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    Default A Style in case for F style

    Having owned only one F style mandolin several years ago I have never tried putting an A style in a F style fitted hard case. Does this usually work with a decent fit? I sometimes see cases advertised as accommodating both.
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    Default Re: A Style in case for F style

    The answer is yes; probably - assuming that the body dimensions of the A are the same as the F the case was designed for. Trouble is that there are large bodied As/Fs and small bodied As/Fs. Older Gibsons, Eastmans and my Kimbles have large bodies but many modern As/Fs have smaller bodies.

    It’s largely a matter of try it and see and to some extent a matter of how tight a fit you like.

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    Default Re: A Style in case for F style

    The Calton case that my F5G sits in fits a modern A style perfectly.
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    Default Re: A Style in case for F style

    I had a Calton F case that I used for both a modern A style and a 2-point -- both fit perfectly, BUT as Ray(T) mentioned, my old Gib A4 did not fit.
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    Default Re: A Style in case for F style

    I had one of those Eastman fibreglass F cases and the Mike Black A2Z that I had fit in it just fine.
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    Default Re: A Style in case for F style

    I recently got one of the Gator poly foam cases advertised to fit both styles and all my A's fit fine in it.
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    Default Re: A Style in case for F style

    Travelite holds some "modern" size A mandolins nicely. There are so many sizes, though, that I think it is trial an error.
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    Question Re: A Style in case for F style

    You'll have extra space .. inside .. now Eastman fiberglass cases fit F 4 & 5 & A 4 & 5..

    ( I have an A5 only Eastman FG Case for my Mix A5.. they quit making them )

    F is just added Blocks of wood A's leave out..
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    Default Re: A Style in case for F style

    Yep. I actually prefer to keep my As in a F case because I like the extra scroll room...perfect place to roll up a strap without removing it ...
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