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    The center latch is what attracted me to the prototype. It is more vintage looking, plus more secure with 3 latches rather than 2, and it was $45 cheaper.
    Tom, it was great that you were able to grab the prototype. I'm sorry but I've spent so much time looking at vintage cases that it just looks wrong without that oval lock. But I understand the financial decisions they have to make. Do they really want to raise the price another $100 to cover the cost of the oval lock? No.

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    I think this Collins case looks amazing. I wonder if I could get them to make me one with a Gibson badge on it?
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    Doesn't it strike anyone as odd that there are ten pages to this thread about a CASE? Oops, I just added to it...
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    Make it look like these and I'll buy one for very instrument I own and build!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Tichenor View Post
    great commercial/ad/salesmanship! .....focus on quality!
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    I can't bring myself to spend 750 bucks on a mandolin, let alone a case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-E-F View Post
    I can't bring myself to spend 750 bucks on a mandolin, let alone a case.
    With that kind of price limit, unless you get extremely "lucky", you won't be playing much of a mandolin either...YMMV
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    DataNick, you are probably correct. Might be time to bite the bullet and get into a four-figure instrument.

    My axes of choice have always been perfectly-setup cheapos, on the theory that with a lotta practice I can transcend the cheapness and amaze my listeners with my slick and quick technique (ha-ha).

    But this is a subject for another thread...

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-E-F View Post
    DataNick, you are probably correct. Might be time to bite the bullet and get into a four-figure instrument.

    My axes of choice have always been perfectly-setup cheapos, on the theory that with a lotta practice I can transcend the cheapness and amaze my listeners with my slick and quick technique (ha-ha).

    But this is a subject for another thread...
    Ya gotta have something to start with...cheapo usually translates to cheapo tone, volume, & playability...YMMV
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    Does anyone have any info on the new A5 cases from Collings? Costs? First hand report? Photos? I recently noticed the Elderly ad stating that the new Ellis A5 came with a made to fit Collings case. thx

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    Nice case, same price as the F5 case. They are shipping now with the new mandolins. Very tight fit. Don't plan on storing anything in it, other than your mandolin and a few picks. They are very much like the old Gibson cases, but with a bit more padding. There is a thread somewhere on the board about them. They are pretty hard to find, outside of buying a new mandolin right now, but you can check around.
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    Tight fit for mandolin or tight space for other than the mandolin? I can't imagine less accessory space than in the new calton cases. Same price as F5 case would account for price rise in that Ellis A5. Thanks!

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    There is a thread somewhere on the board about them.
    I'll look for that

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    The mandolin just fits in there. So if you don't have a Collings mandolin you need to make sure that your mandolin will fit.

    So, tight fit all the way around, for the mandolin and for putting anything else in there.
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    Is there space to leave a tone guard on?
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    Hope to see one in person at IBMA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dang View Post
    Is there space to leave a tone guard on?
    Definitely not.

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    We're used to being spoiled with mass manufactured products that don't hurt the wallet. It's hard to find a justifiable reason to purchase an expensive item when you don't have the money and there are cheaper alternatives. But I'm a huge fan of supporting locally handcrafted products. $750 for a case seems worth it if you consider the man hours put into crafting it. Hand crafted products are almost always of a higher quality too since they receive a lot of personal attention during production.

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    $750 for a case seems worth it if you consider the man hours put into crafting it.
    ...and if it suits your needs. If it doesn't do that, $10 is too expensive.

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    From above - "$750 for a case seems worth it if you consider the man hours put into crafting it.". Once the design has been established & the tooling to manufacture it made,it only takes as long to make a 'superior' case as it does to make a lousy one !. Use superior materials & you get a high quality case,use 3rd rate materials & ...........!!!

    The high cost of the Collings case will be as so many other high cost items,''initially' in order to recover the high cost of tooling,
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    Having recently acquired one of the vintage discontinued cases, I have to say it is a superb piece of work. I agree with everything Scott Tichenor has said about this case. Cases are kind of like picks - everybody has their own preference and for different reasons, but if cases float your boat, you'll likely love this one!

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    I can certainly appreciate craftsmanship and even see it in a "humble" A-case. Then again is it as protective as a Calton for that similar price? Certainly looks deluxe.

    My long suffering violin case fell apart recently and my main online retailer had an across-the-board hefty discount just in time so I got one of the more deluxe cases so my fiddle is very happy. There is something about getting a quality well-designed product although I usually shoot for utility vs. luxury.
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    I do own a Calton case. A Calton is more protective if you plan on sitting on it or putting in a luggage compartment. This Collings case is the nicest case I have ever owned. It is extremely stout and provides more than enough protection for any situations I will ever be in. Again, it is all about personal preference.
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    Currently listed at $995 on the Collings website and sold out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I can certainly appreciate craftsmanship and even see it in a "humble" A-case. Then again is it as protective as a Calton for that similar price? Certainly looks deluxe.
    Apples, oranges.

    Some people like to drive a Lexus to the grocery store, some like a Jeep. I drive an 11 year old Honda. Some folks living in a run down trailer park have a tricked out mini truck and a $40K bass boat hooked up. Different strokes for different folks. Not all sizes and needs fit everyone. Not everyone uses a product for one single purpose.

    Maybe reading this will help. Posted in 2017. I still feel that way about the case every time it's touched.
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