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Just bought a CAC from ebay, and the seller wasn't able to send it with the case (exceeded USPS length limits) to Australia - so he sent it without the case.

What are my options for getting a case for it - anyone found any clever alternative cases that can be used or cheap(ish) custom cases?

Also, for those who have an idea on instrument values, what percent of the instrument's value do you think a regular case would be (for a Selmer Bundy CAC?)

Cheers,

Dave
 

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Yikes. You might end up having to have one made by a company like Anvil or Calzone. Maybe see if anyone has a hard-shell golf club case (for flying) that you can rip the guts out of and replace them with foam? I have a contra like yours. Never tried undoing the middle tenon, but if I were without a case I might, since that might let you adapt a bassoon gigbag to fit it.

Another cheap alternative might be a gun or guitar case (the kind you'd fly with). Good luck!
 

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I also have the same contra alto. I had the same problem since I also got it without a case. I used to play it quite often and transport it in one piece in a ski bag with some kind of soft material inside to protect the clarinet. Not a great and safe solution, but it worked. I kept my eyes open for a case and after a few years I spotted someone selling a couple of aftermarket cases made for the Selmer Bundy contra alto clarinet on eBay. I got myself a new case for about $150 + shipping. After I got the case I haven't used the clarinet much, but at least it's stored safely and ready to go when I need it. I don't remember who sold me the case, but keep an eye open, a new case might pop up again.
 

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I gutted a tenor saxophone hard case, and used some slabs of dense foam to accommodate my contra-alto in two 'layers', with the two halves of the body disassembled. I keep a small Allen (hex) wrench in the case to loosen/tighten the clamp between the body joints. Adds maybe 15 seconds to the assembly/disassembly process but allows you to carry the instrument around in a conveniently-sized case.
 

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Altieri can make a gig bag for them. Grant Green over on the CB mailing list has one that holds 2 that was made by them.


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CAC has arrived, will need some adjustments & pads and a couple of the keys got a bit bent (no surprise since it wasn't in a case.)

Thanks for the case ideas, so far I think I like the gutted tenor case idea the best (gig bags just don't seem to me to be very safe for the instrument - conceptually at least (I have never owned one.))

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I gutted a tenor saxophone hard case, and used some slabs of dense foam to accommodate my contra-alto in two 'layers', with the two halves of the body disassembled. I keep a small Allen (hex) wrench in the case to loosen/tighten the clamp between the body joints. Adds maybe 15 seconds to the assembly/disassembly process but allows you to carry the instrument around in a conveniently-sized case.
David,

I also had the idea to screw/unscrew the clamp bewteen the upper and lower body, and so then be able to use a smaller case. But I am afraid to "damage", in a long term, the clamp and at the end get a bad clamping between the two parts.( I hope you understand me?). What is your experience about that ? Since how many time do you loose and tighten your clamp ? Did you never find a kind of fast clamping system (similar to the one to adjust the height of you bike seat ?)
thanks for your answer.

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Check out Pelican cases. Their foam inserts are great. You can cut them to the shape you need. These cases can be found used and there are also companies that make copies of this case for half the price.

I couldn't find a length online for a contra-alto, so I just threw this particular model out there. This option is really only cheaper if your only alternative is to have a case custom made. Just my $.02...

http://pelican.com/ http://www.opticsplanet.net/pelican-1770-long-watertight-case.html
 

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Sébastien,

I would not worry about the clamp. It will survive many loosenings and tightenings, as long as you don't overtighten it.
 

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ok, thanks for the answer, Dave.
I will try, but actually I would prefer a fast clamping system, also because the screws have an non nominal hexagonal head size for common european tools !

Maybe by changing the screws with "butterfly wings" head screws...

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Measure the bolt head and get an imperial (i.e. non-metric) bit for it - its other end will fit the standard 1/4" bit ratchet or screwdriver handle. (nothing's ever so manly as a musician assembling his gear with heavy-duty tools).
(FWIW, no stranger to improvisation, I have a wing screw on my Amati tenor neck...)
 

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Eldavo, Dave,

I achieved to adapt a fast manual clamping sytem on the CAC clamp. Definitely not a very aesthetic mechanism but it works (you need only a 1 mm stroke to tighten and loosen the clamp).
I will try to post a photo to show you.

So, as Dave explained, I bought a used tenor sax hard case (perfectly fits in length, 78 cm long), and, using 30 mm thick foam layers, I will adapt something functional to protect the clarinet inside. Will try to send a photo also when it is finished.

Regards.
Sébastien
 

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here are the photos of my home made clamping system (the axle comes from a bike seat).
I screwed 2 small plates directly on the original circular clamp, by creating 4 "european" threads in the 4 parts previously designed to hold and tighten the 2 hex screws.
Now I can concentrate on the fitting of my tenor sax case!

Regards.
Sébastien

PS: hope the links will work.



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As told, here is the link to see my CAC home made case.
Adapted from a tenor sax hard case, the more difficult thing was to remove the old internal "foamed" parts dedicated to the sax...
I also had to reinforce one hinge.

An other problem was: with my bundy CAC case, I could easily hold and take my scores inside. With a smaller case, it is more complicated to integrate safely the scores inside, over the instrument. At the end, I achieved to create a special closed "box" in the cover to hold in a safe way all my parts! See the pics.

Regards.
Sébastien

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