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Mar-11-2004, 11:14am
After Scotti informing us of the new Bobelock case with the hydometer kit installed I contacted Frank Eastes at www.finecases.com. Looks like Bobelock is building a upgraded case just for finecases.com. The upgrades are grey cover, leatherette handle, and hygrometer kit installed. I mentioned that there has been a lot of discussion on these cases lately and he might think about a Mandolin Cafe special....I got this reply

"I only recently became aware of the Mandolin Cafe connection--and I actually do plan on running a special for MandolinCafe folks. Basically, the special will be if you mention MandolinCafe I'll throw in a Long Hollow Leather softy mandolin strap (these are really great hand-made straps). The folks who frequent MandolinCafe have been very gracious with my website, so I want to do this as a way of thanking them."

The case is $220 including shipping. I'm ordering one on payday! Just figured I would give a "heads up".

It would be cool to see some more of these "Cafe Members Specials"! Maybe an idea for the future.....think how many intellitouch have been purchased by cafe folks. If we could get a vendor to give us a special on this type of thing it would be great to pool our buying power. Just a thought....I have no financial interest other than saving a buck or two!

Scotti Adams
Mar-11-2004, 11:19am
great goin Ben..and thanks Frank at Finecases.com ....thats a great deal.....I may need another case here one of these days and I can think of none other I would want for the price.....I expect my after market Hygrometer kit for my current Bobelock any day now.....and that strap is just an added bonus...

Scotti Adams
Mar-11-2004, 6:29pm
..hey Ben...did Frank say how the aftermarket Hygrometer kit installed in the cases?

Mar-12-2004, 9:19am
No...He just said that it would come installed.

Mar-12-2004, 9:50am
Mr. Wilcox of BRW was offering these cases in his February " bonus case" special, so I guess he likes them - question: does the hygrometer kit both measure AND control humidity? The Ameritage case does that but is like $329 at FQMS and that's the only other one I've noticed that does both. (The Ameritage case also indicates temperature, but I view that as less important since you can kinda figure that out on your own, and I don't make a habit of leaving my instruments out in the sun on a hot day or in the snow in winter....)

Mar-12-2004, 9:55am
does the hygrometer kit both measure AND control humidity?
Yes Frank just put up a photo on the website finecase (http://www.finecases.com/browse/bobelock/bobelock-1472.html)

Scotti Adams
Mar-12-2004, 10:27am
..dont look now..but there is a good deal on a Bobelock in the classifieds...and just down the road from me..I wonder if it as the Hygrometer.....hmmm

Mar-12-2004, 10:55am

That's my case for sale. It doesn't have the hygrometer inside. I've used a planet waves device for my mando.


Tom C
Mar-12-2004, 10:56am
Frank at finecases said these new cases should be posted by sunday evening. I'm getting one.

Mar-12-2004, 10:58am
Tom C...They are up now...Look at the link in my previous post.

Scotti Adams
Mar-12-2004, 11:12am

That's my case for sale. #It doesn't have the hygrometer inside. #I've used a planet waves device for my mando.

..thanks Wayne... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Mar-12-2004, 11:39am
Hey Scotti, I may work a deal to get you to pick that up for me if I decide to buy. Western Union?? (How close are you to the case)

Scotti Adams
Mar-12-2004, 11:55am
..if hes in Cincy Im about 50 miles north of there...are you planning to come up this way?...I will be down that way this sunday for band practice in Hamilton..if you work out something maybe Wayne and I could meet up around that area...

Mar-12-2004, 1:18pm
Thanks Scotti. I won't be up that way for a little while. I'll just try to deal with Wayne. (We've been emailing off board this morning)

What's your take on these cases? I've never heard of them. From what I've found on the Internet, they list @ $280 and can be gotten on some Specials as low as $200. Do you think my Flatiron F-5 Special deserves the upgrade from the Shaped F generic case it's currently living in??? The fact that Wayne's has no hygrometer/humidifier doesn't really bother me. Should I pull the proverbial trigger?

Scotti Adams
Mar-12-2004, 1:26pm
..yep...go fer it..Do your mando good....

Mar-12-2004, 2:14pm
The hygometer/humidity device looks like the Model One Combo at http://www.humistat.com/

I put the Model One combo in a Rigel case a few weeks ago and it doesn't seem to have made any difference in the humidity of the case. #I have the vents wide open and the humidity is about 40%-- same as it was prior to installation.

BTW-- installation is via small patches of adhesive backed velcro. #If your case has thick furry stuff on the inside, mounting is a bit dodgy.

Mar-12-2004, 2:16pm
WELL IT'S A DONE DEAL!!!! I BOUGHT THAT BABY!!! NEXT TIME DON'T PUSH SO HARD!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Tom C
Mar-12-2004, 2:23pm
I ordered one today also. grey/blue

Ken Berner
Mar-13-2004, 12:11pm
My wife gave me one of these great cases for Christmas and it really is a quality piece of work. It seems a little heavier than most, but I feel that any mandolin I carry in it will be quite well protected. I really like the storage space available for other materials. Try one; I think you'll like it!

Mar-15-2004, 7:11pm
Even though I recently sold mine with a mandolin I'd like to give the Bobelock a vote.....

I had been turned onto it when Scotti first got his,and at that point I feel that I found the perfect case and I'd had Calton,Presto and others.Its not the flight case type that some prefer,but for a normal picker who plays locally/regionally its the perfect fit and protection http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Jim M.
May-27-2004, 3:16pm
I just got my mando/fiddle case from Fine Cases. I already had a Bobelock for a single fiddle so I knew they were a great case. Fine Cases is a great seller too. Good price, with fast response and shipping. I highly recommend them. Their ad at the Cafe is:

http://www.mandolincafe.com/cgi-bin....trieval (http://www.mandolincafe.com/cgi-bin/classifieds/classifieds.cgi?search_and_display_db_button=on&db_id=9036&query=retrieval)

Scotti Adams
May-27-2004, 3:48pm
..Im gonna have to buy me another one real soon...

May-27-2004, 8:32pm
The hygometer/humidity device looks like the Model One Combo at http://www.humistat.com/
This is the same humidity measuring/contol device that Bobelock offers-- #you might consider adding one to your exising case.

NFI-- just a satisfied user.