Author: kdk ★2017
Date: 2019-05-24 20:02
I carry my clarinets (ironically, Selmer 10Gs) in a Buffet "Pochette" style case (bells store on the bottom tenon). It's probably at least 30 years old and is still in quite good condition. I have no reason to replace it. The canvas cover, which I bought with the case, is also still in excellent condition, except that the zippers have begun to wear out and tend to separate, especially where they fit over the corners of the case.
I haven't yet tried to find someone with a commercial-grade sewing machine who might be able/willing to simply replace the zippers. I'm not sure who in my area does this kind of stitchery. I don't think the local dry cleaners are equipped. If I can't get the zippers replaced, I'm perfectly willing to replace the cover, but I don't see these Buffet covers on any of the online vendors' websites. Are they, to anyone's knowledge, still available (or something very similar)? Has anyone had a cover custom-made or a commercial one custom-fitted?
I have a similar question about a case cover for my even older Leblanc Eb bass. The original case, which I have recently had rebuilt, holds the instrument much better, with much less play around the joints for them to move when the case is closed, than the two generic cases I tried to replace it with. But the cover is a mess. I'd like to replace the cover (no question here of repairing it), but the best I've gotten is an offer from Muncy Winds to recommend a cover based on measurements that I would supply, which I suspect will end with a functional but too-loose-fitting cover that will flop off every time I open the case. Is there a source that would make a custom-fit cover?
This probably sounds very OCD, and my hope for well-fitting, correctly functioning case covers may be impracticable and completely misplaced, but I thought I'd ask.