It probably depends on how often you're taking it out of your house/apartment, but if I had spent enough money to own a Gilchrist, I would spring for a Calton. At that point, it's a few hundred to protect a five figure investment. Taking my own advice, at some point, Is hould probably spring for one myself. I still use an Eastman case I bought over a decade ago. Maybe I just got a good, maybe they don't build 'em like they used to, or maybe I got lucky, but that case survived being run over by a golf cart with nothing more than a loss of paint on the corner it got run over, and no damage to the mando inside.