So what makes a “good” instrument case? It has to be sturdy and reliable. It needs to have a hard shell that will hold up to bumps and shocks.
There are some incredible indestructible cases out there, but the nonprofessional musician sometimes has to look for a compromise solution—a case that can hold up without breaking the bank. One outstanding option is Gator.
We have always been satisfied with Gator cases because they don’t cost an arm and a leg, but they are still plenty rugged. They latch tightly, they don’t come apart at the seams, and they seem to be impervious to everyday wear and tear.
Please note that Gator makes lighter foam bags and cases, but we strongly recommend purchasing a hard-shell case for most instruments. The extra protection is well worth the extra money.
Hard-shell cases are available for:
Gator also makes cases for keyboards, electric guitars, brass instruments, etc.
Be aware that not every case is one-size-fits-all. Shop around, check the dimensions, and make sure that you are getting the right case for your style of instrument.