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    Who’s making a nice case that an old A model Gibson will fit in? Will the Collings vintage case work?

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    Seems I read that the Collings case will NOT work for the short neck Gibsons. Older TKL cases work, and some cheaper new ones I have found to work, but it's nice to try them first.
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    If you can find one, the Eastman Fiberglass cases work well. The Bobelock fiberglass cases are nicer, and the "A" fits in it equally well.
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    A 5 or the A 0 / 1 thru 4? It appears the redesigned Eastman FG was made to fit F5 & F4, and by extension short & long neck A 4 & 5.

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    I believe that the Guardian CG-020-MA will fit Gibson oval hole A models. Not a fancy case, but durable enough for casual storage and local travel.

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    Hoffee and Calton cases can and often are made to fit the customers given dimensions or a specific manufacturer/model by altering the interior storage and neck and headstock supports. I had a custom Hoffee case built to fit my 23 F4 about eight years ago and was just looking at Calton’s Website before calling Vernie to snag a nice F5 one he had in stock. You might contact the case builder to see if they can do the same with companies like Collins and Northfield. Good luck.
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    Yeah the Eastman fiberglass case fits my A2Z..... no storage space in those cases. The Mandolin Store usually has one or two in stock. R/
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    I haven't seen an Eastman A style fiberglass mandolin case in years or are we talking about using the F style case?
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    My 1917 A1 snuggles in an Eastman F quite nicely!
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    I was hoping they had started bringing in the A style fiberglass case again.
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    Mine's in a TKL A-style arched case and it fits extremely well, good support.
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    I have a Hiscox Pro II that works for my Black A2

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    Collings case seems way overkill for almost $1000. I have all my A's and similar shorter neck copies in TKL arched cases. Good solid cases.
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    My '22 A-2 lives in a molded Gator case. Fits perfect and well protected.
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    My K2 mandocello fits nicely into a Guild dreadnought guitar case.

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    My K2 mandocello fits nicely into a Guild dreadnought guitar case.
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    I've posted this here in the past, but a Reunion Blues Continental Tenor Ukulele bag is affordable and great protection. I've seen them as cheap as $70 recently on Reverb. Salem music has a Reunion Blues bag that might work. I have bought two leather Reunion Blues "A" style bags from them.

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    And a Taylor Baby gig bag is perfect for a vintage National style one resophonic mandolin, with about 6 inches above the headstock for storage of tuners, picks, and other necessary accoutrements. Click image for larger version. 

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    I like the TKL Zero Gravity case a lot, great storage pockets and the mandolin is well protected.
    https://tkl.com/en/uproduct/tkl-zero...d=06151-2%2FBL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Griffin View Post
    I have a Hiscox Pro II that works for my Black A2
    @Tim do you mind posting a picture of your mando inside its case? I have a 1928 A-style in a standard A-style case and it's a little tight for my comfort.
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    I have a Superior fiberglass case that I bought as a returned item on Amazon and modified the storage box and location of the neck support to fit my Big Muddy, which is a similar size as a Gibson. I use extra padding around the body to keep it from moving around. The Superior case is not very deep and I found it doesn’t work with my F mandolin and a tonegard. The case is light weight, fairly sturdy, and usually available.
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    I recently purchased a Hiscox case for my 1921 Gibson A. I like the fit, and the seal which has done a great job so far of controlling humidity.
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    both the Hiscox oblong and the Gator foam case will take an older Gibson oval. Tone Guard included.

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    This particular Musician's Friend case works perfectly for my teens Gibson A Oval. https://www.musiciansfriend.com/acce...-mandolin-case

    It is on sale for $49 right now. It has gold hardware and is quite protective. It looks basic but is effective in its use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lflngpicker View Post
    This particular Musician's Friend case works perfectly for my teens Gibson A Oval. https://www.musiciansfriend.com/acce...-mandolin-case

    It is on sale for $49 right now. It has gold hardware and is quite protective. It looks basic but is effective in its use.
    I have a few of those bought over the years and they are fine for my various vintage flattops and less valuable ones. For my vintage ones and luthier made modern As I prefer the arched cases usually TKL but again the MF cases are amazingly serviceable for a low price.
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