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This Product Helps Violinists Avoid a Case of the Blues

Magazine article Strings

This Product Helps Violinists Avoid a Case of the Blues

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Reunion Blues Continental violin case owes a lot to high-end laptop bags

Long known for its durable - and desirable - bass bags and guitar cases, Northern California instrument case maker Reunion Blues recently expanded its Continental series to include a violin case. With an exterior design aesthetic that owes a lot to high-end laptop bags, the Reunion Blues RBCV44 Continental violin case suspends a full-size violin in an extensively padded foam interior. Additionally, the case includes a removable hygrometer and several storage and carrying options.

The Continental looks hip and rugged, with contours that are something between oblong- and crescent-shaped and include some of the storage of the former and the compactness of the latter. The dark gray Cordura case's blue and black accents and smoked chrome hardware give it a sophisticated, city-wise look, For protection against the elements, the Continental's exterior is reinforced with a polymer used for waterproofing and UV protection, and a tough, rubber-like anti-skid pad on the bottom. A plastic shielding layer sandwiched between the interior cushioning and the nylon exterior offers further impact protection.

The large exterior pocket is outfitted with various compartments for things you'll doubtless need to tote along, like pens arrd ceil phones.

Unzipping the case, which opens to 180 degrees to lay flat on the floor, reveals an interior lined with luxurious blue velvet. A protective blanket stays in place with a clever, self-aligning magnet. Velcro holds the bows securely in place and fastens the violin's neck to the suspension cushions. A compact zippered pocket is helpful for holding rosin and other small accessories. There's a removable hygrometer, but you'll have to use your own humidifier since there's no hydration system.

The Continental has numerous carrying options, too, including padded backpack straps that can be stashed in a zippered pocket, a removable shoulder strap, and a "subway handle" for securing your instrument vertically in cozy confines. Carrying comfort is important once you're on the move and the two padded handles are comfy, which helps give the case a light feeling. The backpack straps are similarly plush, though challenging to adjust while the pack is on your back. Being able to remove the straps entirely would be a nice addition and would make it possible to have a smaller, lighter case, given the case's neariy ten-pound weight.

Only time- and extensive use- will tell if this case is as rugged as Reunion Blues' other cases, but if it is, the Continental could be a longterm guardian for your violin. The Reunion Blues Continental violin case is a rugged, luxurious case, with plentiful features, many carrying options, and a competitive price that makes it a case to consider.


* Fits full-size violins

* Multilayer neck and body suspension

* Two slip-lock bow holders

* Removable hygrometer

* Abundant storage

* $299 (MSRP), $250 (street) reunionblues. …

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