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Pacato ShortCut Case for Violin (Paganino, Germany)


Pacato ShortCut Case for Violin (Paganino, Germany)

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Product Description

This innovative violin case is very similar to the popular BAM cabin case, yet costs about $200 less.

The PACATO ShortCut Violin Case is a slim case for the 4/4 violin, which is deliberately reduced to the length of the instrument. In other words, there is no room for a bow or bows, necessitating the use of a bow case (aka bow tube). This makes it ideal for traveling.

OD: 65 x 25.5 x 14 cm (25.6” x 10” x 5.5”)

This case is about as small in size as possible for a full-size violin. It is definitely suitable as carry-on baggage any flight on a larger (> 50 seats) plane departing from a U.S. airport, but so are full-size violin cases (The FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act of 2012, Section 713).

See the International Air Travel section at the end of this product listing.


  • Elegant shape and particularly light weight
  • Weight only 1.5 kg
  • Suspension system of the instrument
  • Inside black velour
  • Very strong thermo-polymer shell in bright colors
  • Extremely light and stable
  • Instrument blanket
  • 2 shoulder straps
  • No bow holder / additional bow case included
  • For 4/4 size

Case Dimensions

  • Outside dimensions: 65 x 25.5 x 14 cm
  • Total length inside: 61 cm
  • Body length: 36.5 cm
  • Upper bout: 19.5 cm
  • Lower bout: 21.5 cm
  • Height (including bridge): 12 cm

International Air Travel

There is no way around the fact that even this extremely compact case is technically too long by 3.6 inches (9 cm) to meet MANY published international airline restrictions, including the extremely unreasonable restrictions of most European airlines, especially regional carriers in the U.K. and Ireland (Virgin Atlantic and Aer Lingus are two of the worst). A noteworthy exception is British Airways). Our research indicates that a case this size will probably make it aboard a European flight as a carry-on item, but, it is a crap shoot!

Also, if you are flying on a smallish plane (<50 seats), you may have to have your instrument stowed in the cargo bay. If you are flying on a very small plane (<20 seats), it is pretty much guaranteed that you will have to check in EVERYTHING besides a laptop, tablet, phone, etc., which are NEVER allowed as checked baggage—anywhere, even in the U.S. which very liberal with respect to flying with musical instruments, because it is mandated by U.S. law! (The FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act of 2012, Section 713). 

If you would have to check-in your instrument for the cargo hold, we consider the use of a wheeled ATA Flight case to be essential. An ATA flight case, sometimes called an "Anvil case" or "road case", is fairly indestructible. Such cases for a violin-sized instrument weigh about 20-25 lbs., on average. That is about the same as a loaded old-fashioned suit case.

Remember, this case, designed for small size and light weight, could prove to be no match for the dreaded cargo hold. Even if the instrument is not damaged, you can pretty much count on the sound post falling out of place. I can tell you this due to extensive first-hand experience.

We will be offering very nice made-to-fit flight cases very soon. Contact us is you want one of these now. Our custom flight cases start at about $600.

You may want to consider a bona fide travel violin.

The potential problems with international air travel outside of the U.S. are the primary reasons that many players buy travel violins, particularly our newest International and International Explorer travel violins. These new travel violins are short enough to fit into a case that is only 22 inches long. They are also more durable than regular violins and fiddles.




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