PDA

View Full Version : Case Preference: What type, and Why?



ksiegel
01-04-2011, 03:21 PM
Okay, I've just gotten my 3rd playable ukulele. One has the ancient chipboard case that came with it (he Harmony) and the other two have Uke Crazy Hardfoam Cases, although the Cordoba originally came with a gig bag.

I'm looking at getting real hard case for the Kala - I'm thinking that while it will weigh more, it will offer better protection.

What are everyone else's thoughts on this? Hard case, hard foam, gig bag: Which do you prefer, and why.

Thanks!

-Kurt

experimentjon
01-04-2011, 03:30 PM
I like the ukulele-shaped hard cases. The main reason is that I can put stickers on it, whereas on the canvas foam ones, I have a harder time getting things to stick. Plus people automatically know that there is an ukulele in there, rather than a violin. I also find that they stack better than the foam cases. Gig bags on the other hand do not provide enough protection for me. Right now, I only have my flea, fluke, and applause in gig bags, and the common link between those is that they all have plastic backs and rather rugged construction, so I'm not too worried about them taking damage.

For me, weight is not a real issue (especially since ukes are featherweight compared to a guitar), and protection is more important.

Mr Bill
01-04-2011, 03:40 PM
Hi Kurt,

Hard case first, hardfoam second, chipboard third, gigbag-----never.
Just my thoughts

Cheers.

Lexxy
01-04-2011, 03:50 PM
I had a hardfoam case, but since i got my new one, it came with a Tweed hardcase so...I'm in favour of hardcases :)

Plainsong
01-04-2011, 03:55 PM
I prefer a hard case for my pricier ukes because even with a humidifier going full tilt, with laundry drying indoors, I can manage no better than 30% RH. It's usually closer to 20%. I'm leaving the Mainland and Eleuke out, keeping them near(ish) to the humidifier and letting the cards fall where they may. But the Kanilea and Howlett Helsinki Uke? No way. The Helsinki uke in particular is very very responsive to indoor climate change. It _knows_! I don't hold that against it. The best clarinet I ever had also had a similar personality.

So Hard cases and in case humidifiers are a must, and they don't get played much in the winter - giving me a case of sad.

ukulele-melee
01-04-2011, 03:57 PM
I love my Guardian archtop case. I think it looks classy, has great latches and the best handle I've seen on ANY uke case.
I've got one of the Fremont rectangular cases which is very nice but I like the uke shaped cases better most of the time.
I also just got one of the hard plastic Travis cases this week (from Ukulele World). It looks nice so far, a fun red/silver color, will have to live with it a while before declaring it a keeper. Various other cheap hard cases and hardfoam cases but I like the 3 above best for the $. Tried a Gator case but my uke at the time didn't fit, and they're pricey/heavier, but they have a great reputation.

itsme
01-04-2011, 04:59 PM
All three of my tenors came in pretty nice gig bags. No, they're not as nice or protective as hard shelled cases, but unless I fall on top of one, it's probably all the protection I need.

Humidity here in SoCal isn't really an issue, but if it were, I'd be putting humidifiers into the cases of my (expensive) luthier made guitars before my (fairly cheap) ukes.

wickedwahine11
01-04-2011, 05:16 PM
I use an Ameritage silver series case for two of my ukes. They are on the heavy side and are rather expensive, but for protection, I think they can't be beat (this side of a Calton).

pdxuke
01-04-2011, 05:19 PM
I put all of my wood and vintage ukes in soprano fancy hard cases--not the styrofoam zippers but latched cases. I have bought all of them here:

http://www.sprucehouseukuleles.com/
19115


The cases are $49 + shipping.

I did just order a hard case off Amazon for $26--we'll see. I also have a square Fremont case from MGM that I have my Martin in.

My novelty ukes go in Gig Bags, or, I keep them in the factory box and insert them in a bride-made "uke-sack:
1911319114

vacuousnacho
01-04-2011, 05:22 PM
I'm really diggin the aNueNue (http://www.justecordes.fr/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=103&products_id=867&language=en) case my mom got my for Xmas. It's real like and I can carry it on my back. Although I do have to admit I would love to have a hard case to put stickers on though. For me the strap on the back outweighs the stickers though.

peterp
01-04-2011, 07:05 PM
I use an Ameritage silver series case for two of my ukes. They are on the heavy side and are rather expensive, but for protection, I think they can't be beat (this side of a Calton).
Does Calton make a uke case? I checked out their website, but didn't see one. I've owned a Calton mandolin case, and it's the best. It will even withstand airline baggage handlers.

Mandarb
01-05-2011, 04:07 AM
I use hardfoam cases for my ukes. I purchased a ProTec case with my Kamaka. It is a hardfoam case with lots of protection.

wickedwahine11
01-05-2011, 06:59 AM
Does Calton make a uke case? I checked out their website, but didn't see one. I've owned a Calton mandolin case, and it's the best. It will even withstand airline baggage handlers.

I think it is the mandolin case -- but I'm not sure. Jake Shimabukuro uses a yellow one.
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?5048-Jake-s-Uke-case

I like my Ameritage but it is heavy, I would love to get a Calton. I've contemplated saving up to get one but I wish I could see them in person rather than just on the website to be sure I really want it.

Chap
01-05-2011, 07:23 AM
Gigbags are fine for anything $200 and below, in my book. Above that, a nice hard case is essential. Plus, a hard case with lots of stickers makes you play better. :)

SailQwest
01-05-2011, 07:31 AM
We keep all of our ukes in padded gig bags. We live on a sailboat in the Caribbean, and don't have the space necessary to keep our ukuleles in hard cases.

Dane
01-05-2011, 08:33 AM
I like tweed cases, I like tweed amps too. Rectangular or shaped doesn't really matter to me.

Skitzic
01-05-2011, 08:49 AM
Hard shaped case is my preference. I have dumb cats and dogs and I'd rather be safe than sorry. I think they tend to fit a little snugger than the foam cases.

ukularwarhead
01-05-2011, 08:54 AM
I like hard cases the best for protection. Plus there is something really fun about carrying something around that looks like a baby guitar case.

cheekmeat
01-05-2011, 09:00 AM
I like my hard foam/zipper thingy. I end up hauling my equipment around on buses, trains and afoot, and the shoulder strap is a godsend. It's also on my bike sometimes, but then stuff is strapped in real good.
I put one of my band's stickers on it. It's slowly peeling off and I have to watch it, but the sticker helps me find the case in a dark room.

sukie
01-05-2011, 09:22 AM
I prefer a hard case. I really like Oscar Schmidt cases. I like the insides of them. I like the handles. They aren't swingy handles, but are really firm. Padded and not swingy. The Uke Crazy case handles feel very cheap and I think they would break too easily. Hard cases are actaully a bit of a pain for carrying ukuleles around. But when you have a really nice ukulele, you want to protect it. I've had 3 concert ukes (one is even a super-concert) and they all fit nice and snug inside. The Oscar S. cases also seem to be a tad bit "taller" and my thick uke sits in there really well too. The Oscar S. case lock also works. Unlike the Uke Crazy case lock. I like that they are brown, not black. Everybody seems to have black cases. And stickers work great on them. I like stickers on my case. Makes it really easy to pick my case out.

pulelehua
01-05-2011, 09:36 AM
My new MP custom came with a square-hard case, which was made in Canada. Not sure by whom. It weights a LOT more than my UkeCrazy for my Kala, but the uke inside costs about 4 times as much, so I'm not going to complain. And it's a very cool case. My wife was instantly impressed, and she is tough to impress. "Ooh. It looks professional," she cooed.

It's also fun being a square case, as people haven't a clue what might be inside. "Is that a flute?" was the last one...

Ingrate
01-05-2011, 09:45 AM
I seem to be the only Gator case user here. My KoAloha Soprano fits it well, and the package is remarkably light. It reminds me of Samsonite luggage, or the OEM Martin case that came w/my guitar. ($70) I don't worry about stuffing it in the airline overhead bin, etc.

http://www.amazon.com/Gator-GC-UKE-Acoustic-Guitar-Bag/dp/B000B7TFZS

Chap
01-05-2011, 10:07 AM
I prefer a hard case. I really like Oscar Schmidt cases. I like the insides of them. I like the handles. They aren't swingy handles, but are really firm. Padded and not swingy. The Uke Crazy case handles feel very cheap and I think they would break too easily. Hard cases are actaully a bit of a pain for carrying ukuleles around. But when you have a really nice ukulele, you want to protect it. I've had 3 concert ukes (one is even a super-concert) and they all fit nice and snug inside. The Oscar S. cases also seem to be a tad bit "taller" and my thick uke sits in there really well too. The Oscar S. case lock also works. Unlike the Uke Crazy case lock. I like that they are brown, not black. Everybody seems to have black cases. And stickers work great on them. I like stickers on my case. Makes it really easy to pick my case out.

Hmmm...makes me wonder if there's a good place for quality parts to replace some of the cheapy handles, hinges, and locks. I actually quite like my Uke Crazy case, but as you point out, the fittings seem a bit suspect.

WS64
01-05-2011, 10:33 AM
I do not have any hardcase for any of my ukuleles.
For any traveling a gigbag is fine enough. For flights a hard case can even make the difference to have to send it with the luggage instead of keeping it safe with you.

ksiegel
01-05-2011, 11:13 AM
Olgoat52 just posted a thread that Elderly instruments had a 20% off coupon on cases - I just ordered a fremont rectangular case for my Kala tenor - $72 & change, including shipping. It should make it here within the next 8-10 days, so we'll see what I've got when it gets here.

-Kurt

bbycrts
01-05-2011, 11:24 AM
I have a Ko'olau case. I love it - very sturdy and protective. Stickers all over it. Not the cheapest, but not the most expensive, either...

strumsilly
01-05-2011, 11:43 AM
I like tweed cases, I like tweed amps too. Rectangular or shaped doesn't really matter to me.

THE TWEED IS COOL LOOKING, but the surface doesn't seem as durable as the black tolex, and shows dirt pretty quickly.I bought a musicians gear off Music 123 for $40 for my baritone and it isn't bad. not as nice as the hard case I got from MGM ,but it is a case, not a uke.

SailingUke
01-05-2011, 12:58 PM
I use an Ameritage silver series case for two of my ukes. They are on the heavy side and are rather expensive, but for protection, I think they can't be beat (this side of a Calton).

I agree about Ameritage. I have a tenor size and use it for whatever tenor uke I am traveling with.
I have a double gig bag which works for toting two ukes. Gig bags are ok as long as you can control where your uke is and what might fall on it.
I would not fly with a bag, hard shell case only.

Dane
01-05-2011, 01:52 PM
THE TWEED IS COOL LOOKING, but the surface doesn't seem as durable as the black tolex, and shows dirt pretty quickly.I bought a musicians gear off Music 123 for $40 for my baritone and it isn't bad. not as nice as the hard case I got from MGM ,but it is a case, not a uke.

I like dirty tweed cases =)

peterp
01-05-2011, 07:13 PM
I think it is the mandolin case -- but I'm not sure. Jake Shimabukuro uses a yellow one.
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?5048-Jake-s-Uke-case

I like my Ameritage but it is heavy, I would love to get a Calton. I've contemplated saving up to get one but I wish I could see them in person rather than just on the website to be sure I really want it.

Yep. That looks like the mandolin case. I ordered one for a Collings A style mando. And waited over a year for it. I can't imagine what size uke would fit in it. Check one out at your favorite bluegrass music store. I paid $450 for mine a few years ago. It's fiberglass with a very cushy foam interior. I would have no reservations putting that one in an overhead bin on a plane.

Wagster
01-06-2011, 04:09 PM
I just ordered a tweed case for my KoAloha.

http://www.instrumentalley.com/Armor-Cases-TC-150-Tweed-Ukulele-Hardcase-for-Conc-p/a-tc-150.htm


It's a good price for tweed. If it turns out to be a good quality item I will probably get one more in black for my Kala.

(I can't wait to get it dirty)

itsme
01-06-2011, 04:26 PM
It's a good price for tweed. If it turns out to be a good quality item I will probably get one more in black for my Kala.
That does look like a good price. Let us know your impressions. I do like tweed cases a lot. Have one for one of my guitars. They are very classy and classic looking. :)

Unfortunately, with three tenors, I'm not ready to shell out for three hardshell cases when the gigbags are acceptable to me. Plus, probably only my Cordoba would fit one. The Kanai is a pineapple shape, and the Kala is the thinline model, so would wobble in it unless I added some padding, and that kinda defeats the purpose.

Ukuleleblues
01-06-2011, 05:53 PM
If I am travelling with a pile of ukes and the ukes might get damaged I like a foam core case, else I use the padded gig bags my wife has made. They take up a lot less space as I usualy bring a bring and concert .

mm stan
01-06-2011, 06:16 PM
I'd check out Musician's friend for the hard vinyl case....it's on sale for 30 something bucks 50% off was selling for 59.99 it's a concert size but fits my
kamaka tenor...ask for inside dimentions...built to last...a little heavy and thick handle...best buy for an excellent case.....

pwcgecko
01-06-2011, 07:03 PM
I like my Fusion Gig bag. It can fit both Concert and a Soprano at the same time. Always good to bring the dolphin when kids see you and want to bang on something.

dnewton2
01-07-2011, 02:17 AM
I use a Uke Crazy hard case for my Koaloha and whatever hard case Chuck sent with my Moore Bettah. I have a foam hard case for my KPK and use a Eleuke padded gigbag for my Pete Howlett Ukelctic.

I have a cou[le of extra foam hard cases (concert) that I been meaning to sell or something

70sSanO
01-07-2011, 09:20 AM
I have had the zippered foam cases and latched hard shell cases.

For me the best protection is the latched hard shell case. I also hate going through the velcro flap and zipper just to get my ukulele.

I have a hard shell case made by Datt, a Canadian company that may now be out of business. I also have a Ko'olau hard shell case. Both work really well... and any comparable case would work just as good.

I have a gig bag and I just recently picked up a Fluke drawstring bag. I love the Fluke bag for a ukulele when I just want some protection and also to keep the dust/dirt off. It is so easy to use, just drop it in. Much better than a zippered, here I go again, gig bag.

John

Mim
01-07-2011, 09:33 AM
I love the Kala hard cases... Alligator, Checkerd, and Tweed. In no particular order. It depends on your personality. I am a checkered person for my next uke case... it is just a little edgy. But all 3 are super sexy. There are other brands that do cases that are similar as well.

Pukulele Pete
01-07-2011, 09:43 AM
[QUOTE=Ingrate;570761]I seem to be the only Gator case user here. My KoAloha Soprano fits it well, and the package is remarkably light. It reminds me of Samsonite luggage, or the OEM Martin case that came w/my guitar. ($70) I don't worry about stuffing it in the airline overhead bin, etc. [QUOTE]

I like Gator cases also. I have two. Great cases, not too expensive, sometimes I see them new on Ebay for fifty bucks plus postage. If I bought another case it would be a Gator.

ksiegel
01-08-2011, 11:02 AM
My Fremont tenor rectangular case arrived from Elderly today - black tolex. The Kala fits like the case was made for it. $77 & change, delivered.

The only drawback is no d-rings for shoulder straps.

A thing upon which I shall ponder.


-Kurt

wickedwahine11
01-08-2011, 11:26 AM
My Fremont tenor rectangular case arrived from Elderly today - black tolex. The Kala fits like the case was made for it. $77 & change, delivered.

The only drawback is no d-rings for shoulder straps.

A thing upon which I shall ponder.


-Kurt

I've installed shoulder straps on both a Kamaka hard case and two Ameritage hard cases -- and those are quite solid. To get around the lack of shoulder straps, my spouse drilled holes into the top and bottom of them, then attached heavy duty d rings. I now just use a leather strap with clips on each end and voilą, instant shoulder strap.

It makes a huge difference, particularly on the Ameritage which is heavy to carry for longer periods of time.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=19190

Ingrate
01-08-2011, 01:01 PM
To get around the lack of shoulder straps, my spouse drilled holes into the top and bottom of them, then attached heavy duty d rings.


An excellent solution. I'll do that to my Gator. It's not heavy, but it'll free up a hand in the airport.

Thanks!

wickedwahine11
01-08-2011, 01:19 PM
An excellent solution. I'll do that to my Gator. It's not heavy, but it'll free up a hand in the airport.

Thanks!

One thing to note, we superglued little rubber caps on the other end of the screw (the one on the inside of the case). I'd tell you exactly what they are called but I'm Home Depot illiterate. I think they are just called screw caps, but that way there is no way that a pointy screw end can damage your uke.

kenikas
01-08-2011, 07:41 PM
I recently got one of the Nicom Supply tweed vintage soprano cases on eBay for my Kumalae, and am very happy with it. Seems quite well made and fit my uke well, at about $30 it was a good buy. No provision for straps, but I don't take that uke out of the house anyway.

guitharsis
01-09-2011, 02:02 AM
I've installed shoulder straps on both a Kamaka hard case and two Ameritage hard cases -- and those are quite solid. To get around the lack of shoulder straps, my spouse drilled holes into the top and bottom of them, then attached heavy duty d rings. I now just use a leather strap with clips on each end and voilą, instant shoulder strap.

It makes a huge difference, particularly on the Ameritage which is heavy to carry for longer periods of time.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=19190

Very nice. Great idea! Attractive strap too.

mm stan
01-09-2011, 02:09 AM
Pssst, Here's a secret....there's a Oscar Schmidt concert hard vinyl case that fits my kamaka tenor snuggly at half price..was 59.99 now 35.67...at Musicians friend...inside dimentions are 26 1/2" x lower bout
9 inches and upper bout 7 inches...well made an durable ...little heavy but good construction..some may not like the thick handle, but it is comfortable for me.http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation?q=oscar+schmidt+ukulele+case What a deal... good luck...MM Stan

spookefoote
01-09-2011, 03:49 AM
Kinsman solid case. You can throw them anywhere, fits my concert like a glove

pdxuke
01-09-2011, 09:24 AM
I just received my Guardian soprano case, Amazon.com, $31 delivered. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001BNQ6TO/ref=oss_product

It has two clasps instead of the 3 I'm used to, the claps seem a bit flimsy, and time will tell if it holds up. I wouldn't put a vintage uke in it, but my Ohana SK35 will be more secure with it than without it.

I like the fancy O'ahu case MGM sent my KTS4 in. Very sturdy.

I'm hoping the Guardian case holds up. It DOES fit my Dolphin as well--but a tight squeeze for geared tuners.

Larry D.
09-14-2014, 07:01 AM
An excellent solution. I'll do that to my Gator. It's not heavy, but it'll free up a hand in the airport.

Thanks!

For those who may be looking....Gator must have read our minds for they do have D-rings attached to the case and include a shoulder strap also. I just ordered one and will let you know my thoughts when it arrives.

Rllink
09-14-2014, 09:13 AM
I made mine out of some scraps of wood I found in the garage. 3/8" plywood sides, and 1/8" paneling top and bottom. There is absolutely no wiggle room and it weighs in at 5 pounds fully loaded. There is room for my sheet music to be rolled up and put along side the neck of the uke. It is indestructible and fits perfect in my suitcase that I check in when I fly, so that I don't have to lug it around. Frankly, I think it is safer there anyway, than taking a chance of someone kicking it, stepping on it, sitting on it, or throwing something on it. Scrounged up all the hardware, so total cost was $0

.70843

ksiegel
09-14-2014, 11:06 AM
The case is very nice - but since I'm not a furniture maker, nor as handy with tools as I used to think I was (let us all ponder that one together, shall we?) I purchase ready made - and I don't pack a musical instrument in my checked luggage, regardless of how much torture or abuse it can take.

I've got my Kala in the Fremont case, my Ko'Aloha Sceptre in the Oa'hu case from HMS, the Donaldson in an Ameritage I bought from Wicked Wahine, the Cordoba in a Kala basketweave style HSC, The Fluke in a Fluke Case (made by Gator) the Firefly in a Colorado Case Company mandolin bag with a Beansprout Logo on it, the Waverly Street Soprano is in an Elderly Instruments banjo uke case, and the Stella Banjo uke in the Cordoba gig bag. Everything else in in whatever bag/case it came in. (The Epi lives in the cheap Epi gig bag.) I also have a Reunion Blues Tenor gig bag I bought from Gerald Ross, and a Kala Uke Crazy Tenor hard foam case.

I've pretty much determined that Hard Shell Cases are the way to go for me. The Fremont rectangular is the the only one that won't fit in an overhead bin on any airplane I've been on.



I made mine out of some scraps of wood I found in the garage. 3/8" plywood sides, and 1/8" paneling top and bottom. There is absolutely no wiggle room and it weighs in at 5 pounds fully loaded. There is room for my sheet music to be rolled up and put along side the neck of the uke. It is indestructible and fits perfect in my suitcase that I check in when I fly, so that I don't have to lug it around. Frankly, I think it is safer there anyway, than taking a chance of someone kicking it, stepping on it, sitting on it, or throwing something on it. Scrounged up all the hardware, so total cost was $0

.70843



-Kurt

VegasGeorge
09-14-2014, 12:31 PM
I insist on a hard case here in the desert. I keep humidifiers in my cases and I just wouldn't trust a bag to be inclosed enough to allow them to do their work. So, I've had to buy hard cases for my Gretch resonator, Kala U-Bass, and Lanakai Banjolele. They all came in gig bags of various quality, or lack thereof.

Edit: I am keeping a gig bag or two for taking the Uke out of the house in a casual manner. Yeah, like I ever get to go anywhere!

katysax
09-14-2014, 12:31 PM
I like hard cases with clips. I hate zippers on cases. Most of my cases are hard cases with clips. This comes from years of playing a variety of instruments, and playing saxophone and clarinet in various bands. It's easy to temporarily put your instrument down in a hard case and just clip one of the clips for safety. An unprotected instrument is an accident waiting to happen. I also like the look and feel of a hard case. Sometimes I switch to a hard foam case or a gig bag when I take my uke somewhere because of the weight. Sometimes having a place for a sticker is essential.

Nickie
09-14-2014, 01:42 PM
My cheap beater uke lives in a very cool padded gig bag I got from Mim. Everybody wants to know where I got it. My nice Kala goes into a rectangular Fremont case. My Ohana travels in a Uke Crazy case, which is black weave looking. I tried the Ohana (with friction tuners) in the Fremont case, and it got knocked right out of tune. I trust those cases and so far I've been lucky.

PereBourik
09-14-2014, 01:56 PM
My beef with the Uke Crazy cases is that they are not built to last. I've had the handle pull off a tenor case 2 days after I received it. Final judgment: piece of crap. My preference is for zipper bags. I have Mono, Reunion Blues, and Attitude bags. The RB bag is too stiff and my uke swims inside it. Mono and Attitude bags are both great. Frankly, I have no plans to throw my ukes off of buildings.

actadh
09-14-2014, 04:34 PM
My Luna concert came with a gig bag. I liked it, but it was like a magnet for people tossing stuff on it. I bought the Musicians Friend concert hard case for the Luna based on reviews here on the forum. The hard case itself is nice, but it still has a strong smell to it - the off-gassing is the biggest drawback. The gig bag now houses my vintage camp uke.

I did like that Luna gig bag carrying options. So, I bought a Luna soprano foam hard case for my Silvertone from Musicians Friend as I was getting ready to travel with that ukulele. I like the multiple ways to carry it - by the handle, as a backpack, or with a shoulder strap. It traveled from WV to Maryland and D.C., and then to New York and back again for three weeks. I carried it all over Central Park and on the subway as well as stowing it in the nooks and crannies of my car. Having all the carrying options was great. It has a nice zipper pouch on top. As some have mentioned, the zipper and velcro closure is kind of a pain, but not a deal breaker.

I upgraded on my KoAloha to the Oahu offer from HMS. It is a really nice and classy case, and is the first case that I don't worry about pressure on the strings with its arched top. I feel that alone made it a good choice to do the upgrade, since the price difference was the same as the price for aftermarket Luna foam case mentioned above. No place to store my strap, but the primary goal was securing the ukulele. No off-gassing from it, either.

pritch
09-14-2014, 05:12 PM
Being in need of a case I recently visited a local retailer. My preference would have been for an ABS case but none were available in concert size at the time.

The shop assistant showed me a Gator Journeyman on his computer. It looked a bit pink on his screen and I told him that I didn't want a pink case. He ordered one in for me to look at.

It is covered in a sort of beige burlap. I can live with that; sort of reminiscent of Fender Tweed. Gator suggest that the burlap can be sprayed with Scotchgard to keep it clean.

I was impressed by the apparent quality, so were the shop staff. They are ordering more in as stock.

It does come with a strap and looks like this:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/GWJMUKECON?utm_source=CSE&utm_medium=PPC&zmap=GWJMUKECON&zmac=7&zmas=1&zmam=89202644&SID=0

Rllink
09-15-2014, 04:50 AM
The case is very nice - but since I'm not a furniture maker, nor as handy with tools as I used to think I was (let us all ponder that one together, shall we?) I purchase ready made - and I don't pack a musical instrument in my checked luggage, regardless of how much torture or abuse it can take.

I've got my Kala in the Fremont case, my Ko'Aloha Sceptre in the Oa'hu case from HMS, the Donaldson in an Ameritage I bought from Wicked Wahine, the Cordoba in a Kala basketweave style HSC, The Fluke in a Fluke Case (made by Gator) the Firefly in a Colorado Case Company mandolin bag with a Beansprout Logo on it, the Waverly Street Soprano is in an Elderly Instruments banjo uke case, and the Stella Banjo uke in the Cordoba gig bag. Everything else in in whatever bag/case it came in. (The Epi lives in the cheap Epi gig bag.) I also have a Reunion Blues Tenor gig bag I bought from Gerald Ross, and a Kala Uke Crazy Tenor hard foam case.

I've pretty much determined that Hard Shell Cases are the way to go for me. The Fremont rectangular is the the only one that won't fit in an overhead bin on any airplane I've been on.






-KurtIt is a good case for what I need it for, but it is just a plywood box when you get right down to it. Not really cool or anything. When I get a nicer ukulele I'll want to get a nice case that screams "UKULELE PLAYER", but for now the plywood box is getting the job done.

Jon Moody
09-15-2014, 04:54 AM
When I got my Boat Paddle, I spent the extra money for a hard case. For the price of that instrument and the size of said instrument, a hard case really isn't a huge deal to carry to and from a gig.

That said, I'm a big fan of good, quality gigbags (not the cheap ones which are little more than a padded slip cover) and use them regularly with other instruments. Protection is key, when putting them in a car, and ensuring that even if something does bump the bag, it's not an issue at all.

Ukulele Eddie
09-15-2014, 05:49 AM
While the case that comes with the Collings is super nice, I simply don't need a hard case. I prefer a really nice soft sided case and currently use an Access gig bag that came with my Clara. I really like the Mono soft case, too. I looked at the Renuion Blues case and agreed it's too bulky for my needs.

Larry D.
09-17-2014, 02:27 PM
I seem to be the only Gator case user here. My KoAloha Soprano fits it well, and the package is remarkably light. It reminds me of Samsonite luggage, or the OEM Martin case that came w/my guitar. ($70) I don't worry about stuffing it in the airline overhead bin, etc.

http://www.amazon.com/Gator-GC-UKE-Acoustic-Guitar-Bag/dp/B000B7TFZS

I just received my Gator case for my KPK tenor. Other than a scratch on the top that I believe was done during shipping it is perfect.
The Four latches are strong and look like they will take some abuse. The front latch is keyed if you feel that you need to lock it up. The handle is leather and seems like it will also hold up. There is brown leather like material that goes around the lid opening which matches the handle. The lid opens enough to keep it open when you load or unload your uke.
To make it even better it comes with a shoulder strap also.
The interior is blue and very soft with adequate padding. My KPK tenor cutaway fits in like a glove with no slop at all. The neck is well supported and plenty of head room. There is an internal storage space with lid that fits my tuner, slide, picks and strap. There is also room under the neck and head where you can store a cleaning towel too.
The case even has "feet" on the bottom side and all the hardware is antique bronze giving a kind of vintage look with the burlap cloth material covering the case.
As an added bonus for "Gator" fans...it even has a bronze "Gator" metal tag next to the handle.
The weight is just around 5 pounds but seems to be built like it is 100 pounds.
I would not hesitate stowing this in the overhead compartments on a plane but would never consider checking any instrument to the care of baggage handlers unless it was made of high impact material like those used for expensive photography equipment and even then think twice.
It was a toss up between the Crossrock ABS ($89) and the Gator.
I personally liked the more vintage look of the Gator and feel like I made the right choice for me. Hey and it was $10 cheaper than the Crossrock! $79 for the tenor with free shipping (pretty cheap insurance in my opinion).
Just a note....If I put a dish towel to pad the body end I would not hesitate to use it to transport my Epiphone Les Paul concert either.
There is also a lifetime warranty if one should need it which suggests these are made to last.

bnolsen
09-17-2014, 03:59 PM
I have a musician's friend concert sized hard case I got on sale where I keep my martin OXK. My concert fluke lives in the martin soft case. And yes a concert flea will fit inside one of those musicians friend concert sized hard cases.

anthonyg
09-17-2014, 04:30 PM
Different case designs have different strengths and weaknesses. The best case for you is a bit of a balancing act. The polyfoam cases would be very good in a situation where the case was dropped. Lots of foam will absorb the impact of a drop, the full length zip will hold together and not spring open and the light weight will reduce the impact force. Foam cases would not resist a heavy crushing force too well though.

A standard hard case would resist a crushing force much better but I don't think the instrument would fare so well if the case was dropped. Less padding would see more of the impact force of a drop transferred to the instrument and I'm a little concerned that the force of a drop would distort the shape of the case and allow the latches to pop open.

You can get some VERY good cases with hard outer shells, lots of padding and very secure latches yet the compromise here is cost and weight.

Anthony

hollisdwyer
09-18-2014, 06:59 AM
I have two types of cases for my current inventory of ukes. My MP sits in a kamoa fibreglass case. I'd travel anywhere in the world with this case. They have two shoulder straps. The down side is that it is expensive($290) and it doesn't have the little storage box that I would have expected. The other type of case that I have are the OEM ones from Mya-Moe (which are sourced from KoAloa?). These have a lot of cushioning around the edges and are solid yet light. They don't have a shoulder strap, which I would have liked. Don't know if us mere mortals can acquire these cases from the manufacturer.