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RyanMFT
08-30-2011, 08:52 AM
Hello All,
Thought I would do a quick review as I finally got a Stagg case with the hope it would fit my Favilla Teardrop and Kamaka Pineapple. Other members had told me that it might fit as the case is not figure 8 shaped. Pictures on the web looked like it might work but I could not find a Stagg case locally to try it out.

Price: $36.00, shipping included from eBay seller
It can be had on the web for various prices but I found a seller on eBay who offers a "Buy It Now" price of $39.99 and an option of "Best Offer". He accepted $36.00 so that was the total price!

Overall Quality: Excellent. I can't find anything to complain about. The quality is similar to the Kala tweed cases I bought from MGM. The build is tweed style fabric over wood. This case is not flimsy, and would do a pretty good day to day job of protecting an ukulele. Padding inside is good, no complaints there. Handle is placed in a good spot for balance and the case is relatively light.

Features: As mentioned, this case is not shaped to a figure 8 style uke, but my figure 8 uke's fit in very well (see photo of Martin uke). There is a very small compartment which does hold a clip on tuner. Case comes with a locking latch which works. Pretty standard, not extremely secure but enough to stop little prying hands, but not a prying screwdriver!

Problems: Well, these are pretty minor. First, as mentioned by others about this case, the neck support is a little high and although all my uke's fit fine without adjusting it, I will lower it a bit. This can be accomplished by removing two screws and cutting it back a bit from the bottom of the support, but I am just being picky, I will take off maybe a 1/4 inch. Second, there are no clips to attach a shoulder strap like on Kala cases. I might add some if I can find something that matches the brass look.

Overall Review: Very Good, an excellent price for a case that fits my teardrop uke and my Kamaka pineapple (Kamaka is a little tight but I think the vintage pineapples are bigger than the new ones). I don't know if it will fit modern Kamaka Pineapples but my guess is it would. Pineapple cases are hard to find!

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RyanMFT
08-30-2011, 08:54 AM
Here it is with some ukuleles
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bazmaz
08-30-2011, 10:10 AM
Nice review. In the past I suppose I've been a bit of a snob, and don't mind admitting that I'm not a fan of Stagg instruments. Heck, I don't even like the name. I recently got a Stagg pod case and really really like it. Sure it's only a day to day case, but it's finished well. Looks like the same can be said for yours.

Clearly these are not the sort of cases you would throw in an aircraft hold but for most of us, 99% of the time, how often do we need that? We don't. We just need protection house to house, gig to gig, jam to jam.

Love the look of the tweed!

EDIT - oh, and that is one pretty pineapple!

RyanMFT
08-30-2011, 12:55 PM
EDIT - oh, and that is one pretty pineapple!

Thanks! My hope is to offer others an option on a case for a pineapple uke because as I look out there, I didn't find a lot of hard cases. This one is pretty sturdy. In the hold of an airplane.....no, but I don't think I would want a uke in the hold in any case!

MisterRios
08-30-2011, 08:31 PM
I also have one of these. I was able to get a deal on it, as it was a floor model, and had one coffee stain at the top, but was otherwise new. I actually didn't know about the screws holding up the neck support, and I just yanked it out, only afterwards realizing what I had done. Nevertheless, I cut off about a half inch from the bottom of the neck support as well, an now my Kala KA-P pineapple fits snug as a bug in there.

peewee
08-31-2011, 02:28 AM
I have a figure 8 case like this, about 1 year old, or maybe it's a knock-off? Anyway the vinyl around the handle is blistering and peeling away like a tourist's nose in Waikiki. Beneath is some ugly injected foam material. This started early on, and it's ugly. Other than that it's a great case.

RyanMFT
08-31-2011, 07:25 AM
I have a figure 8 case like this, about 1 year old, or maybe it's a knock-off? Anyway the vinyl around the handle is blistering and peeling away like a tourist's nose in Waikiki. Beneath is some ugly injected foam material. This started early on, and it's ugly. Other than that it's a great case.

Is your case a soprano size? If so, it isn't a Stagg as they don't seem to offer a figure 8 style soprano case as far as I know.

As far as cutting the neck support, I took it out last night and cut it down at the base a little less than a quarter inch and now it is perfect. When one unscrews the two phillips head screws the neck support comes right out. I peeled back the fuzzy covering of the bottom of the support about a half inch up, put it in a miter box and trimmed the bottom. Took five minutes and then reinstalled. I am VERY happy with the results!

janeray1940
08-31-2011, 07:31 AM
This was the first uke case I bought. It fit my entry-level Ohana SK-20S perfectly, but neither my Kamaka figure-8 nor my Koaloha Pikake soprano would fit in it. I ended up giving it away to the owner of a Favilla teardrop, which fit perfectly.

Makes me wonder if my Kamaka HP-1 pineapple would fit in it... I agree it's a decent case for the money. They come up pretty often on eBay for around $35-$40 shipped.

peewee
08-31-2011, 11:48 AM
Is your case a soprano size? If so, it isn't a Stagg as they don't seem to offer a figure 8 style soprano case as far as I know.


It is soprano, has similar trim and tweed, lining is reddish, and no label. I guess it's a no-name, maybe from the same factory..

Walden
09-29-2011, 11:07 PM
I like the look of it; classic. It fits the Makala soprano pineapple like a glove. A fraction of an inch smaller and it wouldn't work at all. I intended mine for the pineapple, but also checked it with the Mahalo UTL, and it does not fit it.

coolkayaker1
10-07-2011, 08:33 AM
Ryan great review. I'm going to get one based on your review. It's $50 on Amazon. Can you tell me the eBay seller, please. Good for him, drives up his sales. I'll just BUy IT Now. Please let me know, can post here. Thanks.

RyanMFT
10-07-2011, 09:33 AM
Glad it is helpful to you....
Here is the eBay store for the seller. Doesn't seem to have any right now though;
http://stores.ebay.com/Butler-Music-P-Hill-Auctions

Here is a link for the same case with a BIN price of $39.90
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stagg-GCX-UK1-GD-Gold-Tweed-Deluxe-Case-Ukulele-/250906163960?_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D1%26po%3D LVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D3314078521795330195

MisterRios
10-07-2011, 08:49 PM
Just another FYI- the case also fits the Koalohoa soprano Pineapple- One of the German Ukulele Club members is selling his very beautiful Koaloha in that same case here: http://www.ukulelenclub.de/Forum/UseBB/topic.php?id=10884