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I'm probably going to be over in EU this holiday season, and thinking about trying to contact Hiscox in earnest about sales in the US. Just curious about what folks would be willing to pay for one of these if I manage to tease a shipment out of them.
 

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Absolutely... I've been wanting one of these for a while, but I've never been able to track them down. The cases I have are OK (Gator, Protec, and even WJ), but from what I've read, the Hiscox is the best of all worlds...
 

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Reading my mind. Excellent initiative in getting these great cases back on the market in the US. Sadly, my impression from dealers (PM Woodwinds, Junkdude) is that the company thinks the market for saxes is too small, and compared to guitars, it probably is.
 

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What a coincidence! I was talking to a tenor playing buddy of mine yesterday who imported a Hiscox case for his 10M and LOVES it. It was not cheap, however, as the shipping alone cost him $100.00.

We were wondering why nobody was bringing these into the US anymore. Would it make sense to discuss this with Paul at PM and Dave at Junkdude to see why they stopped importing these cases?

I would definitely buy one of these cases if there were a domestic source, I'm just not interested in paying for the case AND $100.00 for shipping.
 

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It was not cheap, however, as the shipping alone cost him $100.00.
I wonder from whom he bought it. $100.00 seems steep. If they're "the most protective" case on the market then they don't need excessive packing. Plus they're very light so I don't understand the shipping cost.
 

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Bob M said:
We were wondering why nobody was bringing these into the US anymore. Would it make sense to discuss this with Paul at PM and Dave at Junkdude to see why they stopped importing these cases?
The problem isn't at the receiving end. The simply can't get them from Hiscox. Probably more productive to contact Hiscox directly.

I have been quoted the $100 also.
 

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I have no idea why it was so expensive either. My buddy, who lives in Massachusetts, had used ProTecs until the shoulder strap broke and his 10M, which was in the (closed) case hit the pavement, slightly bending the upper part of the body tube. After this experience, my buddy hunted down a UK dealer who was willing to ship a Hiscox to the US, but for a price.
 

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I tried to hook them up with Rayburns Music but nothing has materialized. If they want to hit up both ends (guitar and sax) then they should shoot for someone like finecases.com or wwbw.com
 

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UK postage costs are based on size and weight classes, so even if the parcel is light, you'll get hit for the size of the item.

Annoyingly (for you) Hiscox cases are realtively cheap over here (less than £100 GBP for the PRO II guitar and sax models).

Maybe if enough of you got together with a large enough order Hiscox would deal direct with you and ship them to the U.S, instead of using a dealer Stateside.
If you need to contact Hiscox, Pete Goalby is the guy you want at this address: [email protected]

I'm nothing to do with the company by the way - I'm just a fan of their products (as are my instruments):

 

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To paraphrase US Vice - President Thomas Riley Marshal:

"What this country (U.S.) needs is a good, $200 Hiscox in every music room/closet". :D

Seriously Hiscox, get your American distributorship in order. I suspect we are one of, if not THE largest world markets for saxophones and related items.
 

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So are these cases good enought that you can put them with the checked luggage on the plane ?
 

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My understanding is that Hiscox cannot find a distributor willing to buy enough of the cases to warrant a distributorship that would be able to offset the shipping expenses.

It's really a shame too as the buzz around here would cause a run on anyone who could sell them over the net. It's just sad to think that a case that costs 200 (US) would cost an additional 100 just to ship. But such is the way with the world. I'm sure that once the cases hit a good store like wwbw or something like that that it could start a good run. I know Junkdud had them for awhile but I had never even heard of them until after Hiscox pulled the distribution from them.

Yes, they are suppose to be safe for checking on a plane.
 

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Love the cases and have them for my alto and tenor.

If anyone is speaking to Hiscox, please ask them to do a bari case. I've had to buy a BAM bari case and it's great, but at £340 ($680) so it should be.

Although Hiscox are the best shaped cases I've seen, I don't think I would trust my horns in them to be checked baggage on a plane. Great for cars, aircraft hand luggage etc but nothing but flight cases would be good enough for the way hold baggage gets treated sometimes.

Rhys

PS I'd like it if Hiscox did some decent colours for their sax cases, but I suppose the market is too small.
 

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Ok. So you want OUR sax cases now do ya??? :twisted: ;)
 

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Anybody use a Calton case? I have them for some of my acoustic guitars - and they have been checked as luggage on international flights. They come in various colors (with choice of interior colors) too!
 

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A number of the car forums that I frequent do "group buys" for things for the exact same reason as this (perhaps that's what Shmuyoself is suggesting?). A reputable vendor basically contacts a manufacturer, and sets up a deal that if 20 (or some number) of people agree to buy a case at a specific price, they can make it happen. They post as much on the website, people chime in and send their money to the vendor as a commitment. If the minimum number isn't reached, it doesn't happen and the "group buyers" are refunded their money. I've never seen that on this site, though....

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From what I understand Hiscox wants VERY larger orders. The money isnt nearly as big as the storage issue for the quantity they require.

Otherwise, I love them...my case is great!
 

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I got a tenor case for AU$187 delivered, not sure if they would freight to the US but worth asking - www.allansmusic.com.au
 
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