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ejnovinsky
04-06-2012, 03:18 PM
So guitar center does not stock any hard cases........how ridiculous is that? So I have to order something, What I would really like is a rectangular, not uke shaped case that has a nice vintage look to it....kinda like a nice old vintage suitcase. Maybe tweed, or faux gator or something interesting like that. Hopefully under 100 bucks. anyone got any ideas? Would have to fit soprano obviously with geared tuners.....built in humidity function would be nice as well

uke4life
04-06-2012, 03:21 PM
Here is a Fremont case. The tweeds start at the concert size. You will hear mixed reviews about them, but I've had great luck with them and have all my K-ukulele's in them.

http://elderly.com/accessories/names/fremont-soprano-ukulele-hardshell-case--UHC-S.htm

TheCraftedCow
04-06-2012, 07:28 PM
It won't help you immediately, but I have just bought a $1200 sewing machine which is used to sew the standard cardboard cases. If you do not find what you want, contact me . You will be surprised how simple it is to make what you want. 1/8 inch thick plywood is sold as door skins. Cases are much easier to build than ukuleles. No, you will not need my sewing machine.

mm stan
04-06-2012, 07:37 PM
I'd measure first and search next for a tight fit....there are so many choices, ask for the dementions first....Good Luck

ejnovinsky
04-06-2012, 11:16 PM
Here is a Fremont case. The tweeds start at the concert size. You will hear mixed reviews about them, but I've had great luck with them and have all my K-ukulele's in them.

http://elderly.com/accessories/names/fremont-soprano-ukulele-hardshell-case--UHC-S.htm


thats just about perfect!! I wish it was made of something a little more fun, but very close and a decent price...thanks for that, if I dont find anything better by the end of the weekend thats going to be the ticket...

ejnovinsky
04-06-2012, 11:20 PM
I'd measure first and search next for a tight fit....there are so many choices, ask for the dementions first....Good Luck



thats what Im worried about stan there are so many options, and it would appear that not all sopranos will fit in all soprano cases. The length makes a difference, tuners make a difference.......Should have just got one from mainland, stupid of me.....also why I was looking at rectangle cases where there seems to be more wiggle room in fit, but they dont look as secure........

Nickie
04-06-2012, 11:28 PM
It seems to me that this market is wide open. Sam Ash Music does carry some very nice hard cases, but you'll pay top dollar. I'd love to see more variety in cases, plain brown or black just doesn't cut it for a fashionable gal like myself.
The rectangular case seems a good idea to 'mask' that you are carrying an ukulele, but it could be mistaken for a fiddle, and might even get swiped!
Although, believe it or not, my uke in it's uke shaped case gets mistaken for a fiddle all the time. Until I open the box. I also have a very sharp looking gig bag that I got from Mim, really catches the eye, in black and red.

chris667
04-07-2012, 12:48 AM
I'm still looking at making my own. Just waiting for the next time my local boatyard has a skip full of oak faced plywood offcuts.

Of course, it's much easier to buy one.

Kayak Jim
04-07-2012, 01:20 AM
.......Should have just got one from mainland........

...and you still could.

I looked at various options and decided to go that route to make sure the uke fit the case.

stevepetergal
04-07-2012, 02:41 AM
I have one of those Freemont cases, and think it's fantastic.

uke4life
04-07-2012, 03:10 AM
Not a full shot of the case...But my concert in a Fremont Case...

http://i915.photobucket.com/albums/ac353/alohareptiles/Instruments/photo-17-1.jpg

OldePhart
04-07-2012, 05:41 AM
I have a Fremont tweed for my Kiwaya longneck and love it. At least one person reported problems with their case smelling very strongly and outgassing something that messed up the finish on a nice uke, but that seems to be a pretty rare case (pun intended).

John

Lori
04-07-2012, 06:33 AM
Here is a photo of the Fremont Tweed case.
http://elderly.com/accessories/names/fremont-concert-ukulele-tweed-hardshell-case--UTC-C.htm
Mine is magenta inside. It had a strong glue smell when I got it, but it went away. It has that retro look I think you were hoping for.
A soprano one is shown here
http://takumiukulele.com/cases.html

–Lori

Pukulele Pete
04-07-2012, 06:50 AM
I've got 3 GATOR cases for my sopranos . It's a good lightweight case ,something like a samsonite case. Great case for the money.

Gadzukes!
04-07-2012, 07:04 AM
Last time I looked it seemed as if the Gator hard cases weren't being made anymore.

ejnovinsky
04-07-2012, 09:34 AM
Here is a photo of the Fremont Tweed case.
http://elderly.com/accessories/names/fremont-concert-ukulele-tweed-hardshell-case--UTC-C.htm
Mine is magenta inside. It had a strong glue smell when I got it, but it went away. It has that retro look I think you were hoping for.
A soprano one is shown here
http://takumiukulele.com/cases.html

–Lori


Thats it! but no one seems to be selling it! the link showing the soprano model has no option to buy......I found one on elderly but it tells me its no longer available :( plenty for other sizes but no sopranos......bummer

UncleElvis
04-07-2012, 10:49 AM
The soprano case seems to have some headspace.

Does anyone have an 8-string (I'm looking for something for my Lanikai) that they put in one of these? Would the 8-string's longer head fit ok?

I've got a solid foam case, but it's not... quite. I'm a tweed-head, through and through.

ejnovinsky
04-08-2012, 02:09 AM
The soprano case seems to have some headspace.

Does anyone have an 8-string (I'm looking for something for my Lanikai) that they put in one of these? Would the 8-string's longer head fit ok?

I've got a solid foam case, but it's not... quite. I'm a tweed-head, through and through.



looks to me like it would fit...theres plenty of room in there

Pippin
04-08-2012, 05:46 AM
I feel that the uke-shaped cases are better protection when they fit properly.

uke4life
04-08-2012, 06:20 AM
I feel that the uke-shaped cases are better protection when they fit properly.

I do know that many of my bullet-proof cases tended to be instrument shaped case designs (i.e. Calton, Ameritages's and Pegasus')...But the rectangular cases offer a bit more storage and with the tweed, look vintage.

Pukulele Pete
04-09-2012, 12:52 AM
Last time I looked it seemed as if the Gator hard cases weren't being made anymore.

What a shame , great case for the money. You might still find one on Ebay.

Lalz
04-09-2012, 03:38 AM
Those Fremont cases sure do look very nice. Looks like they might have enough room to even fit an Arion humidifier (best in-case humidifiers in my opinion but too big for uke-shaped cases)

chris667
04-09-2012, 05:53 AM
This is frankly a ridiculous size for a case for a ukulele. But if you were really paranoid, I reckon this with the foam cut to fit a uke on the diagonal, would be the best protection there is. Cheaper than most proper uke cases too.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/high-impact-case-large-228650

Stealth
04-20-2012, 01:23 PM
I am thinking about getting an Ameritage gold series one with the humidifier system. I know they are pricey but I want to protect my investment and the summer heat in Arizona can't be a good thing. Anyone here have good luck with those?

specialk13
04-20-2012, 02:57 PM
I currently have a silver series Ameritage case and I love it! I didn't have a need for the humidifying option and I think you could DIY if you wanted to save some $ and get a silver series one instead....

coolkayaker1
04-20-2012, 03:13 PM
I have one of those Freemont cases, and think it's fantastic.

I know they're out of stock for sopranos, but who plays a soprano anyhoo?

stevepetergal
04-20-2012, 03:33 PM
I have one of those Freemont cases, and think it's fantastic.

I know they're out of stock for sopranos, but who plays a soprano anyhoo?

Funny you should ask! I have the soprano size rectangular Freemont case. And I keep my antique in it. The thing is in very good shape, but I really don't play it.

Now I'm thinking of selling both.

ejnovinsky
04-20-2012, 11:27 PM
I have one of those Freemont cases, and think it's fantastic.

I know they're out of stock for sopranos, but who plays a soprano anyhoo?

Oh, god dont open that can of worms......pretty soon theyll be an 8 page thread full of angry people complaining about the anti-soprano bias here...:)
Besides, you nerds just play tenors 'cause Jake plays them......

coolkayaker1
04-21-2012, 02:44 AM
Oh, god dont open that can of worms......pretty soon theyll be an 8 page thread full of angry people complaining about the anti-soprano bias here...:)
Besides, you nerds just play tenors 'cause Jake plays them......

Well, you got us there. Slotheaded tenors, to be precise. If its a slot headed tenor Pono, can channel both Jake and Eddie Vedder while I strum "Mary Had A Little Lamb".

ejnovinsky
04-21-2012, 03:48 AM
Well, you got us there. Slotheaded tenors, to be precise. If its a slot headed tenor Pono, can channel both Jake and Eddie Vedder while I strum "Mary Had A Little Lamb".it's all good I channel tiny Tim myself

ejnovinsky
04-21-2012, 03:51 AM
The baritone revolution is going to wipe us all out anyway. We need to unite against the common foe. Hehe. :)