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    Streborcaj is off to Japan, and may be able to do something about bowlback cases. The initial impression is one of high cost, but we can always hope. There are photos posted. I'll be back with the link.

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    Hmmmm... I wonder why these are so much more than the flat cases. The latter go for a little over $100.

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    Hi Bob,

    I would be in for two nice bowlback cases if the price is right.

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    I don`t like them too much. These metallic colors... And the price is high. The case has probably some electronics inside (it`s Japanese, how else?) - remote opening, DVD installed, or something...

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    I'm off to look at the cases today, as well as some upper-end Japanese made bowl backs, assuming I can find the shop.

    The prices are high because it is Japan. I have seen the same cases vary in price by about 15% at diffent shops.

    Here is a link to a website that carries many bowlback cases. (You may have to adjust your browser settings to see the Japanese text.)

    http://www.ikegaku.co.jp/accessories5.htm



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    Jack:
    It looks like the fiberglass ones are about $172 according to XE site's conversion.

    I can;t figure out the others -- many of them look exaclty the same with different prices. If you can translate, that would be great.

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    This shop has lower prices than a few of the others I checked. Unfortunately it was closed yesterday for the national holiday. What I was hoping to do is talk to the owner and see if he wants to export a few. If he is interested, I'll let you know his prices, options, etc.

    Anyway, if I can get there on Saturday, I will. Otherwise it will have to wait 'till next time. They have some nice looking but expensive mandolins on the website. I wanted to try them out.

    Here is the translation from top down:

    Mandolin superlight cases JYE 18,480
    Colors: black, blue, brown, burgandy

    Mandola superlight cases JYE 25,200
    Colors: blue, black

    Mandolin superlight case, leather JYE 21,000
    Colors: black only

    Mandolin "Miracle" case JYE 21,160
    Colors: black, navy, wine red, grey

    Mandola "Miracle" case JYE 25,200
    Colors: black, navy, wine red

    Mandolin "block" case JYE 16,800
    Colors: black, navy, wine red, grey

    Mandola "block" case JYE 20,160
    Colors: black, navy, wine red, grey

    Mandolin duo (external padding) case, JYE 20,160
    Colors: black, silver

    Mandola duo (external padding)case, JYE 23,520
    Colors: black, silver

    Mandoin touring case JYE 23,520
    Colors: black, silver
    (even more padding than the duo case)

    Mandola touring case JYE 26,880

    Professional case (grey only)
    Mandolin JYE 26,880
    Mandola JYE 30,240
    Mandocello JYE 33,600

    Aranjuez mandolin hard cases:JYE 20,160
    Colors: black, white, grey, yellow, navy, wine red, silver

    (below this are all guitar cases)



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    They seem to have four categories of mandolin listed here:

    Ochiai I have heard are pretty nice upscale mandolins. The Fujimaru look pretty nice but I have never heard of them. The Calaces are imported, I assume. And they have four vintage Italian instruments but no prices.

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    It would be good to know what level of protection over a typicazl Korean hard case these might provide, as well as how adaptable they are to differently-sized instruments.

    Still, they seem rather dear. I hope Plami is right: it'd be nice to watch a dvd on the case while traveling.

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    Hello all,

    I like the material of which these cases are made a lot; but how well does it īstandī when itīs put on the table (on the floor) and you take out your instrument. Often the case just īfallsī in an other position WHILE the weight (your mandolin!) is taken out.
    This move causes the lid to fall in itīs closing position and -if you are not quick enough to stop it with your left (or free hand) can cause terrible damage on your mandolinīs soundtable. #

    I have seen many mandolins and guitars with damage caused through this unexpected move of the case.

    A solid and firm standing case is best.



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    PS. If one wants to carry the case on the back, perhaps it īlaysī better in this way.



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    If I needed one, Iīd probably go for somthing like in the attachment here.
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    similar to what the old guys used...


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    Carlo Aonzo got one of those lightweight rigid foam cases from Japan, However he said that it cost him close to $400 for one. I think for that price I would go for a Kingham and have it made exactly to my specs.

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    These look much better! The listed price is equal to $170.

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    Ikegaku Mandolins warned me that not all bowl backs fit in all cases. Those with scrolls need consideration when choosing a case. He did say that the hardshell cases (as shown in Alex's posting above) fit most mandolins, even those with scrolls.

    I think I would be careful about buying a case without fitting the mandolin in it first.
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    FLASH!! This just in...

    Quote Originally Posted by
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    be careful what you wish for because it might come true. I have 20 bowlback cases being loaded into a container in the next couple of days bound for our distribution warehouse in Pomona, California. I doubt that we will have them in time for christmas but it won't be too long after. I am also informed that the Eastman bowlback mandolin is in production and we will have a couple of samples in time for the NAMM Show in January. So there....!

    And you thought I was ignoring you.........

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    Zowie!
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    "Eastman bowlback mandolin" sounds intriguing.

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    I must say that those bowlback mandolin cases from Japan are very beautiful. #I noticed the person is carrying the mandolin case by a strap. #Very interesting. #That is the first time that I saw.

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