Even the best of the best cello cases probably won’t protect your cello for too long if you’re not careful when you’re handling it. With that in mind, there will always be cheap flimsy options as well as well-crafted alternatives.
6 Best Cello Cases - Sturdy Models!
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To kick things off in high gear, I present you with the Crossrock CRF1000CEFBHLT cello case. Made from a high-quality poly carbon composite, this case has been designed to endure just about anything you can throw at it when you live a life on the road.
It’s a 4/4-sized case that you can carry on your back. It features very thick straps and a textured exterior back plate that make it comfortable to lug around.
The interior has an interesting suspension design as well as thick velvet lining. With all around protection provided on the inside and high-end poly carbon composite material protecting the cello from the outside environment, you can hardly ask for more from a cello case.
Although to some it may seem like overkill, if you know how expensive cellos can get, then you should understand the importance of giving them the best kind of protection possible. Whether you’re touring for a living or just going back and forth from rehearsals.
Another cool feature is the music pocket, conveniently placed at the back. It serves as an airflow panel but also as storage space for your sheet music.
This is easily one of the most rugged 4/4 cello cases on the market. The Guardian CV-013-C has a DuraGuard nylon exterior cover that’s weatherproof and water resistant. It’s not a hard case but the dense Styrofoam body still provides excellent impact resistance.
It probably won’t do as much against weight pressure, so you might want to consider an alternative for air travel. That being said, the CV-013-C also has very thick padding on the inside that ensures a snug and tight fit.
From a pricing standpoint, the CV-013-C is considerably cheaper than most alternatives for the performance. But, when compared to high-end products, it may still lack slightly in terms of padding and style.
And still, I think that the materials used in this Guardian case offer the most value for the money. Whether some professional cello players would consider other options, I have no doubt that students and amateur players can get a lot of value out of the CV-013-C as it is a case that should last a few years at least.
The Superior C-3918 Trailpak II is a gig bag that has been designed for maximum portability. It’s not nearly as heavy as most cases and yet it boasts impressive levels of protection. Starting with the ballistic nylon exterior and the 12mm padding, the Trailpak II bag doesn’t seem to have any issues with wear and tear.
Its flannel interior lining offers a smooth cushion for the instrument and can ensure scratch-free transportation. This is very important given the amount of rubbing that goes on in gig bags as opposed to cases.
The handles are padded, textured, and adjustable too. As are the backpack straps. Because of this, the Trailpak II might just be the ideal choice for musicians of all sizes and ages.
Last but not least, you may also appreciate the exterior pockets. They can hold accessories and folded down sheet music, which can help you lessen your load while traveling.
4. ProTec C310E
If you’ve read my previous articles on gig bags and cases then you know how much I respect ProTec gear. The ProTec model C310E 4/4 cello gig bag is a well-design and well-constructed gig bag capable of handling long tours.
Although it’s a standard 600D nylon exterior cover, it’s the reinforced stitching that makes this bag stand out. It’s surprisingly strong and long-lasting given its price tag.
Also part of the design is the custom molded zippers. They are not waterproof but they have some water resistance. Multiple storage pockets are also available if you want to carry some accessories with you.
A bow holder pocket is also included but it can only hold one. The adjustable backpack straps are always a nice feature to see. They have a fair amount of padding that should reduce the amount of strain put on your shoulders.
One even more interesting feature is the luggage ID tag. While this may not be the best gig bag for air travel, it’s still a good idea to have an ID tag if you’re going to be performing alongside multiple musicians.
There’s nothing wrong with using a foam case if it’s well-made. The Crossrock CRP200CEFGY can offer reliable impact protection and a bit of weighted pressure resistance. Unlike many other cases, the CRP200CEFGY is made of lightweight high-density polystyrene. This doesn’t just offer protection but also makes the case and the cello more portable.
It also features a black velour interior and good compartmentalization that allows space for two bow holders as well as head and neck support. Buckle straps are also featured to secure the cello even better during transportation.
Although the dual webbing handles are quite comfortable, you’ll probably opt in favor of the backpack straps. They offer better weight distribution and they also feature comfortable non-slip pads.
If you’re looking for hard cases, which you probably should, here’s one that’s more eye-catching but also very tough. The Travelite TL-20 Deluxe is a 4/4 cello case that’s surprisingly lightweight given the level of protection it offers.
On the outside, it features heavy-duty ballistic nylon and almost weatherproof nylon zippers. On the interior, a block of foam has been carved to size to accommodate 4/4 cellos perfectly. Neck support, Velcro straps, and bow holders are available to make sure that the instrument won’t get loose.
Because cellos are expensive and sensitive instruments, keeping an eye on their conditions is always important. The Travelite TL-20 case comes with a built-in humidity indicator. It also has multiple handles so that you can use whatever grip feels more comfortable.
The wheels are quite sturdy but seem almost too close together. They may not have the optimum performance, but only if you roll the case fast or on uneven ground.
Picking the Size for Your Cello Case
Most people gravitate towards 4/4 cello cases for good reason. That’s the most used cello size, even by some beginner or amateur players. With that in mind, it’s worth pointing out that most cello case manufacturers will have other size options available.
It’s just a question of how long you’re going to use a 3/4 or 1/2 cello and if it’s worth investing in a high-end case of that size.
While it’s true that a 3/4 cello will easily fit in a 4/4 case (without the tight fit), you could always add some more foam or padding to a 4/4 case. It’s a good way to plan ahead and makes better use of your money.
Best Way to Carry a Cello
Obviously, there are going to be some mixed opinions on this subject, but here are my two cents on the matter. No matter how many handles your case or bag has, unless you have serious shoulder or back problems, there’s rarely a reason to put yourself through the trouble of carrying a cello in your hand.
Making full use of backpack straps is probably the best way to go about it. Even if they’re not adjustable or if the case is a hard case with little to no padding on the outside.
Internal Must-Have Features
You’ll at least want one bow holder. Most cases have room for at least one bow on the inside. Don’t settle for less unless you’re shopping on a really tight-budget. You can also look for a compartment to hold accessories like an extra set of strings.
Soft lining is a definite must if you want to avoid scratching the cello. Flannel or velour lining will do the trick any time.
Try looking for a really tight fit for your cello to minimize movement. Not all 4/4 cello cases may have the same interior requirements. Sometimes you might find yourself in need to remove some of the padding, especially if you’re using a custom instrument.
Proper head and neck support can’t be underestimated. If you can’t spring for both, then at least a good neck support and sufficient straps will be important to find. This generally just applies to cases and not case/bag hybrid options.
Cases vs. Gig Bags
Many people may have a poor opinion of gig bags because they look flimsy compared to cases. But, I can’t stress this enough: not all cases are hard cases. In some situations, a gig bag may offer more protection than a case.
It’s all about finding the right balance between materials, features, and craftsmanship. Sure, all within your budget of course.
But, even though at the end of the day cases tend to have the edge because they serve as storage options too, don’t be so quick to discount a well-padded weatherproof gig bag either.
Protect Your Cello at all Costs
As you can see, finding the best cello cases is not that difficult once you know how to pick them, what adds value, and what doesn’t. If you’re using a 4/4 cello, whether for studying or concert playing, any one of the options in this article will protect your cello from various environmental problems. Which one do you think is the best fit for you?