In order to get the highest protection against shocks, the interior of Bam cases are made of high resilience foam cushions, supporting the instrument on its strongest parts. These are designed either as a cradle for the instrument, or as a set up that keeps the instrument in total suspension.
To keep a high quality standard, Bam makes their own polyurethane foam. Therefore, the entire inserts and cushions are injected in special molds. The foam of these inserts and cushions stand out from other types of foam, offering:
- a longer life time
- an excellent resilience (the foam gets back to its original shape and strength)
- a protective "skin" effect for the instrument
- an excellent protection against weather changes, reinforced by a water resistant fabric
Violin case inside features
- Inside cradle made of injected high density polyurethane foam, protecting the instrument against thermal shocks
- Accessory compartment
- String tube
- Accessories pocket with ear plugs/power bank aperture: 23x15x4cm
- Subway Handle
- Side Handle
- Integrated ergonomic cushion
- Orange Zipppers
- 2 Front Pockets 39x27x3cm each
- Side accessories pocket: 19x10x4cm
- 2 back pack straps
- Side net pouch
- Front Elastic for easy storage
- Bow Tube
- Bam Water Bottle
66 x 31 x 26cm (86cm with bow tube)
A huge, heavy, cumbersome case
I purchased this case thinking that, because is was meant for carrying long distance (i.e. a backpack style case), and that it was shorter than most cases (since you can't fit a bow in it), that it would be light and easy way to carry my fiddle when I was walking or biking with it. However, this is BY FAR, the heaviest case I've ever owned or have even seen. It's thick, it's wide and it's not comfortable for transporting a fiddle long distance. I really can't imagine who this case might be intended for. If you're dead-set on getting one of these BAM backpacking cases, I would recommend that you just get the one that's long enough to hold a bow inside it. Both cases are already so huge, you might as well just go all in. With regards to quality, the case seems fine. My experience with Fiddleshop was wonderful. Very quick to answer questions, ship the product and process my return.
Heavy duty case
First things first: this case is heavy! Much heavier than any of my other cases. That being said, I feel that I could drop the case from a high altitude, with my violin inside, and the violin will survive just fine. The case is so sturdy. The bow tube has two microfiber bow sleeves included, which was a nice surprise. Last, the case I received has only one large front pocket, as opposed to two back-to-back as shown in the picture. I actually prefer the single large pocket, but wanted to point this out if this is important for you. In summary, if you buy this case for protection during travel by plane or train - go for it. If you need it for commute via urban transportation, you may want to get a lighter one.
Case is too heavy
So, the case is fine, but not for its intended purpose. I purchased the case specifically for bicycle commuting and air travel. My main issue is the weight. This case is really heavy. In fact, the empty BAM case is heavier than my oblong case when fully packed with books. As far as protection, I am sure the Peak Performance is solid. The padding is really thick and my violin fits snuggly with no movement whatsoever. The inside pocket is a good size and allows me to bring all my essentials, like my shoulder rest (xl foam), rosin, mute, cleaning rag, etc. The larger outside pocket is a perfect size and is deceptively large. I can comfortably fit all my sheet music, music books, laptop, and a tablet. However, unlike the picture, there is only one large pocket with one zipper, not two. This is not a big deal performance wise. I think the one larger pocket is preferable. There is a smaller pocket above and one on the side for holding knickknacks and there is a mesh pocket for holding a water bottle. It is nice to have all my essentials compactly contained. There is also a bungie strap on the outside of the large pocket which will hold a light jacket. The bow tube is a pretty basic pvc pipe with a screw on cap. It works fine, but is pretty cheap looking considering the price of the case. What I do really like is the bottom of the tube has a safety latch which prevents it from popping out during transit. I also like that I could probably fit one bow and a travel 4 weight fly rod should I want to go to the river. Another issue is it is so top heavy, even when empty, you can't open the case without it falling backward. Unless you have a wall to lean it against it tips over. Again, not a huge deal, but it is annoying. The bag is, overall, really well made. The stitching is solid and everything is well put together. I'm a little surprised it didn't come with a blanket of some sort. The included water bottle is cool, but didn't last long because my niece immediately stole it and is happily using it at school. Basically, this is a well made case, but I will probably rarely use it for it's intended purpose. If you are buying this case purely for the aesthetics and not for commuting, I say "Go for it." However, I regret making this purchase. In the end I feel like I paid $80 for the case and $270 for the BAM patch.
BAM compact Violin case
Amazing place! Thank you Fiddlershop for amazing customer service! I needed a compact violin case and they were able to get this to me when I needed it! They went above and beyond! The case is great and works really well! Thanks again!
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