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    What are folks using? Have a lot of cases at home, and can't find one that seems to work with the latest SOL with the very short neck
    Have tried a flat top hardshell. The bridge touches the top. Airloom - very close but nope. The neck shape is different enough to sit in the pocket and the headstock touches the accessory compartment too much.

    So far the best fit is a Reunion Blues Tenor Uke bag. Seems the right width, depth, and the neck holder work. Maybe I just use that?

    Any other good suggestions? Yes, a custom Calton has crossed my mind. No am not paying the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Platt View Post
    What are folks using? Have a lot of cases at home, and can't find one that seems to work with the latest SOL with the very short neck
    Have tried a flat top hardshell. The bridge touches the top. Airloom - very close but nope. The neck shape is different enough to sit in the pocket and the headstock touches the accessory compartment too much.

    So far the best fit is a Reunion Blues Tenor Uke bag. Seems the right width, depth, and the neck holder work. Maybe I just use that?

    Any other good suggestions? Yes, a custom Calton has crossed my mind. No am not paying the price.
    I have mine in the old Musicians Friend A style case they sold for $25.00 for years. I also have a Breedlove case that I bought a decade ago that fits the old short neck mandolins well. As far as new I wish there was an inexpensive option for a hard case for the short necked mandolins. Be thankful you're not looking for a case for a Martin A style mandolin.

    I'm surprised we've never seen a real do-it-yourself case movement where the case actually looks like a manufactured case. Most end up looking like a wooden box and although people put their hearts into them they really don't resemble what I'd be looking for.
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    Mine came new with a minimal brown soft canvas case, end-opening. Most of the last 60 years the SOL has been naked, but it’s a very sturdy thing unaffected by climate. Yours may be more delicate. The few current uke soft cases I have seem to be pretty good protection and are obviously really inexpensive as they are thrown in with the cheapest products.
    About DIY cases: In the violin world, the expensive cases seem to be rectangular boxes these days, rather than the shape-fitting ones. Mandolins are small, so they should be happy in a similar configuration. If I was traveling with an expensive instrument where luggage passed through other hands, I’d be more worried that a case that disclosed it’s contents would be vastly more theft-prone than an anonymous luggage-looking thing.

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    If you walk into a bank with a violin case people are afraid that you will pull out a machine gun and shoot the place up. If you walk into a bank with a mandolin case people are afraid you'll pull it out and start playing it. Case identification is important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Platt View Post
    ..Yes, a custom Calton has crossed my mind...
    That would be one pampered Strad-O-Lin
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    Mine came in a Washburn labeled mandolin case. Works fine for my needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Rieter View Post
    That would be one pampered Strad-O-Lin
    It's been mentioned here, but Paul Prestopino seems to have had one made for his SOL. Of course, that was back when Calton was the only real choice if you were flying with an instrument.

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    I use an Eastman soft case for my SOL Venetian. I’ve taken it on a few trains and buses, but wouldn’t trust it on a plane, due to other folks using the same storage compartment. Unfortunately, due to it being a 2-pointer, have not yet found an appropriate hard case. Right now, the Eastman works fine. It’s a lovely mandolin and a credit to whoever made it!

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    Due to the generosity of another list member, now have a very nice Reunion Blues Continental mandolin bag. Just very slightly oversized in the body. The neck brace is perfect for the short neck. Better fit for this one IMO than the tenor uke bag. Better storage compartment, too.

    I also have the Eastman bag, and this is better, IMO. Still not overhead of a plane safe, but I don't plan to fly with this one.

    FWIW, another friend has a Access Stage one and he feels that's about equal to the Reunion Blues. Haven't tried my mandolin in one, but he carries a Hester F4 in his.

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