Over the past decade, D. Rickert Musical Instruments has made many models of travel / backpacker violins and fiddles. Many of our designs have endured the test of time. The most popular travel fiddle we have ever sold is the Mountaineer, now in its fourth revision and called the Mountaineer IV. The second best seller has been the Neil Gow 22XL.
Developing cases that strike a good balance between size and instrument protection has always been a challenge. Among our first cases for such instruments were made from converting fly fishing rod tube cases. We moved on to other options, as we could not fit the instruments into the cases once they were lined with sufficient shock-absorbing padding. As we continuously improved our instruments based on customer feedback, we made design changes in the instruments, including less neck angle, a lower bridge and smaller (but still effective) chin rests. We were also able to make the shoulder rest adapter mechanism smaller. All of these small design changes have brought us back to custom fly rod cases. We can now fit our skinnier travel fiddles (i.e. the Mountaineer III and Neil Gow 22XL) into one of these new cases.
The Globetrotter Travel and Backpacker Violin 5” Case is the right size for our Deep Body Travel Violin – Viola, either in 4 or 5-string configuration. Special versions of this instrument, such as the 10-string Pochette D’Amore we recent built require a longer case.
- PVC tube covered with Cordura nylon, available in a plethora of colors (see color options)
- Lined with 3/8” thick dense foam padding and then lined with acrylic felt
- Tube padded at each end with ¾” dense foam
- End cap secured with a water and dust resistance heavy-duty zipper
- The case is highly water resistant but not waterproof (i.e. rain resistant but not made to be submersed)
- Padded shoulder strap
- Leather palm pad (for carrying in the hand)
Large Color Selection
See the color swatches below. I am sure that you know that what you see on a computer screen only approximates the actual fabric color. Select one of these colors on the right of the screen.
Standard Recommended Lengths for a Mountaineer III or IV, or a Neil Gow XL by D. Rickert Musical Instruments
Large enough to accommodate the instrument, a ½ size bow or a take-apart bow and a Phantom detachable shoulder rest. Not large enough to accommodate a regular shoulder rest, such as a Kun or Everest collapsible.
Large enough to accommodate the instrument, up to a ¾ size bow and a Phantom detachable shoulder rest or a regular shoulder rest, such as a Kun or Everest collapsible.
The necessary length to accommodate a full-size (29.5”) bow. This size has plenty of room for your other accouterments.
Custom Length (add $6)
Any length from 25” to 36”, in increments of 1”