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    I purchased an olden Martin tenor with a size 5 (small!) body this spring and have been trying to find a case for it ever since. New "parlor guitar" cases are too big, bari uke cases are too small, etc. Posts looking for tenor cases are not uncommon, so perhaps somebody may appreciate my solution:

    I just found a Gator hard foam case made for Taylor GS mini guitars, which was on sale at Reverb for less than $40 shipped. It's still a little too big, but it's pretty close and a bit of padding should make for decent fit

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    You could look for a 3/4 size guitar case.
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    The 2 Martin Mini cases on this page will fit - they're made for the size 5 body. Not cheap, but.... Ko'olau (Pono) makes (made?) a case for its size 5 tenor guitars & octave mandos - that's what I got for my 5-17T, and it also fits like a glove.

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    Here are the dimensions of a Baby Taylor HSC in the classifieds guitar accessories. Yes, it's my ad .

    Approximate interior measurements in inches:
    Total length: 34.5
    Body cavity: 16
    Upper bout: 9.25
    Lower bout: 12.375
    Waist: 8.75
    Depth: 2.5 plus 1 in the lid
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    Default Re: Case for Martin tenor

    Just a plug (NFI) for Elderly's phone service:

    When looking for a case for my Martin tiple (10-string, baritone uke-size body, 12-string size headstock), the phone guy at Elderly pulled one of their two from stock and tried a bunch of cases. Didn't pan out, but the 15-minute phone call was both impressive and memorable.
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    To follow up on responses above, I previously reached out to Pono about a case but did not hear back from them. I looked at several cases for smaller guitars and felt they they were all too big, although they could have been made to work with a lot of padding. The baby taylor case seems to have insufficient depth (the Martin tenor guitar depth is 3-3/4" without the bridge; case depth is 3.5".) The Martin cases were too costly ($475 at Elderly). Although I would have preferred a bona fide hardshell rather than the hard foam case, this one had the best fit and the price was right.

    A hard case for the GS mini would have worked, but Sweetwater says the GS mini is sold with a "hardbag", which seems to be what I got.
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