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Thread: Soprano case - wooden hardshell v sturdy alternative

  1. #11
    Join Date
    May 2010


    Just chiming in on all the good and sound advice above (and repeating some of it, sorry):
    - yes, there are still cases with a wooden core (Ameritage comes to mind, NRP uses them). I don't think Gators have a wooden core, they're rather made of a very heavy ABS with metal rims, but I could be wrong about that. Flight cases are made of wooden multiply.
    - three drawbacks of wooden core cases are bulkiness, weight and price; but when it comes to protection against serious abuse, I think nothing can beat them. Pun intended.
    - glassfiber is stronger than ABS, ABS is stronger than PVC; but they all have some flex in them.
    - cases are better than bags - most damage comes from knocks, kicks and slight falls rather than really heavy pressure, and bags don't really protect much against those incidents.
    - as John mentioned, a good fit is everything; an expensive, heavy duty flightcase is no use at all when your instrument is either rattling about inside, or squeezed in under pressure.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    WPB, FL


    I'm still trying to find the "right" case for some of my sopranos without having to purchase an Ameritage, or Martin injection mold case.

    All ears here.
    1960's Martin Style-0
    LoPrinzi Concert (Redwood & Mahogany)
    Fred Shields Style-0 Replica
    Kala Elite 1MHG-S
    Ohana SK-25S
    Kala Elite 1KOA-T << Letting this one go. PM if interested.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2010


    The Gator cases I have are wood

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Catskill Mountains, NY


    For dust protection, use anything. For real protection, use a hard case. You don't have to spend $200 on a case. Many of mine cost under $50. I want something to protect it from bumps and short drops. If you plan to do a lot of traveling, you might want something sturdier. You can also modify a case for more internal protection.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Redmond, WA


    If you are not in a rush and do not care about colour, the Crossrock ABS and Fibreglass cases have huge price swings on Amazon. Stick one in your cart or set up a watch on and wait for the drop. I bought a few of these for less than half the typical price.

    It would not surprise me if the same were true for other brands, but I have not tracked them.

    For a custom uke and no travel plans a cabinet or windowed display case may be a good alternative.

    If you are a member of Monty Python you can have Adam Savage build you a case. If not, Adam shows how to make your own. If you are a non-traditionalist, a custom case may be the best option for a weirdly sized or shaped instrument.

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