Any hints on the timeline for these Brian?That's correct! Walt and I will make an announcement about this once we finalize all the logistics. Going for top quality! On the 'which version is good' question about the older cases, there are several factors at play. As I understand it, as Nick says also, one factory that made them sold defective cases separately itself(!) and that led to some problems with perceived quality. I have owned some very good ones of that latest vintage of cases though, so I think the major issue was the B stock cases getting to market when they should have been scrapped. Not every San Diego case is at all bad. Many are excellent. A second factor is that, a lot of these cases have been used a ton - long past when other brands of cases would have been thrown away and useless. So you have to consider that when looking at quality of cases that are 10-20 years old today. I do think the Corona ones were and are excellent though. Many folks are still using them decades later! That said, the new ones are going to have the same great latches, the same heavy duty D rings and metal feet, the same durable piano hinge, and the same (or better, actually) nesting double handles as the best original WJ cases.
Looking forward to these!That's correct! Walt and I will make an announcement about this once we finalize all the logistics. Going for top quality!
I wondered, is the Walt Johnson really that heavy?Which of the two designs is he selling you?
I've had my primary Mark VI tenor in a Corona for 20 years. It's still as good as new. IMO the best case ever made with a single big caveat, it's also the heaviest, but I deal with that.
And I've had all major brand cases on other saxes over the years, BAM Softpack, Cabine, Selmer Flight, Hiscox, SKB, Manning, etc.
The WJ hugs the sax just perfectly, allows for no movement. Its internal compartments are just perfect for the basic stuff I need: a dedicated slot for the neck, another for accessories where I store cork grease, mouthpiece swab, sax swab, mouthpiece, reeds, neck strap and even an egg shaker . And if more space is needed there is always the pouch to store the neck in the bell, something I chose not to do.
I hear the San Diego model dropped in quality but I have no experience with it.