Bow cases: a big racket, and an unexpected solution

Most cello-related equipment is expensive. There’s a good reason for this: good craftsmanship costs money, and playing the cello is enough of a minority activity that people making our equipment aren’t ever going to make a fortune doing so.

Even so, I resent spending megabucks on something that doesn’t do much. The case in point? Bow cases. Even not-very-good ones, with the flimsy latches and the ill-fitting interiors, cost around $50, a sum that is not inconsiderable for many freelance musicians. The fancy bow cases can go for $200 or more.

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