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    [edit] sorry, the cases to which I referred seem to be gone. they still have a few soprano 'tweed' archtops for $50.

    Check the Kala website ( I believe it's kalabrand.com ). They have a number of hard cases on sale/clearance, some under $30 depending on size. The concerts and tenors are discounted the least. FWIW, I just picked up a "travel" soprano for under $150 and shipped free. Solid spruce top, blah blah blah. Wasn't even looking but the price was right. Until then other online sellers were in the $220-280 range.
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    I tried one of those $20 generic hard cases from EBay. I was very disappointed in it. The top wasn't straight and didn't close and latch easily. The metal hardware nailed on and the nail ends poked through the wood into the instrument compartment. There was no foam padding inside, just a thick fleece fabric that didn't protect much from bumps or from the nail ends. Maybe some of these generic cases are better than others, but they are hard to pick from because they have no brand names and all the photos on EBay look the same. I returned mine and the seller gave me a full refund.

    On the other hand, I have been happy with budget-priced brand name hard cases from Carrion, Gator, Musicians Gear, Crossrock, and Dean. Also the foam pod cases from Knox. All of these were less than $40 each (some might have been on sale).

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    In real life, I am an upholster and leather craftsman. In my alter-life, I am a uke-aholic. Often I am asked about what to do with a "too big" case. A can of spray glue, an appropriate thickness of foam rubber and a fabric you like makes the case fit the contents. I make all of my patterns first on thin paper and then glue that onto construction paper. {the thin paper makes a crummy tracing pattern for the next step} trace your side wall pattern onto what ever thickness of foam you need to make it fit. Depending on the shape of the instrument and your own ideas of how simple or complicated you want it to be determines the shape of the foam. For the top and/or bottom I just cover it all. I have made tops and bottoms out of shag rug pieces. For the foam, I spray glue a piece of fabric on it that covers the front and the top of it before I put it in the case.. It makes it look really nice when you open the case. Foam and fabric are lighter in weight than shag rug. If you want more information contact me a t thecraftedcow@comcast.net
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    I don't know where to get this type of case, but it came with a Caramel Tenor I bought on Amazon...

    It stores flat, and the handle screws will not pull out of the foam case because there are no screws.

    The grip/strap is sewn all the way across each flat side. Very good design.

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    Thanks for the replies and suggestions.

    I've put in an order for 1 soprano and 1 concert Glarry case; based on your comments, I want to check out their fit/quality before buying more. I'll put up a review here once I get them for future reference.

    WFT the Musician's Friend hard case that somebody mentioned on this thread; I own 2 of them. They are good quality (for $50, which is their normal sale price). I would have bought their ukulele cases but I'm not seeing their usual coupons this week and don't want to pay full price.

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    The cases came today.

    Pretty much everything mentioned in this thread is spot on. Including that the cases are made of cardboard @chris667 !

    I'm going to buy another concert case because the overall fit and quality is totally acceptable for my purposes (storage and car transport) and at $30 without a sale, it seems to be the cheapest.

    As mentioned by @Ukecaster, the soprano case is too big. Width and height are ok. The length; however, is .5" too long for the ukulele body. I will not be buying another soprano case due to the poor fit.

    In the pictures below, I've pushed the ukuleles forward as much as it'll go. I used a regular soprano, a long neck soprano, and a regular concert.

    I was curious about its material so I took a knife and opened a portion. I can confirm it is not made of wood. It looks like hard paper mache; so I think it is cardboard with some kind of plastic-like glue.

    There is no padding on the entire bottom and the sides of the headstock area, just felt covering.

    There are feet on the bottom and long side of the case. The latches are surprisingly good (heavy, smooth edges, and aligns perfectly). The case lid also aligns perfectly to the case, making for easy open/close.


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    Quote Originally Posted by clear View Post
    Hi,

    The cheapest hard case I found on line is

    https://www.glarrymusic.com/glarry-u...black-p19.html

    $30 each.

    They look ok; but they only have feet on the bottom and don't have feet on the back/bottom sides (do you need them for ukulele? I know it is very useful for guitar cases).

    I'll need 2 soprano and 2 concert cases, mainly for storing the ukuleles at home. They'll see some car travel, maybe once a week to the local ukulele club meets.

    What do you think of these?
    Any recommendations for cheap hard cases?


    Thanks.
    I've bought several of them - black and tan. They've been available for $25 and $29, and they're fine. Of course, if you need something super strong, then look elsewhere. I don't plan to drive over mine or drop them from planes, so any hard case will do.

    On the other hand, I've bought some beautiful, fancy cases.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Again I repeat, it is not rocket science level knowledge or experience to put additional padding inside of a case to make it as snug as a bug in a rug.

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