If you’ve been scrolling through your favorite search engine for the best new violin case, I’m happy to say I can help you out.
You’ve probably spent a lot of money on your violin so keeping it safe is really important.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect case to travel with, take to gigs or you just need something more lightweight, I’ve got you covered.
This list of the best violin cases has something for everyone.
Also, don’t worry if you’ve got a tight budget, I’ve found some excellent cheap options too!
Snapshot: The 8 Best Violin Cases in 2020
- Crossrock Backpack- Style Violin Case – Best Overall
- Crossrock CRF1000VRD Fiberglass Violin Case
- Protec MX044MT – Best for Travel
- ADM Violin Hard Case – Best Budget Option
- Aileen Violin Hard Case with Hygrometer Suspension – Best for Professionals
- Aileen Basic Professional Lightweight Case
- Featherweight C-3907 Violin Case – Best Lightweight
- Bam France 2002XL Violin Case
Buying a Great Violin Case
I’ve been through many a violin case in my time so I’ve learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t.
The main thing you want to look for when you’re buying a great violin case is quality. Seems a bit obvious, right?
Well, it’s not easy shopping online these days. There are so many brands out there promising us all kinds of things that they can’t deliver.
That’s why I’ve taken an in-depth look at the materials they’ve used, the added extras they’re offering and, of course, the price.
Don’t worry, today we’re going to find the perfect violin case for you.
So, let’s get into it!
The Best Violin Case in 2020
1. Crossrock Backpack Style Violin Case – Best Overall
- Designed for 4/4 Size Violin
- Rugged molded ABS exterior. Scratch resistant
Crossrock is a classic brand when it comes to violin cases. I love them, I trust them, I want to be sponsored by them (just kidding… well, maybe not). In all seriousness, this backpack style case is the definitely best one on the market right now.
When I’m buying a violin case, I want it to be hard on the outside but nice and delicate on the inside. That way I know if (god forbid) I accidentally drop my fiddle, I know it will still be safe and sound inside.
So, the exterior is made from rugged, molded ABS. The great thing about ABS is that its super strong, but affordable meaning this one won’t break the bank *breathes a sigh of relief*.
It’s also scratch-resistant, so if you do happen to do anything dodgy with it, your parents won’t be able to tell. Not that I condone throwing your violin about but I know the stress of trying to slip by your parents without them noticing a dent in your case.
Once I sat my violin on top of my car while I got in. Yup, you guessed it, I forgot all about it and drove off. So, you can trust me when I say this thing is sturdy. Also, it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals, nor can it be eroded by them. I think that’s good to know, you know, just in case you leave your violin in the science lab…
Inside we’ve got a high-density foam to stop your violin shaking about in there. It’s also lined with a super-plush fluffy material to prevent any scratches. Plus, it looks kinda fancy inside and we all know I love fancy things.
One of my favorite things about this case is its backpack-style straps. Most hard cases just come with a shoulder strap or even just a handle. If you’re going to school or out gigging, that’s really not great – cue the back problems!
- Backpack-style straps
- Heavy-duty, scratch-resistant exterior
- Dense foam and plush lining protects violin
- It’s a little heavy if carrying for an extended period
Final Thoughts on the Crossrock Backpack Style Violin Case
This is just an all-round great violin case. Hard cases just give you that extra peace of mind and the backpack-style straps make it so much easier to carry around. The only negative is that it’s a bit heavier than some soft cases but the extra weight is definitely worth the extra protection.
2. Crossrock CRF1000VRD Fiberglass Violin Case
- Super strong fiberglass hard shell with backpack design.
- High quality velvet lining with suspension inside.
Looking for something even more heavy-duty? Here’s another case from Crossrock. This time, it’s a little fiberglass number. It’s a little bit more expensive but it’s in your budget, it’s definitely a great option.
Yup, you guessed it, fiberglass! I don’t know what it is about fiberglass but every time I hear it I’m like, “yup I, need that in my life”. So, if you’re like me then you’ll love this one too.
Fiberglass is great because it’s really strong. Fun fact – fiberglass is actually stronger than steel. You probably already knew that (sorry, I just found out and thought it was pretty cool). The only downside to fiberglass is that it can scratch easier than acrylic materials.
Although it’s great at keeping your violin safe if you’re not great at keeping your case safe it might not be the best option. Just saying…
Ooh, velvet… Very nice (lol, I think I need to get outside). Anyway, yes, this guy has a velvet interior. It also has suspension inside so if your case gets bashed about on the outside, the inside won’t move at all.
Think of it like your car, if you go over a bump you don’t really feel it. In this situation, you’re the violin and your car is the case. Although, my car certainly needs new suspension because I can feel EVERYTHING. That’s a future problem though, right?
This Crossrock case has a nice accessory compartment (you know, for your shoulder rest, your rosin, your lipgloss. Honestly, I’ve got everything but the kitchen sink in mine).
It also comes with a nice little velvet bag to keep everything safe – I love that! The only thing is, it’s only got two leather handles (no straps). There’s one on the side and a grab handle on the top.
To be honest, that’s not the worst thing in the world, especially if you carry a backpack most of the time because you wouldn’t have space for a violin on your back too.
- Hard fiberglass exterior
- Accessory compartment and bag inside
- Velvet interiors
- Fiberglass scratches easily
- No straps
- A bit pricier
Final Thoughts on the Crossrock CRF1000VRD Fiberglass Case
I love this violin case but I feel like its more of an accessory – a going out case if you will. I mean, it will keep your violin safe and it looks really pretty but I don’t know if I’d use it on the daily. However, if you’re looking for a case you can take when you go to concerts or jams at the local pub, this one will do the trick!
3. Protec MX044MT Violin Shaped Case – Best for Travel
- Soft non-abrasive interior lining, suspension padding, and interior accessory compartment
- Neck secure strap provides stability, 2 bow clips, and soft violin blanket
Listen up, my globe trotters! This is the best violin case if you’re always on the road. Whether you’re getting on and off the subway all the time or you’re hopping on and off flights, this is the case for you.
So, I know most people would recommend a hard case for traveling. However, I just don’t think the extra weight is a good idea. I mean, just because it’s not covered in fiberglass doesn’t mean it’s not incredibly sturdy.
The Protec MX044MT is made from an ultra-light but sturdy EPS foam frame. The material won’t absorb any moisture from the environment, so you can rest assured that your violin is safe from warping. The exterior is also covered in 600D nylon, which is a waterproof and won’t stretch or scratch.
This case is the solution to heavy hard cases. It’s just as strong but it’s much easier to carry. An A+ all around for this guy.
The Protec MX044MT has a non-abrasive lining and suspension padding (remember what I said about the car). This case has everything you need for traveling. I know they’re known as “soft cases” but that’s because they don’t have a hard shell, not because they’re actually soft. Don’t worry! I wouldn’t do that to ya.
This one also comes with a nice, soft violin cover for a bit of added protection. It’s also got a nice big pouch on the front which is always handy for traveling.
It’s got a shoulder strap, dual-corded handles with a padded handle wrap, and wait for it… Backpack style-straps! Also, for all of you hustlers taking public transport every day, it’s got a subway handle.
All in all, this case has everything you need to travel. A word to the wise though – never, ever, put your violin in an airplane hold. That’s just asking for trouble… I mean, your case would get through the trauma but your violin probably wouldn’t.
Oh, and a top tip from me – I would probably add a lock just for good measure. Don’t lose the key though, I’ve done that one before!
- Backpack straps
- shoulder strap
- subway handle
- Lightweight and easy to carry for an extended period
- Strong EPS foam frame
- Large pouch
- No lock
Final Thoughts on the Protec MX044MT
The Protec MX044MT is a brilliant violin case for traveling. Whether you’re hopping on public transport every day or going further afield, the MX044MT will do the job of keeping your violin safe. It’s incredibly sturdy but it’s still lightweight. I don’t want your arms falling off any time soon!
4. ADM Violin Hard Case – Best Budget Option
- 【ULTRA-LIGHT】 The outer cover farbric is lightweight waterproof Nylon Oxford raincoat, and the interior is made of Soft velvet-like material to prevent scratching. The total weight of the violin...
- 【AMPLE STORAGE】 Comes with two bow holders, full-length sheet music pocket and an accessory box inside is amply sized to hold your rosin, mute tool, etc, durable and practical.
If you’ve got a smaller budget I’ve got a treat for ya. This case is under $45, so it certainly won’t break the bank. Don’t worry though, it’s still going to keep your violin safe.
The violin case itself is made from dense, pressurized styrofoam. Of course, this case isn’t going to be quite as strong or as sturdy as the other cases on this list.
So, if you do have a really expensive violin, I’d recommend that you invest a little bit extra for something a bit safer. However, this guy will do the job so it’s perfect for beginners or for storage use. It’s covered in an Oxford Raincoat material, so it’s pretty waterproof. It’s also got a standard plastic handle (not the comfiest to hold but it does the trick) and some straps.
I mean, if you ask me, you’re getting a really good deal for your money here. Most beginners start off with a case like this one, so don’t worry too much if you don’t want to invest the extra money yet.
Surprisingly, this ADM case has a little bit of suspension inside. It’s not quite as protective as the Protec case but, at that price, you can’t really complain! The inside is lined with velour to protect your precious cargo. It’s also got two violin clips, which is great.
Yup, there’s more! This case comes with a nice little blanket to protect your fiddle and some storage space. You won’t be able to fit a shoulder rest in there, but it’s good to have a place to keep your rosin. We all know how easy it is for that to smash…
- Extra straps
- Storage space for rosin
- Not as strong as the other models
- Not as comfortable to carry
Final Thoughts on the ADM Violin Case
I don’t have loads to say about this case but it does the job. It would be perfect for a beginner who only needs to carry their violin to and from lessons. If you’re just looking for a cheap and cheerful violin case that will just do the job this ADM one is your guy!
5. Aileen “Air” Violin Hard Case – Best for Professionals
- 【AMPLE STORAGE】 Comes with space for 2 bows, a shoulder rest holder, and an accessories compartment
- 【EASY TO CARRY】 The case includes 3 metal D-rings with adjustable straps to carry around as a backpack
If you’re a professional and you’re looking for something that keeps your violin safe but also does adds a little something-something to your look, you’ll love this case from Aileen. Granted, it’s a bit of an investment but if you’re going to be using it every day it’s worth every penny (that’s what I tell myself anyway)!
I love that this case is made from recyclable ABS material. I don’t know about you but I tend to switch up my case quite often so it’s good to know I’m not going to do any damage to the planet.
The Aileen Air was made for people who are always on the go with their violin and want it to be protected but don’t want to sacrifice fashion. That’s me down to a T! It’s really tough and it doesn’t scratch easily either.
The interior of this Aileen Air case is lined with a quilted velvet material so your violin will be protected from scratches but it still looks great when you open it up. It’s got enough space to store your shoulder rest which is great.
You don’t want to be rifling through your handbag to find it! Once I was supposed to be going on stage but I’d actually forgotten my rest. I had to play my whole set without one! Honestly, you can’t imagine the stress I was feeling. I mean, I’m quite an anxious person anyway but that took anxiety to a whole new level. I was sure my fiddle was going to hit the deck.
So, yeah, moral of the story: buy a case with enough room for your shoulder rest. This one also has really good suspension inside which I know is a must for professionals, especially if you’re on the go a lot of the time.
This case is ideal for professionals because it comes equipped with a hygrometer. You can monitor the moisture level to make sure your violin doesn’t warp. This case would actually be really handy if you live in a hotter, more humid climate.
It would allow you to keep an eye on the conditions your violin is being stored in because, honestly, sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’ve got it right. It’s also got space for two bows which is pretty essential for professionals.
You guys always need a spare on hand! Also, it’s got a pretty nifty shoulder strap.
- Looks chic
- Made from recyclable material
- Comes with a hygrometer
- There’s space for a shoulder rest
- Shoulder strap
- A bit on the expensive side
Final Thoughts on the Aileen “Air” Case
Although this case is a bit of an investment, I think its ideal for professionals. I remember when I was out gigging and I had to carry a really ugly case around with me. If you’re not a fan of the standard “violin case” look, this one is perfect.
6. Aileen Basic Professional Lightweight Violin Case
- 【AMPLE STORAGE】 Comes with space for 2 bows, a shoulder rest holder, and an accessories compartment
- 【EASY TO CARRY】 Subway strap keeps you feel comfortable even if carried for long distances
If you loved the idea of the Aileen Air but you don’t quite have the budget for it, here’s another option. I know that a lot of professionals just want their expensive violin to be protected and that’s all. So, I thought I’d include this standard professional case as well.
So, this violin case has an Oxford fabric exterior. It’s not quite as stylish as the Air, but it’s definitely a step up from the really basic cases. Although it doesn’t come with backpack straps, it does have extra metal loops on the sides so you could always buy some if you wanted. I’ve done that with a few cases, actually.
I know from the outset this case looks like a bit of a “plain Jane” but it’s actually really nice inside. I mean, that’s where you’re violin’s going to live, so it may as well have some nice carpets (that was a horrible joke, I know). It’s got a lovely velvet lining with pretty paisley pattern embellishments.
I know we’re more about function than looks here but I can’t help but mention it. I also think the inside of this case is incredibly secure. It hugs your violin quite tightly, so you can be certain it would shoogle about in there.
You’ll be glad to know this professional case comes equipped with a hygrometer, so you can keep a watchful eye on those pesky humidity levels. It also comes with a gorgeous paisley violin blanket. Plus, there’s a compartment specially made for your shoulder rest. I mean, what’s not to love?
- Stylish interior
- Comes with a hygrometer
- Space for shoulder rest and rosin
- Close-fitting to your fiddle
- Fabric exterior
Final Thoughts on the Aileen Basic Professional Lightweight Case
I love Aileen cases. I feel like they’re just that bit more special than standard cases. This one might not be very stylish on the outside but it’s a perfect case for professionals.
7. Featherweight C-3907 Violin Case – Best Lightweight
- Rigid foam construction and wooden frame reinforcements for ultra-lightweight protection
- Padded and molded interior with neck support and Velcro strap ensures a snug, protective fit
In need of an incredibly lightweight case that’s still going to serve you up all kinds of protection? Well, you’ve found it. This Featherweight case is the perfect companion for taking to and from school or any other short bursts of travel.
Clearly, he’s not very handsome (the case that is). However, he does his job and he does it well. Okay, I’m going to talk about the case like a normal person now. The exterior is made from heavy-duty nylon material.
It’s not quite as strong as some of the other cases on this list but, in this case, we’re sacrificing a bit of strength for less weight. Its shell is made from rigid, poly-expanded foam which actually insulates it from any changes in the weather. I mean, that’s just fantastic at this price.
Before you freak out, don’t worry, it also has wooden frames to support the structure (and to stop it from caving in on your precious instrument).
This guy’s interior is pretty basic (whoops, I’m doing it again, its a case, not a person, Fi…) but it does the job. It has a padded nylon lining, which actually looks quite nice. At the end of the day, if you’re merely in need of a seriously lightweight violin case, this one does the job perfectly well. It might not be too fashionable but at least it’s not going to break your arm!
The only added extra we have here is an accessory compartment. It’s big enough to hold a shoulder rest or some rosin so that’s a nice bonus. Anything else would just weigh it down! Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with shoulder straps but we’ll be fine because it’s so darn light.
- Only 2.4lbs – very lightweight
- Wooden frame for extra structure
- Protection from humidity changes
- Incredibly affordable
- No shoulder straps
- Not waterproof
Final Thoughts on the Featherweight C-3907
This is definitely the best lightweight violin case you’ll find at this price point. I think it’s pretty great, aside from the obvious aesthetic issues. However, you’re probably not as picky as I am so I’m sure you’ll love it.
8. Bam France 2002XL High Tech Violin Case
- For 4/4 Violin
- Tweed-Look Exterior Finish - 3 Layer Construction: AIREX, ABS and PVC for Exceptional Protection - Protective Anti-Skid Rubber Guards - Neoprene Shoulder Strap - Super-Light Weighing Only 3.5lbs
I mean, this is the definition of ending with a bang. This one is for my bougie readers! Am I the only one who dreams of having a Bam France violin case? Surely not… Every violinist has scoured their website at some point.
Now, I wouldn’t usually recommend spending over $500 dollars on a violin case because I think more affordable models can do the job just the same. However, that’s just like saying “don’t spend your money on a Gucci handbag when you can buy one from Walmart”.
No matter what you say, people still do it (myself included). This gorgeous case is made from a layered construction of AIREX, ABS, and PVC – essentially all of the protective materials. It may be expensive but nothing could touch your violin in that. You probably wouldn’t even want to just in case you smeared the lovely shiny exterior (just kidding).
The one thing I don’t like about Bam France cases is that they don’t look very nice inside. I mean, I know they’re incredibly protective, but you would have thought they’d put some more effort into the internal aesthetics. In fact, who am I kidding, they’re Bam France, they don’t have to do that.
I’m the most stuck-up violinist ever and I still love this case. It’s got a nice black, plush material with suspension inside. Plus, if you’re spending this much on a case you’ve probably got an absolutely gorgeous violin, so it will look perfect just on its own.
It comes with a nice Bam France shoulder strap. Oh, and an accessory pouch. That’s it really. Is it just me or is the branding enough? I love it…
- Incredibly protective
- Secure metal fastenings
- Plush shoulder strap
- The price
Final Thoughts on the Bam France 2002XL
If you’re looking to splash the cash on a really fancy upgrade, Bam France is the way to go. Their cases are to die for and I don’t even completely know why. Has anyone else been brainwashed into living Bam France by their violin teacher?
Keep Your Violin Safe (At All Costs)!
I’m not saying you should splash the cash on a Bam France number but keeping your violin safe is really important.
They’re expensive little instruments so it would cost you way more to replace it than it would to protect it. I used to despise spending money on a new case if something happened to mine.
However, I’ve learned from experience that it’s better to upgrade sooner rather than later if your case is damaged or, more importantly, if you don’t have one yet!
So, whether you’re a beginner, professional, or a traveling violinist, I hope I’ve helped you find the best violin case for all of your transporting needs!
That was cheesy, wasn’t it?
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Fiona is a musician and writer. When she’s not working, she’s either playing the ukulele or finding another instrument to add to her collection.