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    The Mandolin Cafe has posted the following news release:
    An Interview with Jon Green of Calton Cases

    We interview Jon Green, the new owner of Calton Cases now based in Austin, Texas. The design and the build process have both been updated, concerns expressed under a previous owner have been addressed, and Jon fills us in on all the details we'd like to know about Calton in this exclusive interview.



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    Great to hear Calton is back in the game!
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    To echo Paul ... Great to hear that Calton is back and that Keith is getting a well deserved rest. But .. i don't see headstock pillows under or over the headstock. It may sound like overkill ... but when i opened a Calton and found the neck split and the headstock on its way to separating i sure wish the pillows were available ... as they had been on the first Deluxe Calton i got for a '28 Gibson L-5 that Paul worked on.

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    Great article, we here at Colorado Case Company appreciate the mention and the chance to work with such a great group of people at Calton Cases.

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    Yea!!!

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    What's the storage like? Any images of that space?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColoCaseCo View Post
    Great article, we here at Colorado Case Company appreciate the mention and the chance to work with such a great group of people at Calton Cases.
    I'm still enjoying my Colorado case cover 8.5 years later on my Calton case.
    Glad to hear they are ramping up production again if I ever "need" another mandolin.
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    You know you do.
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    The headstock compartment was widened by only 1", couldn't it have been widened to provide a full 1" on either side of the scrolls ?.
    The Calton cases are undoubtedly good cases,but that area has been a problem for users for so long that a bit of 'overkill' wouldn't have gone amiss (IMHO),
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    I agree with Ivan. I recently had the opportunity to try one out by placing my Gilchrist in one of the new cases. Although better than before, I was very surprised to see how little extra room the 'eastern' scroll had next to the side. Oh well.

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    Maybe I am just lucky, or maybe the non-scrolled headstock on my Flatbush V4 eliminates the issue? So far in the almost 9 years I have it, no trouble at all. Of course I've never flown with it, but plenty of travel by land.
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    Your mandolin is not in the 'at risk' crowd. It's the mandolins with the headstock scroll above the treble strings that suffered in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanN View Post
    I agree with Ivan. I recently had the opportunity to try one out by placing my Gilchrist in one of the new cases. Although better than before, I was very surprised to see how little extra room the 'eastern' scroll had next to the side. Oh well.
    If the neck is held firmly at the nut, it can't move side to side. Hence there should be no problem. But I haven't seen a new Calton F case yet, nor have I ever known of significant issues with earlier Calton F-cases.
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    The very earliest Calton cases differ quite a lot from the later models, and these early cases are susceptible to a 'rotation' issue where the scroll can easily impact the side of the case. This is an example from 1978 with a contemporary Mike Vanden mandolin:

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    As you can see, there is no neck support. None at all. This was rectified in later versions. Also, the foam used around the body was very soft and tended to lose shape quickly, so the body was not held very tight at all. Net result was that the mandolin tended to rotate so that the scroll was actually touching the hinged side of the case near the headstock. The foam here was also rather thin...

    The later UK made cases did address these points, with more space around the headstock (still not a lot compared to a Pegasus, mind), with full length neck support, and with denser more resilient foam. That particular case there is the earliest example of a Calton mandolin case I have seen.
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    Pretty primitive alright. That was an English one, because there was not yet a Canadian branch in 1978.

    The new ones look pretty good to me.

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    That's an exceptionally fine looking case Paul,but i still believe that a bit of overkill in headstock section width wouldn't have gone amiss. We still need to remember that the thing that places our mandolins in danger more than anything else - is us !,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Hostetter View Post
    If the neck is held firmly at the nut, it can't move side to side.
    Indeed, this has always been a main requirement for me to consider any case, and Calton has always managed this aspect brilliantly, with its perfect neck cradle/support.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Hostetter View Post
    ...nor have I ever known of significant issues with earlier Calton F-cases.
    Well, I won't re-hash the many testimonials I have known of detailing significant issues with earlier Calton F-cases.

    That said, I wish them well in case sales.

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