What's WRONG with
Case Covers?
© Frank Ford, 9/30/98; Photos by FF, 9/30/98


Except that not enough people have 'em.

People who travel with their instruments would do well to consider case covers. They extend the life of a case many times over, and also serve as a positive reminder to latch the case before you pick it up. Lots of us have inadvertently picked up a case without latching it. The lucky ones actually catch the instrument before it hits the deck!

Here's a cover I had made for my mandolin case:

The exterior of the case was rather worn and scuffed when I bought it in 1971:

Now, all these years later, the case is still in the same condition. It surely would have worn out by now if I hadn't covered it.

This is an original 1931 Gibson F-5 mandolin in its original case with its original case cover:

The cover is virtually worn away and is falling apart.

But it did its job:

The case inside is is absolutely mint condition, without a single scratch, scuff or trace of tarnish on the latches!

Just for fun, here's a photo of the mandolin, also in perfect condition:

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