They'll sell you a choice of mouthpieces and reeds as accessories too.Thanks guys! I didn't realize Aquilasax sold cases separately as accessories. I see I have many options.
That's odd, I recall having the exact same problem with mine. I figured it got slashed when someone opened a box, but now I wonder if it wasn't made that way (deliberately or otherwise).I have one of those... A full overhaul and cleaning (dunk tank) took care of the horn. Original case is best kept closed, but I did keep it.
I've attached some pics of the Buescher C-Mel in the Acquilasax case. You'll note a couple things.
1. The handle appears to have either a manufacturing defect or had been cut with a box cutter before I got it. I chose not to send it back, as I more interested in smell-free function of the case rather than appearance. That said, it does seem like something to look out for.
The problem I had when trying to put a Buescher True Tone in the Aquilasax case is that it couldn't accommodate the bow guard. It wouldn't have been a huge problem to fix, and I would imagine you already have (it would just require crushing some foam without cutting cloth) and just didn't consider it to be of any consequence.2. The Buescher neck is shaped like a normal tenor and doesn't fit the case right. Your Conn won't have the problem. That said as well, the Protec case fits my Bb tenor neck the same way, so while it looks funky, it's still protected.
Other than these things, it seems built well enough, was cheap enough, and will protect the horn well enough for my needs.