New Case!

My favorite gift this Christmas season was unexpected.  I have had the same violin case since upgrading to my performance instrument at age 14…a very long time.  It did the job, but was heavy, had a broken strap and zipper, and was not a proper fit for my instrument which had resulted in damages and repairs over the years. I thought I wanted a Tonareli because they are light, beautiful, and, well, trendy. I was also a big fan of having backpack-style straps.  Matt, my husband, took my request one step further and I am so glad he did.  He searched reviews on cases on YouTube and different forums and settled on an Aileen caseIMG_9910.  I had never heard of it before so I was a bit surprised, but I LOVE IT!  The fit is snug and secure and I am impressed with the quality and style.  It is ultra-light and scratch resistant.  It has an innovative neck brace and excellent quilted velvet for extra protection.  It has a special hinge configuration that guarantees the top and bottom shells are always aligned, and the built-in hygrometer allows for moisture control to ensure sound quality is never compromised.  This is important as I use gut strings that are sensitive to these changes.  And I have my coveted backpack straps, as well.  I am very pleased with it and anticipate using it for the next 20 years and beyond.  What is your favorite case or accessory for your instrument?  I would love to hear from you.

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