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The Proper Viola Case Can Protect Your Instrument

The Proper Viola Case Can Protect Your Instrument 

All instrumentalists need a proper case to protect their instrument. There are a vast number of viola cases to choose from, so it’s good to understand the differences in order to match your requirements and budget with the best case for you. From material and durability to security and humidity concerns, there are quite a few things to pay attention to when purchasing a viola case.

Materials & Protection
 A hard viola case guards your valuable instrument against the hazards of pressure, impact, weather, and other adverse conditions. The outer structure of a hard-shell case is composed of a strong and rigid material such as wood, carbon fiber, fiberglass, or a composite. Often it’s a combination of two or more materials, those manufactured from wood laminate and fiberglass are the most durable types available on the market.
 When choosing a case, you’ll need to balance the weight. Wood 

laminate cases are heavy but they’re super strong and tend to maintain more consistent humidity levels than any other kind of case. If you plan on running your case over with your car or dropping it out of a second story window, this is the kind of case you need. If you’re shopping for an especially stylish child, consider fiberglass cases. Often available in attractive and colorful designs, they’re resistant to crushing but not as durable as wood. If a fiberglass case is dropped or banged on a hard surface it can crack or break. Due to its sheen, cases with a fiberglass finish tend to get scratched easily.

The Interior of Your Case
 A well-designed case will secure your instrument firmly with a soft, non-abrasive surface. Most cases accomplish this with foam padding covered by a plush material such as velvet, velour, polyester, or something similar. To help hold your viola secure, cases are equipped with leather or canvas straps, specially-made blankets, and other features. Some viola cases are also adjustable, meaning that they can accommodate multiple sizes.

Guarding Against Temperature and Humidity Variance
 While unavoidable, changes in temperature and humidity are very hard on violas. Some cases come with hygrometers and humidifiers built in, while others require that you purchase them separately. Hygrometers measure humidity levels and alert you if your viola is too wet or dry, while humidifiers actually correct dryness via a small tube that releases water in a controlled rate.

More Useful Features
 Most cases are designed to carry between one and four bows. If you need to bring more bows than your case allows for, you can always acquire a separate bow case.
 For extreme weather conditions (especially rain), you can get a water-resistant viola case cover that slips over your case for extra protection against the elements.

Do you need to transport your viola often, and/or for extended distances? You will want carrying straps. There are two types: long straps that go from one end of the case to the other, and a set that converts your case into a backpack for easy hands-free movement.



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