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    Default Best case for Cocobolo concert?

    Hi Forum,

    Any recommendations for upgrades to a case for Cocobolo concert ukuleles?

    I bought mine with a uke crazy case. At least it says uke crazy on it, dont know if there are more than one model. It is pretty neat, both hard and light. Without a strap button it would be a perfect fit. But with the strap button on I need to angle it in to fit it. The uke is 630 mm long. I read that concerts are usually about 580 mm and tenors about 660 mm. So really closer to tenor length.

    Any suggestions for cases that would be better for this size ukulele, in between concert and tenor in size?
    Playing:
    Anuenue AMM tenor - Magic Fluke Koa Tenor - Cocobolo concert - Kamaka Tiki concert - Cort concert - Ohana LN soprano.

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    In my opinion, as long as it's a hard case, it's fine. Now, If you're going to do a lot of traveling with it - especially on planes - then you want a strong, sturdy case. I have all my ukes in hard cases for protection and cleanliness, as well as for humidification.

    As for the fit, it's easy enough to insert some padding to take up the slack if the uke slides around in the case. A classy way to do it is to cut a piece of foam the right size and then cover it with material like what you have inside the case. I've been wanting to customize a case, like in the video below, but I don't have a need - yet.

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    My cedar-topped Cocobolo Concert fits very nicely in this Crossrock hard case. I do have a strap button installed but it doesn't cause any fit issues.
    This particular model number is CRW700CUTW, but other Crossrock concert cases should be OK.

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    @Jerryc41
    Thanks for the idea, but I am hoping to find something that fits perfectly as is.
    Otherwise this will adapt a tenor case to fit it of course.

    @Snargle
    Thanks for the suggestion.
    Those crossrock cases do look nice also!
    Edit: Just discovered that cross rock cases are apparently not available i the EU. I am not sure I will go through the same costums expenses for the case as I did for the ukulele.

    Btw, I just tried to to fit my Cocobolo into the Kinsman hardcase i use for my Kamaka Tiki concert and my Cort concert (Which is modeled on the Martin size).
    The body won't even fit there.
    I wonder if it is a soprano case that just happens to fit perfectly for small concert ukes. I didn't pick the case myself.
    Last edited by UkingViking; 12-30-2020 at 08:46 AM.
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    Anuenue AMM tenor - Magic Fluke Koa Tenor - Cocobolo concert - Kamaka Tiki concert - Cort concert - Ohana LN soprano.

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    I believe Cocobolo themselves offer a Kala hard case for the concert model so I would try that first and foremost. Or alternatively any hard case that have the same dimensions as the Kala one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    I believe Cocobolo themselves offer a Kala hard case for the concert model so I would try that first and foremost. Or alternatively any hard case that have the same dimensions as the Kala one.
    They offer either Kala UC Hard Polyfoam Ukulele Case, or the Kala Vintage Alligator Hard Case. Both say "Uke Crazy" on them.
    Anyway, I opted for the Hard Polyfoam Case, since I dislike the faux aligator case. If they had offered a tweed case or something like that, I might have taken the luxury option.

    It is the Kala UC Hard Polyfoam Ukulele Case it was shipped in which is just a bit short when a strap button is attached. It will fit, but i need to put the headstock first into the groove it has made in the lining, then lower the body into the case. If I put the body down first, the headstock wont fit. A luxury problem, but if I could get a case that was both a perfect fit and looked awesome, that would be better.
    Playing:
    Anuenue AMM tenor - Magic Fluke Koa Tenor - Cocobolo concert - Kamaka Tiki concert - Cort concert - Ohana LN soprano.

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    I have a Crossrock case for one of mine, and a Gator case for the other. I know Uke Crazy hard shell cases are available in tweed - I have one of my Ohana Concert models in one.

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    Has anybody experience with the Kala carbon abs case?
    Specifically for the Cocobolo.
    Playing:
    Anuenue AMM tenor - Magic Fluke Koa Tenor - Cocobolo concert - Kamaka Tiki concert - Cort concert - Ohana LN soprano.

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    I'm a bit surprised. My Cocobolo concert has strap buttons, and it fits in the Uke Crazy case. I really like these cases because they're light and still offer good protection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadia View Post
    I'm a bit surprised. My Cocobolo concert has strap buttons, and it fits in the Uke Crazy case. I really like these cases because they're light and still offer good protection.
    They are pretty cool. Not as classy as a Gator Journeyman or such, but lighter.

    Since each Cocobolo is unique, I guess they can vary in lenght.
    I just measured mine again. It is approximately 620 mm + button approximately 10 mm.
    Online specs for the light case says that it is 629 mm long inside, but without foam compression I measure it at 620 mm.
    So for it to fit, the pointy end of the headstock makes a 10 mm indentation in the foam.

    I am not sure what to trust.
    Looking at crossrock, the numbers I find online suggests that the fiber glass option is long enough, but too narrow, and that the ABS model is too short.
    Looking at the Gator cases, it appears that the Journeyman is just a bit lunger, but too narrow at the upper bout.

    Perhaps I should just get a tenor case - or stick with the one I have.

    But my birtday is coming up, and I need to find something for my wife to give me :-)
    Playing:
    Anuenue AMM tenor - Magic Fluke Koa Tenor - Cocobolo concert - Kamaka Tiki concert - Cort concert - Ohana LN soprano.

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