Results 1 to 19 of 19

Thread: Hiscox cases

  1. #1

    Default Hiscox cases

    Anyone have a Hiscox mandolin case? I just bought a Martin D 35 and found the case had cracked around one of the hinges so I bought a Hiscox case for it. Iím impressed Itís a plastic that doesnít look cheap, and the interior is not plush, but it exudes confidannce that it will protect and last. Interior storage is skimpy though.
    Silverangel A
    Arches F style kit
    1913 Gibson A-1

  2. #2
    Registered User Tavy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Tavistock UK
    Posts
    4,044

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    Yes. Good case, loads of storage in the mandolin version (by mandolin case standards). A bit brick like and heavy maybe, but offers first rate protection IMO. My only real complaint is that I can't easily sling it over my back so it can be a bit of chore carrying large distances (say more than half mile on foot) to a gig. 99% of the time you'll park right outside though, so it's a non issue then.

  3. #3
    Mandol'Aisne Daniel Nestlerode's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Picardy
    Posts
    2,038
    Blog Entries
    81

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    Yes! I got one with my JBovier EMC-5

    Thoughts:
    - Small thing: I wish mine had three latches rather than two.
    - I let my 5 year old use it as a stool
    - If your mandolin is an odd size/shape, this is your case. I'll be getting a second Hiscox for my Arrow G5 when its foam case dies.
    - Having said that, I wish that they did a shaped case version. It would be a little smaller.
    - Small thing: I wish they had a smooth finish version so I could slap stickers all over it!

    Daniel

  4. #4
    Registered User J Mangio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Madison County, NC
    Posts
    302

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    Great case, when I was snowboarding, I shipped my mando up and down the East coast by USPS without incident.

  5. #5
    Registered User Bob Clark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Beautiful Salem County, NJ
    Posts
    1,639

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    Great case from a protection standpoint, and with plenty of storage compared to other cases I own/have owned. I really don't like non-shaped cases though. Just too big and bulky.

    Also had an odd experience with my Hiscox that may have been just a quirky, one-off thing. I was carrying my Hiscox at a fairly large conference with a number of people of consequence on the national scene. It came to my attention that the security people were bird-dogging me something awful. I was plainly making them uncomfortable and they were really making me uncomfortable. It simmered down when I got with my musician friends and made it obvious what I was carrying. Still, those were some uncomfortable moments. They plainly were concerned it was a gun case. I have never had this problem with any other instrument case, but all my other cases are obviously for instruments.

    If I had kept it, I'd want to decorate it with music stickers to eliminate future confusion. Instead, I swapped it out for a Hoffee and have never again had a problem. Hoffee. . .now there's a case (YMMV).
    Purr more, hiss less.

  6. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Location
    Toulouse (France)
    Posts
    11

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    I have a second hand one which is great as long as the mandolin is a standard A or F shape. Playing mainly A-5 two-point copy, the axe is not hold tight in it but I am still confident with this case. Lighter than the other cases I had in the past.

  7. #7
    Registered User mandrian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    361

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    Hi,

    Re. Daniel's point about the latches, to my knowledge all of the recent mandolin cases now have four latches rather than two.

    Regards

  8. #8
    Registered User Bob Clark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Beautiful Salem County, NJ
    Posts
    1,639

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    Quote Originally Posted by Alban Havidson View Post
    I have a second hand one which is great as long as the mandolin is a standard A or F shape. Playing mainly A-5 two-point copy, the axe is not hold tight in it but I am still confident with this case. Lighter than the other cases I had in the past.
    Funny that should be your experience while mine was the opposite. My Hiscox came with my Phoenix Neoclassical, a two point, which it held securely. But it also held my A/N flat top securely. There may have been a very little motion, but not enough to concern me. It can be tough to find a case that will hold short-necked instruments like an A/N flat top, especially with their somewhat smaller bodies. It did admirably with both of my instruments. Here are pictures of the two instruments in this case.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Case containing mando.JPG 
Views:	41 
Size:	1.32 MB 
ID:	182049Click image for larger version. 

Name:	case with AN.jpg 
Views:	40 
Size:	1.33 MB 
ID:	182050

    And these pictures also show the ample storage space. You could put your lunch in here!
    Purr more, hiss less.

  9. #9
    Registered User McIrish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    175

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    I have their mandolin case. Best case I've ever owned by far. it's light and very solid. I don't ever worry about my Fern getting abused in it. I would absolutely buy one again... if I could afford a second expensive mandolin.
    Gibson 2016 "Harvey" Fern
    Collings MT Mandola
    Petersen Level 2 Irish Bouzouki
    Collings 0002H
    Couple of Banjos
    Lots of other Guitars
    http://www.shadowfields.com

  10. #10

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    They were on my radar because a friend buys one for every guitar he owns. He flys to London three or four times a year and sees no reason to buy the next level Hiscox. He has seen some pretty drastic abuse, and never had any damage.
    Silverangel A
    Arches F style kit
    1913 Gibson A-1

  11. #11
    Registered User jhammond's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    TN
    Posts
    76

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    I have one and love it for my F style Ratliff. I agree the rectangle ones are slightly bulky compared to others BUT you get great protection and good storage space. They can't really be carried backpack style but do have D rings mounted to accommodate a strap. IMO they are pretty lightweight for the level of protection and reliability you get.
    James

  12. #12
    Fatally Flawed Bill Kammerzell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    Annapolis, MD
    Posts
    1,496

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    Not sure what anyone paid for there's. However around this time of year and other Holidays, Musician's Friend often seems Hiscox mandolin cases for 15-25% off. I got mine for around $175.00 shipped which I thought was a great buy.
    Gibson Custom Shop F5G Wide Nut (2010) Dave Harvey
    Collings MF (2016)
    Breedlove Quartz (2001)

    Hohner and Seydel Harmonicas (various keys)

    "Heck, Jimmy Martin don't even believe in Santy Claus!"

  13. #13

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    Been using one for around 4 years - solid as a rock, great catches (4 of them), and really hard wearing. They’re quite large, by mandolin standards, but offer a significant amount of protection.

    I’ve had a Hiscox case for a telecaster for around 10 years, and it’s still going strong.

  14. #14
    Registered Muser dang's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    1,046

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    I like mine, it seems very protective, lots of storage, a tad on the bulky side... so I don’t use it as much as my old Calton

    The texture doesn’t look like it, but I have put a number of stickers on the front and they seem to be fine after several years. I do smooth them out a little once and a while but nothing drastic
    I should be pickin' rather than postin'

  15. #15
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Central Illinois
    Posts
    3,160

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    Will airlines allow a Hiscox case in overhead bin ?
    My two favorite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine! Adapted from quote by Mark Twain------supposedly !

  16. #16
    Pittsburgh Bill
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    625
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    Quote Originally Posted by yankees1 View Post
    Will airlines allow a Hiscox case in overhead bin ?
    I think it is dependent upon the airline, the people working, and whether or not that person working is having a good day. The last time I flew from Pa to Calif 18 months ago (I do not recall the airline) they wouldn't allow even a shaped case let alone a Hiscox. Trip prior to that to Europe on WOW airlines charged me $56.00 to carry on a shaped case. A Hiscox may be a little large for an overhead bin. I have flown Austrian Airlines between DC an Vienna with out even an eyebrow raised.
    I
    Keith Edward Coleman A style, oval hole Mandola
    Stiver A style (eagerly awaiting spring 2020 arrival)
    Weber Gallatin A Mandola "D hole"
    Kentucky KM-950
    Harley Benton A style (Spare canoe paddle)
    Rogue 100A (current campfire tool)

  17. #17

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    Living in Florida, another important consideration is that the case is insulated with a closed-cell foam IIRC, which provides much better thermal protection. Instruments put together with hot hide glue don't like heat.

  18. #18
    Registered User mcgroup53's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Greenwood, Ind.
    Posts
    280

    Default Re: Hiscox cases

    I carry my splendid 1942 Epiphone Triumph archtop in one and I love it. And if I absolutely had to, I would gate check it in that case.

  19. #19
    Jo Dusepo, luthier Dusepo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    London, UK.
    Posts
    364
    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •