Are your 'Cello and Gamba cases strong enough to put in the hold?
This question has no answer. Anything can be broken given enough force. That said, we make very protective cases and travelling musicians use them for long haul travel all the time. For most musicians that's the nature of the job now.
Very occasionally things go wrong and cases may be damaged, but so long as the instrument is OK then a damaged case really doesn't matter. Incidents of damage to instruments are thankfully very rare indeed.
For our part, we want to provide the strongest most protective case, for the weight the musician can manage, and within their budget.
Every 'cellist and gamba player will try to take his or her instrument into the cabin when flying. But there are times when that isn't possible. We are uncomfortable selling ultra lightweight cases, just in case the musician is unable to carry their instrument on to the plane. When made in carbon our 5.5kg / 12.2 lb Original 'Cello case, our 4.2 kg / 9.2 lb Small Cello Case and our 5.5kg / 12.2 lb Gamba Case are very strong, so we urge musicians who may have to check in their instruments to specify cases with at least these weights.
Since we introduced our Blobby cover for long-haul travel, some musicians use these with ultra lightweight 3.3kg / 7.2 lb carbon cases inside. Is that OK? Well, we think the 4.2kg / 9.2 lb carbon case or heavier, would be safer. But if the 3.3kg / 7.2 lb case is going to be used this way, it is better inside a Blobby than not inside a Blobby, but we are still not comfortable with this combination.
What are the maximum external dimensions of the cases?
The maximum external dimensions of our Original 'Cello Case are (h) 1.36m / 4ft 5inch x (w-across hips) 0.53m / 1ft 9inch x (d - bridge to back) 0.32m / 1ft 1inch
The maximum external dimensions of our Small ‘Cello Case are (h) 1.35m / 4ft 5inch x (w- across hips) 0.52 / 1ft 9inch x (d – bridge to back) 0.32m / 1ft 1inch.
The maximum external dimensions of our Gamba Case are (h) 1.39m / 4ft 7inch x (w-across hips) 0.51m / 1ft 8inch x (d - bridge to back) 0.33m / 1ft 1inch
The maximum external dimensions of our standard bass case are: (h) 2.18m / 7ft 2inch x (w-across hips) 0.95m / 3ft 1inch x (d - bridge to back) 0.65m / 2ft 2inch.
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