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tafkam1
Lokahi

USA
313 Posts

Posted - 05/09/2009 :  07:04:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit tafkam1's Homepage
who makes your favorite ukulele cases? i like the classic looking tweed kind and everybody has that same black one that zips up but i wanted to know what else is out there and who the makers are. Help, anybody?

Mitch Chang
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Mark
Ha`aha`a

USA
1628 Posts

Posted - 05/09/2009 :  08:46:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mark's Homepage
Howdy -

I have one of those standard tweed hardshell cases that came with the MyaMoe rez. The case looks OK, but the workmanship is gawdawfull--the fabric is fraying and coming away from the case. It's so bad that I hear MyaMoe has discontinued offering them. It does offer a fair amount of protection, though.

My favorite case is an Ameritage I got for the Po Mahina Island Jazz. Looks great, built like a tank and it even has a built in humidifier and humidity gauge. Not cheap, or lightweight, tho'.

Frankly, I thought the case was overkill until one flight where I watched helplessly as some bozo repeatedly slammed his over-packed carry-on into the bin holding my uke. The idiot seemed to believe that, since there was an obstruction, putting every ounce of his obesity behind pushing his case would allow it to fit. I finally got his attention when I climbed over two other passengers and screamed at him to stop.

Had the uke been in the zip-up foam job I used to use, it would have been splintered. Considering the cost of a fine `ukulele, I wouldn't settle for anything less.

http://www.ameritage.com/

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Pmahany
Akahai

USA
80 Posts

Posted - 05/19/2009 :  07:19:43 AM  Show Profile
I have one of those Ameritage cases for my uke. It is very sturdy, well insulated, and looks good too. It come with a temperature and humidity gauge along with the humidifier setup. I find it useful when I'm flying to Hawaii cause it let the insturment start to acclimate on the trip. If you are in an arid area then perhaps you should't use the humidifier. the other thing is you need to check that the uke is indeed in the case when you go because it's hard to tell if it's in there because of the weight. I would like some sort of backpack arrangement for the case.

Honokowai Pete
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rendesvous1840
Ha`aha`a

USA
1055 Posts

Posted - 05/19/2009 :  4:31:19 PM  Show Profile
http://www.backaxe.com/
I bought one of these for my banjo. The case is plywood and weighs a ton! The BackAxe works very well on it. Especially when I take too many toys to a jam! (Nearly Always!)It adjusts to fit a variety of cases, but it won't go small enough to fit Wanda's concert ukulele case. She has the zipper kind. They also make a smaller version, and if you send them the dimensions of your case, they will advise if it will fit.
Paul

"A master banjo player isn't the person who can pick the most notes.It's the person who can touch the most hearts." Patrick Costello

Edited by - rendesvous1840 on 05/19/2009 4:34:50 PM
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da_joka
Lokahi

361 Posts

Posted - 05/21/2009 :  7:57:59 PM  Show Profile
i get one ko`olau hard case. I dunno da company dat makes um ... but you can jus buy um from da website.

If can, can. If no can, no can.
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Tonya
Lokahi

USA
177 Posts

Posted - 05/24/2009 :  11:50:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit Tonya's Homepage
If you have a soprano and are on a budget, I highly recommend the Gator hardshell case (about $50 to $60 last time I checked: http://www.gatorcases.com/productsmodeldetail.aspx?LID=2&PID=7&MID=37).

The surface is really amenable to stickers for great decorating for that vintage "well-travelled" look (mine boasts a TaroPatch sticker on it along with a host of others) and it is really, really tough for those rides in the overhead compartment of the plane when you might encounter a clueless fellow passenger as Mark did, above.

It only comes with a carrying handle, but my ever-wonderful hubby modified it by installing an over-shoulder carry strap. Here's the directions, if you're interested: http://ukuleletonya.com/blog/2007/04

http://www.uketreasures.com
http://www.ukuleletonya.com
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Pmahany
Akahai

USA
80 Posts

Posted - 06/01/2009 :  08:47:17 AM  Show Profile
Very informative post Tonya. It was good meeting you at the Hayward Uke Fest. From a structural point of view I would be concerned about a pull out situation for screws used that way. Generally us Engineers, and Carpenter Types like to 'through bolt' for that kind of possible pull out shock loading, so that means machine threads and lock washers and nut or washer and aircraft nut. Mahalo, Paul for the lead on the backAxe, and keep on loving Wanda.

Honokowai Pete
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hawaiianmusiclover06
`Olu`olu

USA
562 Posts

Posted - 06/16/2009 :  10:53:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit hawaiianmusiclover06's Homepage  Send hawaiianmusiclover06 an AOL message  Click to see hawaiianmusiclover06's MSN Messenger address  Send hawaiianmusiclover06 a Yahoo! Message
I also have the black one that zips too and I also recently got another case which is made from Ko'olau and it is a hardshell case.

Alana :)

Aloha Kakou, maluhia a me aloha mau loa (Hello everyone, peace and love forever)
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