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    Default Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    I haven't tried this case, nor heard much about it, but for $30 I'll give it a go.
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Carrion-C...-Case/53320716
    No shipping charge if you pickup in store, or if you spend $35 or more and have it shipped to you. You will have to pay tax.
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    Default Re: Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    Case should be delivered tomorrow. I will update once I have some time to check it out.
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    Default Re: Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    Thanks for the tip, ordered the same one on Amazon since I have a case shortage at the moment. Better than a gig bag at least no doubt, and for not much more.

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    Default Re: Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    I saw it listed on Amazon too, but it shows backordered to me
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    Oh I just noticed that, well no rush I suppose. I'll be looking forward to your review.

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    Default Re: Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    I ordered one off Amazon. It looks like it will fit my Flatiron pancake 2M. We'll see. If not I'm only out $30. Delivery.. sometime in November. Guess if I've gone 35 years without a hard case for the instrument, I can wait a month and a half.
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    Default Re: Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Adams View Post
    I ordered one off Amazon. It looks like it will fit my Flatiron pancake 2M. We'll see ... sometime in November.
    Please let us know if it fits your Flatiron. In the giant Flatiron thread, there was much discussion of the difficulty of finding a case.

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    Default Re: Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    That's a good deal. If that goes away, there is also the Musician's Friend A-style case for a little more, $37.00 with the current SPOOKY discount and free shipping.
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    Default Re: Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    Case arrived today. About the same quality as the Musician's Gear case that I bought a year ago from http://www.musiciansfriend.com/acces...44411000000000
    Tolex and wood construction seem fine. Hardware is the same quality. I think it has a better neck support than the Musician's Gear case. The Saga Carrion case has an actual neck cutout support, whereas the Musician's Friend case the neck just rests on top of the accessory compartment. The Saga Carrion case is a larger roomier fit however. It is too large for all of the A5 style mandolins that I have. The Musician's Gear case is a more snug and secure fit around the sides of the body of the instrument. Depth-wise they seem about the same. If you have a larger bodied mandolin, or don't mind filling the space with a polishing cloth or T-shirt, it could work for you. I'm going to try it with the Breedlove Crossover OO that is arriving tomorrow and see if it is a more secure fit. If it is, I'll keep it. If not, I'll be buying another Musician's Gear case for $37 instead. Although the pictures at the Musician's Friend website don't look the same as the case I bought from them last year. Perhaps it has been changed? The Musician's Gear listing says the lower bout is 10.5"

    In this picture you can see that there is about a finger's width of room on both sides of the instrument. Without compressing the foam, it is 11" from side to side.
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    The Musician's Gear case has very little room on the sides of the instrument. Without compressing the foam, it is a little under 10" from side to side. It can still move a bit fore and aft, but it is overall a much better fit for the standard A5 body, as you can see below
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    Default Re: Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    And the verdict is...returning this case to whence it came. Too roomy for the Breedlove also. Musician's Gear case ordered for $37.
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    Default Re: Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    My first double post! Sorry.

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    Default Re: Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    If you haven't boxed it up yet, would you mind making a couple more measurements? The body is too big for a Flatiron, though as you say it could be padded. The bigger problem with cases for the Flatiron is the neck length is to short: from the tip of the heel to where the peghead starts to angle at the nut is only about 6.5", and 4.5" above that there must be space for the widest tuners (paddle head shape) at about 4 3/8. Just for reference, the widest part of the Flatiron body is about 9"

    The Musician's Friend case looks to be the same as the one I ordered and returned to Guitar Center, for less than $40, if I recall. Didn't fit the Flatiron, but other than that, it seemed like a decent case. I don't remember what I didn't like about the fit - probably the headstock was jammed in there.

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    Default Re: Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    I also got one of these, and it is larger for an A5, but the old Gibson's fit it nicely. The heel of the neck against the neck rest keeps it in place and the headstock doesn't touch anything. Since I got it for a friend's Gibson this will do nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorado_al View Post
    And the verdict is...returning this case to whence it came.
    Won't you be out the return shipping?

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    Default Re: Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Mando View Post
    Won't you be out the return shipping?
    Sold by walmart, not a 3rd party, so no charge for returns within 30 days if returned to a walmart store.
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    Default Re: Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    Quote Originally Posted by A 4 View Post
    If you haven't boxed it up yet, would you mind making a couple more measurements? The body is too big for a Flatiron, though as you say it could be padded. The bigger problem with cases for the Flatiron is the neck length is to short: from the tip of the heel to where the peghead starts to angle at the nut is only about 6.5", and 4.5" above that there must be space for the widest tuners (paddle head shape) at about 4 3/8. Just for reference, the widest part of the Flatiron body is about 9"

    The Musician's Friend case looks to be the same as the one I ordered and returned to Guitar Center, for less than $40, if I recall. Didn't fit the Flatiron, but other than that, it seemed like a decent case. I don't remember what I didn't like about the fit - probably the headstock was jammed in there.
    I'm not really following the measurements that you would need, but here are a couple of pics that might give you the answers you're looking for
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    Default Re: Saga A style tolex mandolin case $30 closeout

    We'll.. if the one I get fits the MO described above, I may have found a new bed for my 1917 Gibson A to sleep in in my closet. Either way, it my work! I also purchased one of the Eastman gig bags that Dennis was selling at The Mandolin Store. Do I have MCAS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorado_al View Post
    Sold by walmart, not a 3rd party, so no charge for returns within 30 days if returned to a walmart store.
    Just thinking "out loud" as my father would say.......I can picture a local music store ordering cases from Walmart at the "wholesale" price of $30 and retailing them for let's say $49-59 which would still be a great price, doubling your money and if it didn't sell, Walmart guarantees your money back. Then find another 200 musical items that they carry with the same guarantee and you've just outfitted a retail store at no risk to your investment. Throw in some lessons and strings to cover the rent and utilities and you're in business for a very tiny outlay of actual cash. Add some consignments to give some flavor to the inventory and with a little luck you might be in the profit zone! And, I've never seen this stuff in our local Walmart, so you wouldn't be competing, as such, except for Walmart online customers. Hmmm, I must be missing something.........I guess the 30 day limit probably would be the clencher, but you could probably go over the limit if you took store credit and used that for groceries or tires or other stuff...

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