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    Texas? might be some gun cases big enough like for multiple prized double barrels,

    just have to re upholster the inside with suitable plush covered foam ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandroid View Post
    Texas? might be some gun cases big enough like for multiple prized double barrels,

    just have to re upholster the inside with suitable plush covered foam ..
    Think for a moment about traveling internationally with a gun case.... yeah, not happening lol
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    It's already been said, but for that price point I'd go with the Bobelock. They're not fiberglass but the wood is actually better protection and a more stable micro-climate for the instruments. My Bobelock cases fit all of my fiddles including my wider and higher one and they're rugged.

    To answer the question about what makes a good case? Suspension...
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    Now would be a great time for someone to make a double case out of carbon fiber. That is the way to take care of a weight issue.
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    I'm needing a double case for two fiddles, one of which being a hardanger fdl - requiring an extra four inches at the headstock. If anyone should know, much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainer73 View Post
    It's already been said, but for that price point I'd go with the Bobelock. They're not fiberglass but the wood is actually better protection and a more stable micro-climate for the instruments. My Bobelock cases fit all of my fiddles including my wider and higher one and they're rugged.

    To answer the question about what makes a good case? Suspension...
    Well I hadn't asked, but since you mention it, when cases advertise suspension, what does that mean?? I'm coming from mechanical backgrounds and suspension means springs and shock absorbers beneath your car lol. But I see lots of case makers advertise it, but they never explain what exactly they mean...

    Also, I'm pretty much sold on the bobelock, now it's just a matter of havin the money and finding one in stock
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    Now would be a great time for someone to make a double case out of carbon fiber. That is the way to take care of a weight issue.
    Here ya go: https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/176253#176253
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnar View Post
    Well I hadn't asked, but since you mention it, when cases advertise suspension, what does that mean?? I'm coming from mechanical backgrounds and suspension means springs and shock absorbers beneath your car lol. But I see lots of case makers advertise it, but they never explain what exactly they mean...

    Also, I'm pretty much sold on the bobelock, now it's just a matter of havin the money and finding one in stock
    Gunnar, "suspension" comes from violin world. If a violin's back is in contact with the case and the case falls, you risk a soundpost crack in either the back or the belly. That's a nasty crack—difficult to fix and devalues the fiddle. A suspension case has pads under the top and bottom blocks, reinforced areas in violin construction. The pads keep most of the back, particularly the soundpost area, suspended above the bottom of the case. If it falls, the strongest parts of the violin take the impact. See picture below.

    Suspension doesn't seem to be a thing in mandolin cases, probably because they don't have soundposts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise NM View Post
    Suspension doesn't seem to be a thing in mandolin cases, probably because they don't have soundposts.
    This seems odd, I feel like the extra padding would still be good to have especially given the convex shape of the back.
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    Tony, I recently bought a Bobelock mandolin case which is suspended—not surprising from a company that does most their business in violin-family cases. The Calton I have is not. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catmandu2 View Post
    I'm needing a double case for two fiddles, one of which being a hardanger fdl - requiring an extra four inches at the headstock. If anyone should know, much appreciated.
    Have you tried a double violin/viola case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catmandu2 View Post
    I'm needing a double case for two fiddles, one of which being a hardanger fdl - requiring an extra four inches at the headstock. If anyone should know, much appreciated.
    Unless you can find a Norwegian case company that makes such a thing I would guess you would have to go custom for this. I was going to suggest that if you found a double violin case with an accessory compartment at one end you could remove that for the extra headroom.

    I do have a nice lightweight double fiddle case I think a Pro-Tech brand but that has limited accessory compartment. My rectangular single violin case has a large compartment at the end but that would not help.

    When I lived in a city and often traveled by train I wanted a double case for ease of walking around but I drive almost everywhere so no need any more. Years ago I did buy a mandolin-Fiddle case but it was almost as heavy as a hard shell dreadnaught guitar case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas View Post
    Have you tried a double violin/viola case?
    No I haven't, but that's prbly my best bet. Thx


    Jim, ya I use a modified pro tec case now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise NM View Post
    Gunnar, "suspension" comes from violin world. If a violin's back is in contact with the case and the case falls, you risk a soundpost crack in either the back or the belly. That's a nasty crack—difficult to fix and devalues the fiddle. A suspension case has pads under the top and bottom blocks, reinforced areas in violin construction. The pads keep most of the back, particularly the soundpost area, suspended above the bottom of the case. If it falls, the strongest parts of the violin take the impact. See picture below.

    Suspension doesn't seem to be a thing in mandolin cases, probably because they don't have soundposts.


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    Ok thanks, that makes a lot of sense!
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    If the OP hasn't found anything yet
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