I noticed that many online stores have STOPPED stocking on WJ cases. There's even one saying that this is due to the recent "quality" of the cases.
I'm baffled. What is going on?
I'm baffled. What is going on?
That is when I started looking into the Winter and Eastman fiberglass alternatives. I'm still struggling to get someone who can ship one to Australia economically.Hi Daniel,
Thanks for your e-mail.
Walt Johnson cases enjoyed a really good reputation for its production up to about 2004. Then they completely dropped their quality standard. Cases may have one or as many as all of the following problems...
- fit too tight
- case shells do not meet evenly
- shell surface is very uneven
- hardware not installed correctly,
- clasps do not latch closed properly or will not open once latched
In mid 2006 they restarted production in Mexico after being shut down for over a year and the quality dropped even further. Then we gave up.
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Not if you're getting a WJ for it's protective qualities, or...?SaxMonkey32 said:One can over look the flaws for that price. Check it out!
You might want to do a search on the Eastman cases. I believe initially there was some interest but then the concensus was that they really weren't that good or protective. I'm not sure, maybe I'm confusing them with another case, but if you can find the original thread it might not be a bad idea before going to the trouble and expense you anticipate.danerida said:That is when I started looking into the Winter and Eastman fiberglass alternatives. I'm still struggling to get someone who can ship one to Australia economically.
Yours was scratched. The statement you made was a general recommendation regarding the WJ's for sale and that was what I responded to.SaxMonkey32 said:Explain to me what I'm losing in "protective qualities" by buying a case thats SCRATCHED??
OK, man. This is an odd place, I guess I have to be more specificgary said:Yours was scratched. The statement you made was a general recommendation regarding the WJ's for sale and that was what I responded to.
They are not the same. Jakob Winter cases are made in germany, they are stocked at Weiner's if you want one. I want one, but I was quoted $275 and $300+ for two different methods of shipping. This makes for a very expensive case, and consequently out of my budget. All due to the size of the box the case is shipped in.Does that mean that Eastman cases ARE THE SAME as Winter cases?
For a C-note, I got one for my Mk VI alto. I was hoping that it would fit, because apparently the WJ cases have different interiors for different horns. It fit the VI like glove, but did not fit some of my other altos. So I lucked out. The case is pretty much perfect as far as I can tell. The hardware works very well, the case closes perfectly... All I could find were a few surface scratches on the exterior.SaxMonkey32 said:OK, man. This is an odd place, I guess I have to be more specific
The general recommendation I made WAS about the WJ from the seller on eBay, NOT about Matthew Aaron's WJ problems indicated in his post.
I think that, unless I got lucky, the guy on eBay is offering quite a deal. I have no idea where he gets them from, but I got now problem saving $200 because of a couple scratches, but maybe you don't, thats cool.