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ainokea
09-18-2008, 01:49 PM
I'm looking to purchase a nice tweed case. I have one in mind but I'm just interested in peoples preference on brands and styles.

SinisterDom
09-18-2008, 03:10 PM
This: http://elderly.com/accessories/items/UCS21-BL.htm
http://elderly.com/images/accessories/138N/UCS21-BL_case.jpg


And my gigbag that came with my eleuke. Oh and I just throw my Oscar Schmidt around...it doesn't have a case, lol.

haole
09-18-2008, 04:29 PM
I carry around my Kamaka soprano in a cheap Hohner gigbag. :o Still in the mindset where "$80 can get me a case...or it can get me another uke!"

seeso
09-18-2008, 06:17 PM
I have these:

http://www.ukuleleworld.com/images/P/casetentweedopen.jpg (http://www.ukuleleworld.com/product.php?productid=19226)

http://www.ukuleleworld.com/images/P/t_877_01.jpg (http://www.ukuleleworld.com/product.php?productid=877)

http://www.ukuleleworld.com/images/P/t_171.jpg (http://www.ukuleleworld.com/product.php?productid=171)

Kaneohe til the end
09-18-2008, 08:17 PM
http://www.ukuleleworld.com/images/P/t_171.jpg (http://www.ukuleleworld.com/product.php?productid=171)

anyone who dealt w/ mgm should have this one unless they bought the tweed one.

uluapoundr
09-18-2008, 10:10 PM
I have the tweed one that Seeso has, it's a really nice hard case with wine colored plush. Be careful of those latches, probably put a nice gouge in your uke if you are careless when casing your uke. It comes with a locking latch and key, which I guess would be good if you got kids around. The lock is probably not much of a theft deterant after all, any theif would just grab the whole case.

I also have the protec cases that work pretty well and no metal latches to worry about. Shoulder strap makes for easy carry, especially when traveling and your hands are full. The protec case also has a nice pocket on the outside for sheet music, cellphone, wallet, etc. Had my protec for 10 years and still holding up well.

thesoobz
09-18-2008, 10:18 PM
i just ordered a koolau case!

rayan
09-18-2008, 10:22 PM
This is going to sound bad, but the cases in our store are actually really good. We only stock the best quality stuff we can find so if you're looking for a case, might be worth while to check out that one.

thesoobz
09-18-2008, 10:26 PM
yeah dude i just looked at them go to ukulele cases. and go to the bottom one its 59.99? that looks sweet !

HI@heart
09-19-2008, 07:06 AM
There's nothing like a hard case to put your mind at ease that your tool is protected! The one in the store looks like a winner. Fremont cases sold by MGM are great too. Just make sure your ukulele will fit before you buy :D

LoMa
09-19-2008, 08:34 AM
My favorite cases are those generic looking zippered canvas-covered polystyrene cases - real lightweight, physically protective enough for most purposes, and they offer more thermal protection for your instrument than the multi-plywood cases do.

If I need more physical protection, then I go for the Pro-Tec heavy duty cases. Same thermal protection as the polystyrene cases above, but the Pro_Tec's also have a thin plywood shell on the top and back in addition to the polystyrene core. Pro-Tec cases are failry heavy.

I use clay humidifiers and hygrometers in all my cases. I've noticed that I have to replenish the water in the humidifiers much more often in the plywood hardshell cases than I do with the polystyrene ones above.

Both the generic lightweight and the Pro-Tec cases also accommodate larger bodied ukes than many of the hardhsell ones do. Fremont cases, for example, only fit traditionally sized small-bodied ukes like Martin's or Kiwaya's. Also, plywood hardshell cases are not created equal! Fremont cases for example are realtively lightweight and use thinner plywood than DATT cases, for example. If you sit on a Fremont case, it will deflect and possbly harm your uke!!! An archtop case will typicaly use 5-py plywood and will not deflect if you sit on it. So not all plywood hardshells offer the same amount of physical protection. The strongest plywood cases are ones with an archtop.

I would have no hesitation in sitting on my ProTec polystyrene case. The combination of a light layer of plywood with the thick polystrene core make this a very strong case!

A friend of mine has an Ameritage plywood hardshell case that is real nice and very very expensive. It offers the utmost in physical protection because it uses a full suspension sytem (like you see in real high end violin cases) in which no part of the instrument is touching anything in direct contact with the outside of the case - these cases can get dropped from several stories high and your instrument won't be harmed. The Ameritage cases also have a real good built-in humidifying/dehumidifying system that is very cool if you actually use the system the way it is intended (i.e., it requires monitoring). But it doesn't do the thermal protection thing that the polystyrene cases do, and those Ameritage cases are HEAVY as heck!

NotoriousMOK
09-22-2008, 11:34 AM
i've just got the zipper/canvas/foam case for mine, which works just fine for most uses and is light as a feather. I would upgrade if I had to take it on a plane though.

UkuLeLesReggAe
09-22-2008, 12:23 PM
my case, is my hand.

dannyboy
09-22-2008, 12:30 PM
my case, is my hand.

LOL!:bowdown:

Tonya
09-22-2008, 12:34 PM
I have a soprano and I travel a fairly good amount. I have a Gator case for the travel times--it's really sturdy and I don't have to worry about it when it's in the overhead bin and somebody tries to stuff their roll-aboard carry-on into the same overhead. The case isn't real lightweight, but we put a strap holder on it and now I can carry it over my shoulder. Unfortunately, the Gator doesn't fit *every* soprano, but it does fit most of them...

Yes, you don't want to have the

(and I know, I need a UU sticker on it--one just arrived in today's mail with my new UU t-shirt so I'll stick it on the case tonight)

wickedwahine11
03-30-2009, 03:24 PM
The case isn't real lightweight, but we put a strap holder on it and now I can carry it over my shoulder.

May I ask...how did you attach the strap holder? I have a hard case that I want to take on a trip with me because it is the best protection for my uke, but while dealing with other luggage, a strap would make it so much easier.

I've been trying to figure out how to do exactly what you did to your case...any advice would be much appreciated!:o

bbycrts
03-31-2009, 05:16 AM
After MUCH searching, I have decided that for the money the Ko'olau (and their more generic-sized O'ahu) cases are the best I can get. I don't have a problem with the quality or sturdiness of the styrofoam cases, but I don't like the zippers and they seem bulkier. Kala's hard cases are nice (I have a soprano that came with a uke I bought from MGM), but the Ko'olau hardware is a little more heavy duty and the price not that different.

Our own GX9901 covers a bunch of different cases in reviews:

http://gx9901ukes.blogspot.com/2008/03/case-study-part-1.html
http://gx9901ukes.blogspot.com/2008/03/case-study-part-2.html
http://gx9901ukes.blogspot.com/2008/03/case-study-part-3.html

upskydowncloud
03-31-2009, 10:00 AM
Mine is an Ameritage tenor hard case similar to the kala one in the previous thread:

http://www.jgr-design.com/images/kamaka/3.jpg

Monkeyswithladders
03-31-2009, 10:08 AM
I've been considering buying the case they make for fleas:

http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/store/prodimages/Flea%20hardcase%20DET.jpg

Does anyone know of any other good cases that fit the flea? Or do you have any experience with this case to give any feedback?

SinisterDom
03-31-2009, 10:14 AM
I've been considering buying the case they make for fleas:

http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/store/prodimages/Flea%20hardcase%20DET.jpg

Does anyone know of any other good cases that fit the flea? Or do you have any experience with this case to give any feedback?

I don't have any personal experience with those cases, but they are made by Gator. Gator makes high quality guitar cases, and I have one of those and like it.

Lori
03-31-2009, 06:26 PM
LoMa

Thanks for the review on the cases. I have been eyeing some of those expensive sturdy cases, and wondering if they are worth the money. I kind of hate to put something so light and easy to transport into something heavy, but I do worry about protecting my ukuleles. The padded gig bag I got with my tenor seems ideal for that casual picnic or nearby hike. The soprano I got has that case that you see everywhere... the lightweight zippered "hard shell" with the nylon exterior and plush interior. Is that one safe as a carry-on on a plane? My long neck soprano is a tight fit in that one.

–Lori

upskydowncloud
03-31-2009, 10:33 PM
LoMa

Thanks for the review on the cases. I have been eyeing some of those expensive sturdy cases, and wondering if they are worth the money. I kind of hate to put something so light and easy to transport into something heavy, but I do worry about protecting my ukuleles. The padded gig bag I got with my tenor seems ideal for that casual picnic or nearby hike. The soprano I got has that case that you see everywhere... the lightweight zippered "hard shell" with the nylon exterior and plush interior. Is that one safe as a carry-on on a plane? My long neck soprano is a tight fit in that one.

–Lori

I don't find my Ameritage case to be heavy at all. Obviously it weighs more than the nylon cases simply because it's made of different material. I carry my uke and case all over London on the tube for hours and move it around the country and to America and never think "damn this is too heavy". I've read a few reviews that talk of the case as being overweight but I'm not sure where that comes from. It's not like I'm freakishly strong or anything either. It just never occurs to me to think of it as being heavy or a nuisance.

ichadwick
04-01-2009, 02:13 AM
I have basically the same cases that Seeso has, plus a soft gig bag for my Fluke. The hardshell cases from Pono are nice and solid for the best protection, but the lack of storage space is a pain (why don't these case makers add an external pocket for books, clips, etc.?!?).

I actually prefer the foam cases from MGM because they're lighter, have shoulder straps and an external pocket for storage. Great design! I think they offer good protection, too. These cases seem able to fit a wider range of ukes than the Pono cases.

I have a Stamar tweed case from Mainland, and it looks sweet, but it suffers from the same lack of room as the Pono cases. Plus the tweed shows scuffing and marks more easily.

I carry my harmonicas in a metal briefcase I bought online. There are companies that make larger metal brief cases that are foam-lined and can fit a uke (soprano at least). They're great for travel on airlines, and the interior foam can be carved to fit (and spaces made for extra stuff like straps, tuners, etc). I've been considering getting one for a uke. You can also buy foam slabs from several sources and cut separate pieces for different ukes.

Lori
04-01-2009, 07:03 AM
I carry my harmonicas in a metal briefcase I bought online. There are companies that make larger metal brief cases that are foam-lined and can fit a uke (soprano at least). They're great for travel on airlines, and the interior foam can be carved to fit (and spaces made for extra stuff like straps, tuners, etc). I've been considering getting one for a uke. You can also buy foam slabs from several sources and cut separate pieces for different ukes.

That reminds of the case I bought for my video equipment. The Pelican case is good for that rough treatment the world can dish out in the cargo of an airplane, or the white water rapids raft trip. They are crushproof and waterproof, and the Long Case size is a bit big for a uke (it's really for guns), but if you are carrying 2, you could gang them up in 1 case. And, custom foam that you can cut to your needs. They are on the heavy side, but if you have to let someone else handle your ukulele (or (gasp) let it out of your sight!), I would be more comfortable if it was in a really tough case. It has wheels which help alot.
http://www.pelican.com/cases_detail.php?Case=1700
I wish they offered more uke friendly sizes. Maybe we could talk them into it?
–Lori

Captain Google
04-01-2009, 07:09 AM
I don't find my Ameritage case to be heavy at all. Obviously it weighs more than the nylon cases simply because it's made of different material. I carry my uke and case all over London on the tube for hours and move it around the country and to America and never think "damn this is too heavy". I've read a few reviews that talk of the case as being overweight but I'm not sure where that comes from. It's not like I'm freakishly strong or anything either. It just never occurs to me to think of it as being heavy or a nuisance.

Perhaps you just have a better sense of balance than they do.

Ahnko Honu
04-01-2009, 08:53 AM
All my ukuleles are in lightweight padded cordura nylon soft cases, only my guitar is in a hard case (check-in luggage). I mostly travel inter-island if at all, and the ukuleles are always carry ons and usually slid under the seat so some buffoon tourist don't turn it into kindling with their overstuffed travel bag in the overhead compartment.

GX9901
04-01-2009, 09:45 AM
I don't find my Ameritage case to be heavy at all. Obviously it weighs more than the nylon cases simply because it's made of different material. I carry my uke and case all over London on the tube for hours and move it around the country and to America and never think "damn this is too heavy". I've read a few reviews that talk of the case as being overweight but I'm not sure where that comes from. It's not like I'm freakishly strong or anything either. It just never occurs to me to think of it as being heavy or a nuisance.

I have 3 Ameritage cases (1 custom sized tenor, 1 regular tenor, 1 concert) and I think they weigh a ton. I love them, but I wouldn't want to carry them around the country that's for sure. Keep in mind most people are used to the Lanikai foam cases, which weighs practically nothing.

cashew
04-01-2009, 09:56 AM
I have 3 cases for my ukes--
my Kiwi rests in a custom made red canvas covered semi-hard foam case. (by custom, I made it.)
my Fluke rests in the fluke gigbag
my kala concert rests in a hard case of undeterminate origin, I think its from kala

My deachy-special has a wall hanger, so I think that my apartment is a super duper hard sided case...

:)

Lori
04-02-2009, 12:59 PM
On the higher end cases, like the black ones... what should you do if the outside of the case gets a scuff that breaks through the black outer surface? My husband's guitar case is getting a little wear and tear, and he doesn't want to see the little scuff enlarge. Is there something he could seal it with, like nail polish, or paint or sealant? Any ideas?

Thanks,
Lori

Spooner
05-02-2009, 06:20 AM
Mine is an Ameritage tenor hard case similar to the kala one in the previous thread:

http://www.jgr-design.com/images/kamaka/3.jpg

Damn...that's a fine looking Kamaka you got there buddy!:shaka:

Spooner
05-02-2009, 06:25 AM
I have been looking all over for this type of case and am guessing it is a custom make..but who makes it is the question.

have no pics but can explain it a bit.

I saw Jake's case recently. It is bright yellow and looks HARD!

It's definitely not Protec or any of those guys.

It almost looked like it was forged from the dawn of time by 100 blacksmith virgin wenches to mold every curve of his uke.

THAT'S the case I'm looking for!

Any ideas on who makes this case?

NatalieS
05-02-2009, 08:47 AM
I have a hardshell case made by Steady. I really love this case and would not hesitate to throw my uke down a flight of stairs in it. I especially love the thick fabric-covered foam padding inside and the optional strap to carry it with.

I think ukulele-world used to sell them but not anymore. Steady does have their own website though. These cases come in several colors.

P.S. For whoever was asking about Flea cases, my soprano Flea fit perfectly in this case.

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Midas/Instruments/IMG_2991.jpg

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Midas/Instruments/IMG_2990.jpg

bbycrts
05-02-2009, 01:47 PM
I have been looking all over for this type of case and am guessing it is a custom make..but who makes it is the question.

have no pics but can explain it a bit.

I saw Jake's case recently. It is bright yellow and looks HARD!

It's definitely not Protec or any of those guys.

It almost looked like it was forged from the dawn of time by 100 blacksmith virgin wenches to mold every curve of his uke.

THAT'S the case I'm looking for!

Any ideas on who makes this case?

I THINK I heard somewhere that Jake uses Calton cases. If that's the case you're looking for, you're looking for a case that costs more than 90% of the ukuleles on the market... Elderly sells Calton (though not for uke) - Mandolin cases there start in the mid $500s...

buddhuu
05-02-2009, 02:39 PM
[...] would not hesitate to throw my uke down a flight of stairs [...]

Wins the trophy for the phrase least likely to be used on UU! :eek:






Congratulations, Natalie! :D :shaka:

Teek
05-03-2009, 10:01 AM
I think Fremonts are seriously great cases for the price for the more expensive ukes (meaning $300-500, LOL), I have my Kamaka in one, the Pono came with it's own, also a great case but a tight fit as noted, hard to even get string packages and a Herco in there. My others are in those soft cover light "hard" cases with the zipper instead of latches that MGM has for a great price, those are super for the money, and they are not casing anything expensive. Only my traveler sits out, because it is a 50 year old cigar box and it's fine out, according to the maker.

I am a firm believer in cases, not only to protect from accidents but to help keep humidity stable! My feeling is if you really love your uke, case it with a humidifier before you get another uke.

experimentjon
05-03-2009, 10:21 AM
I have 3 Ameritage cases (1 custom sized tenor, 1 regular tenor, 1 concert) and I think they weigh a ton. I love them, but I wouldn't want to carry them around the country that's for sure. Keep in mind most people are used to the Lanikai foam cases, which weighs practically nothing.

THREE AMERITAGE CASES!!!

Nah, they can't weigh as much as guitar cases. I carried my Les Paul in its hard case for several blocks and I had callouses on my palms the next day. And it was only an Epiphone LP, so you gotta subtract a few pounds from the Gibson. Those things are heavy.

Personally, I use everything from gig bags to the foam cases to the old style kamaka-style semi-hard cases to the ukulele-shaped cases. Basically, whatever came free or at very low cost, because cases are expensive and give me very little marginal benefit. Money spent on cases can be spent on more ukes. :D

JCMcGee
05-03-2009, 11:08 AM
I love those tweed cases...but they have the same problem for me as those big padded modern ones...my video explains:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jq_Z5XBI7U

You just can't make the stickers stick to 'em!!


I remember seeing a Japaneese page where there were loads of really interesting cases...some beautiful, some crazy...any info?

Spooner
05-03-2009, 05:43 PM
I THINK I heard somewhere that Jake uses Calton cases. If that's the case you're looking for, you're looking for a case that costs more than 90% of the ukuleles on the market... Elderly sells Calton (though not for uke) - Mandolin cases there start in the mid $500s...


Thank bruddAH! Those look like the ones!

As for pricing, I have some high end ukes I would want to protect as much as possible....especially when traveling. I could tell you some horror stories about music instruments and airline baggage handling. :eek:

grappler
05-03-2009, 07:56 PM
i def need to buy a case