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


Except that they can warp catastrophically in the heat:

This case was strong and rigid, but it sat in a hot car baking in the sun.

Now the lid won't shut without a fair bit of effort:

The shell is cracked:

and cracked:

The hardware is pulling loose:

There's no way to fix this kind of molded case when it deteriorates this way.

In all fairness, I should mention that most molded cases don't age this poorly unless they are overheated severely. We all try not to get our instruments this hot, don't we?

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