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Some of these cases can be reproduced today, but others were made with material which for one reason or another is no longer available.

      
Maxine Kwok-Adams Case no. 3, 2014.

One of the most singular cases we ever made, this Luxury Classic was created for the noted L.S.O. violinist with a lining depicting... shoes, by none other than the famed footwear designer Manolo Blahnik himself.

    

   

Exercise of Style no. 75, 2014.

Mojave beige SuperSilk velvet and dark blue satin coordinate to provide an interesting chromatic re-interpretation of the best-selling Luxury Ultralight case.

    

    

Violins of Hope Case, 2014

Upon request of luthier Amnon Weinsten, creator and driving force behind the Violins of Hope project, three double cases were made (one in grey, one in blue, and one in green) to be presented during a televised ceremony in Rome of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27 2014. Each case contains elements symbolyzing those who lost their lives at Auschwitz.   

  

   

 
Exercise of Style no. 66, 2013.

In late 2013, first experimentation was done creating the lightweight, compact dart-shaped Luxury model cases using the colorful and precious silks and satins of the Momentum Z collection. Weighing only 2,3 kg. (5 lbs) there are no similar cases being produced today which combine portability with elegance, protection, and peace of mind.

  

  

 
Ronald De Jongh Case, 2013.

What looks like a normal viola case belies the fact that, as the instrument was quite small, we were able to fit it inside a modified VIOLIN case shell, reducing weight and bulk accordingly. This project was strongly advocated by Mr. De Jongh, violin maker based in Amsterdam, and friend of Mr. Musafia for close to thirty years.

  

  

 
Exercise of Style no. 61, 2012.

This case inaugurated a new direction in Mr. Musafia's artistic development of violin case design. With its seeming random zig-zags and angles, it set the pace for an entire series of custom cases, designed and personally built by Mr. Musafia. This case, featured in the February 2013 issue of The Strad magazine, is now in Germany.

  

    

 
Exercise of Style, 2012.

Mojave beige SuperSilk velvet and green satin coordinate to provide an interesting chromatic re-interpretation of the best-selling Luxury Ultralight case.

 

 

 
Joshua Bell Case, 2011.

Prestigious dealer Gradoux-Matt in New York commissioned this case for violinist Joshua Bell. It's a U3012 Luxury Ultralight with a total of three accessory compartments and custom lining as well. The interior space is used to maximum efficiency with this new design.   

       

    

 
Miguel Pérez-Espejo Case, 2011.

Mr. Pérez-Espejo commissioned this specially-built double case to his precise specifications. SuperSilk high silk content velvet in contrasting Mojave beige and Chianti red make a striking and very original combination.

  

   

 
Jen Tyler Case, 2011.

Many months were needed to create this special Luxury Model viola case. Not only were precious silk brocade linings sourced from China, but the design itself borrows heavily from the Aeternum design (with the offset violin) and the "rain and shine" motif from Opus VIII of 2008 was re-created. In addition to numerous safety options, this case also has leather lining inside and out.   

       

     

 
Atelier Paganini Case, 2010.

The firm Atelier Paganini of Prague commissioned this U3012 Luxury Ultralight in nimbus grey silk velvet and burgundy satin for a special effect, probably unaware that grey and red are Cremona's official colors! 

    

    

 
Exercise of Style, 2010.

Mr. Musafia used ivory Royale and contrasting charcoal crushed silk velvet for this one-off dart-shaped Luxury Model.

   

    

 
Roman Rusnak Case, 2009.

Czech violist Mr. Rusnak now owns a Musafia case which is special for two reasons. Not only was it the very first Luxury Ultralight case made for the viola, it was also customized to make it very similar to Sarah Chang's violin case, with the same linings and the same additional compartment under the neck. At 2.8 kg. (6 lbs.) this is to date the lightest oblong Musafia viola case.

  

   

 
Maaike-Merel van Baarzel Case, 2009.

This distinguished Dutch concert violist requested a custom interior featuring fuscia and black lining. She supplied her own fuscia satin and a digital image of how it was to be used; Mr. Musafia and his assistants took care of the rest. The result is striking yet well-balanced. 

   

    

 
Johanna Honkanen Case for Viola d'Amore, 2009.

Ms. Honkanen had this beautiful material sent to the workshop directly from the U.K. in order to build this case for viola d'amore. The sculpted head of the viola meant that it was necessary to make the case 5cm longer than usual - no problem.

     

       

 
Exercise of style, 2008-2009.

The Luxury Ultralight with an additional accessory box makes use of angles and wedges to distract the eye from the the rectangular shape of the shell. The lining is done solid color in silk velvet with Enigma silk velvet velvet inserts.

   

   

 
Dr. Julia Wong Case, 2008.

Many details are particular in this work, such as the use of black velvet, cording and bow ribbons, but none as innovative as the use of a Hermès silk scarf for some of the lining such as the lateral padding and blanket. A special effect is created when opening the accessory boxes and finding them entirely lined in the same silk.

   

    

 
Hiroshi Iizuka Case, 2008.

This case is actually just one of many that Mr. Musafia has created for Hiroshi Iizuka, the well-respected maker of special violas, such as the viola d'amore. Not only is the interior specially-contoured to meet the particular shape of this instrument, but the satin lining combined with the dart-shape format make this case very light.   

  

  

 
Amber Archibald Case, 2008.

This striking dart-shaped viola case was made using some material supplied by Ms. Archibald herself. Special touches include cherrywood burl trim.

 

  

    

 
Opus VIII, 2008.

The Opus series is a line of cases, each one completely different, which best represents Mr. Musafia's creativity. The interior of this case, based upon the Luxury Ultralight model in OpenSpace configuration with converging bow holders for additional safty, has an inlay personally hand-built by Mr. Musafia which represents the polar opposites of rain and shine. This case was featured on Italian national television RAI Channel 2 on April 11, 2008, and is now in the U.S..  

        

     

Opus VI, 2007-8.

This case, made on the Luxury Ultralight  OpenSpace pattern, has the open area with a "sun ray" inlay in the bottom panel, which aesthetically balances the offset accessory box side panel. The lining is in satin and cross-cut silk velvet, which appears black if viewed in one direction and burgundy when viewed in the other. Opus VI was made for an influential person in the music world that we prefer not to name in order to avoid possible controversy! 

    

     

 
Martin J. Babica Case, 2007.

Never before has Mr. Musafia interacted so closely with a client to satisfy his requests. German violinist Mr. Babica had his idea for literally every single detail of his Dream Case, and sent sketches and designs to have them turn into reality. Set on a red-blue contrast, and a neutral black exterior, the interior is truly unique with a distinctive red "L" inlay that balances the aesthetics beautifully indeed. Since much of the artistry of this case was conceived by Mr. Babica, he has requested that this case remain unique and not be reproduced for others. It has been featured in The Strad magazine.

    

      

 
Exercise of style, 2007.

Mr. Musafia used the Enigma silk velvet to line the padding for a striking variation on the Luxury Classic theme. Two cases were made, one in the green fantasia (pictured) and the other in the blue fantasia. 

      

       

 
Giora Schmidt Case, 2007.

The distinguished violinist desired a compact, lightweight case that didn't compromise in any way. Mr. Musafia built this Luxury Ultralight with Royale lining and silk padding with two additional accessory boxes in which the partitions are angled to maximize the internal space and harmonize stylistically with the layout of the larger accessory box. Upon special request the instrument blanket was attached to the case via Velcro strips. 

    

     

      
Sarah Chang Case, 2006.

The challenge was to build the lightest and most practical case possible for this world-famous soloist. Starting with the Luxury Ultralight model every trick in the book was used to eliminate extra weight, while adding a second accessory box and an area with a Velcro tie where to keep the shoulder rest. Cherrywood burl trim, suede-like frame covering, and photo retaining ribbons add a touch of elegance.  

        

          

      
Dylana Jenson Case, 2003.

Again purple; in Europe this color is viewed as a color that brings bad luck to performing artists, but apparently not so in the U.S.. The Luxury Dart-Shape case pictured unites this particular color choice with the advantages presented by the compact dart shape configuration. Case includes Tropicalization and WeatherGuard.

   

        

 
Marisa Sorajja Case, 2003.

This tiger print satin certainly gives an exotic touch to another Luxury Dart-Shape case, well-reflecting the personality of the owner! Padding is of Valentino black velvet. Case is now in California, and after having enjoyed considerable use, was restored and upgraded in 2008.

   

     

 
Michelle Brians Case, 2003.

Mr. Musafia has never been a fan of floral print fabric, but when Ms. Brians sent this material to make a Luxury double violin case, he couldn't say no. The final result is indeed quite pleasing. Note the added bow holder in the lid: it's for baroque bows, which are shorter than normal.

    

    

 
Gil Sharon Case, 2002.

Famed Dutch violinist Gil Sharon of the Amati Ensemble ordered this special double case. Aside from the custom velvet lining, if you look carefully you will note that this double case has room for the shoulder rests, not usually possible in double cases. (This was the first Musafia double case with this feature)

    

   

The artisan attention and care of the Musafia workshop is your guarantee that you will receive not only helpful, personalized service in the creation of your dream case, but also the long-term satisfaction that only your ideas and Musafia quality can provide.

         

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