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item3ef4ebebcb&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A13 18|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

That seems to be the standard MGM case. It's light and has shoulder straps. It should do the trick under most circumstances provided you don't do anything silly. I'd travel with one and wouldn't worry too much about it beyond keeping it in sight the whole time. (I'd be more afraid of leaving it somewhere than it getting damaged because I'm like that.)

seeso
05-29-2009, 09:20 AM
These gigbags at ukuleleworld.com (http://www.ukuleleworld.com/gig-bags-soprano-ukulele-not-over-21-long/) look cool:

http://www.ukuleleworld.com/images/P/ohanasoftcaserdfr-01.jpg
Ohana UCS21RD Soprano Wine Red Soft Case (http://www.ukuleleworld.com/ohana-ucs21rd-soprano-wine-red-soft-case.html)

http://www.ukuleleworld.com/images/P/t_845_01.jpg
Gig Bag - Soprano - Steady Tweed Finish -TWD-S (http://www.ukuleleworld.com/gig-bag-soprano-steady-tweed-finish-twd-s.html)

haolejohn
05-29-2009, 09:23 AM
Uke Republic is good source, but I also found a company out of Canada that sells uke semi-rigid cases for about $25 - and they gave me free shipping! Can't beat that deal with a stick!

The company is Empire Music, Canada - and here is the link.

http://www.empire-music.com/Canada/English/Catalogue.cfm?ProductID=SMC-21

I can't guarantee that they are going to give everybody free shipping, but it can't hurt to ask. And by the way, I live in the U.S., so you do not have to live in the frozen north to get this deal.

Mahalo Tsani. That is a great deal. I'm gonna try to get a free shipping as well.

cpatch
05-29-2009, 09:24 AM
I'm planning on traveling this summer, one trip on a bus, one in a 16 passenger van, and one on a plane. I want to purchase a case for my soprano uke because I don't feel conferable leaving it in the gig bag for travel. I plan to have the uke case as my only carry on so I'd like pockets and I would prefer shoulder straps.
As long as you can bring it with you as a carry-on the MGM case is your best bet (since it's lightweight but does have some rigidity). It's only downfall as a carry-on is that it only has one pocket, which doesn't provide a lot of space.

If there's any chance at all that your uke may end up tossed in with other baggage then you definitely need to get a hard case.

bbycrts
05-29-2009, 09:36 AM
I'm planning on traveling this summer, one trip on a bus, one in a 16 passenger van, and one on a plane. I want to purchase a case for my soprano uke because I don't feel conferable leaving it in the gig bag for travel. I plan to have the uke case as my only carry on so I'd like pockets and I would prefer shoulder straps.

That being said, what would be a good case for under 40 dollars? I'm not a big fan of the hard shell cases, and I don't want a lot of weight.

I was thinking about this case or something like it:
http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Musicians-Gear-Featherweight-Soprano-Ukulele-Case?sku=545209

any suggestions?

The one people are mentioning from MGM seems to be the near-universal lightweight hard case. That said, I like the one you show better because the handles are built into the cover of the case rather than a hard handle that is somehow attached to the styrofoam under the cover. Just seems like the one that you linked to above does a better job of distributing the weight over a greater area, and that seems like a better recipe for longevity.

outsidenote
05-29-2009, 06:13 PM
I have a Pro-Tec case for my concert Uke. I really like it.

http://www.finecases.com/browse/protec/protec-3316.html

The quality is a little better than other similar cases.

Finecases was a little slow - not as fast as MGM - took about 14 days to come from Tennessee to North Carolina, but no real complaints.

ukulele2544
05-29-2009, 10:19 PM
You can check out the UU store?