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 Which company makes the best clarinet cases?
Author: clarinetfreak 
Date:   1999-07-11 02:35

I need a new clarinet case and i was wandering what some of you thought were the best cases for double clarinet. Thanks.

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 RE: Which company makes the best clarinet cases?
Author: Mark Charette 
Date:   1999-07-11 03:01

Tony Wiseman makes the best cases I ever seen - but they're really pricey! They're tubular aluminum, and he makes double & triple cases with custom inserts. How much were you looking at spending?

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 RE: Which company makes the best clarinet cases?
Author: clarinetfreak 
Date:   1999-07-11 04:40

Mark:
I've seen those cases and they seem really protective, but they were way too expensive for me. i was looking at something at the most $300.

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 RE: Which company makes the best clarinet cases?
Author: Marci 
Date:   1999-07-11 05:25

I would definitely NOT suggest the BAM double cases...they're pretty new. They are made in France, but made very poorly. I got mine in November and it's been falling apart since then. They didn't sew the inside of the case to the outside, they glued it, and it's coming un-glued. I would suggest getting the Buffet double Pochette case, if you can afford it. They are very nice and durable and you could get a bag like Altieri or something to put it in.

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 RE: Which company makes the best clarinet cases?
Author: Laura 
Date:   1999-07-11 13:01

I've got a Gewa double case, it was about 130 (sorry, I don't know what that is in dollars!) They're light-weight, and seem to have protected my cls very well so far, I've had it about 3 years. It also has a pocket on the front for music, and adjustable straps, you can either wear it ovewr the shoulder, or as a rucksack (which makes me look like a tortoise, but no matter!!). It's black on the outside, but has different coloured linings, mine's burgundy, but my friend has a lovely emerald green one!!
(OK, call me superficial!!)
Anyway, hope this helps,
Laura

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 RE: Which company makes the best clarinet cases?
Author: Mark Charette, Webmaster 
Date:   1999-07-11 14:05

Marci wrote:
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Marci wrote a great example on how to give us negative information. Good factual information, not subjective - something we can check on for ourselves.


This is the kind of information, phrased the right way, that I like to see.

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 RE: Which company makes the best clarinet cases?
Author: Fat Albert 
Date:   1999-07-11 20:08

The ProTec Intl. cases are all the rage down here in Texas.
I've had mine for about 1 1/2 yrs and I love it! It has plenty of space for accessories. According to Intl. Music Suppliers, a double cl. case goes for $80.

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 RE: Which company makes the best clarinet cases?
Author: Therese 
Date:   1999-07-12 01:56

I highly recommmend BAM clarinet cases if your a student. The fact that they are a backpack makes them so much easier to carry around campus and wherever you go! good luck~therese

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 RE: Which company makes the best clarinet cases?
Author: Daniel 
Date:   1999-07-12 04:53

A case with an Altieri case cover with back pack straps or an Orly case is probably a better choice than the BAM cases. All of the BAM cases i've seen have been very poorly constructed.

As for the Pro Tec cases like 'Fat Albert' mentioned. I really wouldn't use them in double case form... They're bulky enough as it as a single case. And they just aren't very attractive. Especially those flower pattern ones... (ick).

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 RE: what to do about the case falling apart
Author: Lelia 
Date:   1999-07-12 17:12

I buy used instruments that often come in cases that need repair work. Sobo Craft and Fabric Glue, sold in fabric and craft stores, is good for re-gluing case linings, especially when the case itself is wood. Sobo seems to work best if I spread it out with a plastic squeegie (like a broad spatula -- actually before I bought the squeegie, sold in the same dept. as the glue, I used a kitchen spatula) and let it begin to dry a little so that it feels sticky instead of wet, before pressing the fabric down against the wood. I do one section at a time so I can hold the fabric flat while the glue sets up. Sometimes I hold it in place with a brace ( a board fastened to the case with clamps), if I've had to glue a large section, such as the whole inside of the top.

If the case itself starts coming apart at mortise-and-tenon corners, and if the wood seems to have deteriorated some (often happens with old cases) so that I don't think Elmer's Carpenter's Glue will do the job (though that glue, the yellowish-colored kind, is excellent for wood that's in good condition), I shoot some Gorilla Glue in there. Get Gorilla at hardware stores. It's a gap-filling adhesive that comes in a plastic squeeze bottle with a nozzle. Gorilla Glue darkens in color and expands to fill gaps after you apply it, so it will need to be sanded smooth after it dries. That means, don't glue the fabric or plastic back down over the joint until you're done cleaning up everything underneath. And don't get it on anything you don't want permanently stained and glued!

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 RE: what to do about the case falling apart
Author: clarinetfreak 
Date:   1999-07-13 01:31

Thanks everyone for your imput!

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 RE: Which company makes the best clarinet cases?
Author: tracy 
Date:   1999-07-14 19:51

I can not respond about your experience with the bam cases, but i have had mine for over a year and have not had a problem with them!

tracy
Marci wrote:
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I would definitely NOT suggest the BAM double cases...they're pretty new. They are made in France, but made very poorly. I got mine in November and it's been falling apart since then. They didn't sew the inside of the case to the outside, they glued it, and it's coming un-glued. I would suggest getting the Buffet double Pochette case, if you can afford it. They are very nice and durable and you could get a bag like Altieri or something to put it in.

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 RE: Which company makes the best clarinet cases?
Author: Mary Beth 
Date:   1999-07-15 04:07

I, too, really like my ProTec case. I had a single case and found it both convenient and nicely manufactured. So naturally, when i needed a double case, I decided to buy another ProTec. Unlike Daniel, I prefer my case to be black... and it's very nice. Black Double Case that looks more like a gig bag... it even has a compartment that holds quite a bit of music. And at Woodwind and Brasswind, I believe it is just under $80. You've got hardly anything to lose...

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 RE: Which company makes the best clarinet cases?
Author: Daniel 
Date:   1999-07-15 19:26



Mary Beth wrote:
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Unlike Daniel, I prefer my case to be black... and it's very nice. Black Double Case that looks more like a gig bag... it even has a compartment that holds quite a bit of music. And at Woodwind and Brasswind, I believe it is just under $80. You've got hardly anything to lose...



All my cases and case covers are black. Except for my Buffet double that i have in an Alieri cover. Has two very large pockets, ample space inside the cover with the insulation, and the case itself has a flap for music and plenty of storage space for reeds, etc...

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 RE: Which company makes the best clarinet cases?
Author: Jeff 
Date:   1999-07-27 16:05

Fat Albert wrote:

The ProTec Intl. cases are all the rage down here in Texas.
I've had mine for about 1 1/2 yrs and I love it! It has plenty of space for accessories. According to Intl. Music Suppliers, a double cl. case goes for $80.


I have a Pro-Tec single case. I thought it would be a good buy, it looked like a nice case and fairly strong, but I have had to replace the shoulder strap because the spring popped out of it and that angered me, considering I payed $60 for this case about 4 months ago. My teacher uses her original Buffet case, but puts it in a Pro-Tec Gig Bag. Maybe this works better, but I am not sure


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