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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.

KeithStanfield Case, 2020

When was the last time you saw a case lined in Samoan tapa cloth? Well, never. That is until Mr. Stanfield, a Samoan native who played on the national soccer team before becoming violinist of the Opus 76 Quartet, sent us some to line his personal case. If you're wondering about the burgundy and grey stripes, they are instead the official colors of Cremona. 



Exercise of Style no. 5, 2018

Leather is the key element of this Aeternum Aureum, not only lining part of the interior but comprising the cover as well, in the same exact color. Subtle touches of color are added by the use of blue Enigma fantasia print velvet. The striped bottom padding is reminiscent of the Enigma series. 



Exercise of Style no. 4, 2018

Dark blue and beige make up the interior color combination of this unique Aeternum Aureum. Lining is in suede leather, silk velvet, and satin. The blue cover complete the contrasting color scheme. The striped bottom padding is the same as that of the Enigma.



Casper Bleumers Case no. 2, 2017.

This stylish Aeternum Aureum is lined in medium brown suede leather and dark brown silk velvet. Several styling cues are taken from the Enigma, such as the under-neck compartment, the French-fit lateral padding, and the bottom padding "stripes". This case, which substitute a Master Series Aureum, has numerous safety options and accommodation for a baroque bow.



Bruno Camargo Case, 2017.

Mr. Camargo had a very clear idea as to how he wanted his Aeternum customized, as you can see in the photo. Not only was a contrasting red and black velvet lining used, but also there is French-fit padding (made to pattern for his instrument) and an additional compartment beneath the violin neck for a total of three.



Salvatore Accardo Case no. 7, 2017.

The famed Italian virtuoso, Musafia client since 1989, ordered two of these unique cases, derived from a 1-year development that it includes the case shown immediately below, for his 1730 "ex-Hart" del Gesł and the 1620 "George III" Maggini. This model is ideally a restyling of the limited-edition Salvatore Accardo by Musafia case, model 4211P, which enjoys the status as the most sought-after collectible Musafia case, with prime examples selling at double their original price.



Exercise of Style, 2017.

Straight lines, with the exception of the bow ribbons, were virtually thrown out with this re-interpretation of the Aeternum Series 4. Non-linear internal partitions add grace and storage room, and make the design a triumph of curves and counter-curves. Following a previous prototype that introduced the concept, this case became the new Salvatore Accardo Case above.




Antoine Vionnet Case, 2016.

What makes this Aeternum Aureum special is that the entire interior is lined exclusively in suede leather, with no velvet nor satin. Quite a bit of ingenuity was required as the none of the pieces of suede used are large enough to cover the lid of the case, nor long enough for the lateral padding.



Charlotte Francis Case, 2016.

This Aeternum Aureum in suede leather uses dark blue for the silk velvet padding, as well as blue "Sunrise" satin. The overall contrasting effect is especially useful to aesthetically "frame" the violin when inside the case, bringing it to the attention of the eye.



Sarah Ash Case, 2014.

This Aeternum Aureum in suede leather has the latter in two colors in order to offer a triple-brown effect: dark brown for the silk velvet padding, light brown for the accessory box lids, and beige for the main surface and some details.



Isabelle Barbe Case, 2013.

This client sourced herself the "blu ciel" (sky blue) crushed silk velvet we used to make her dream case. The rest of the lining is beige suede leather and beige silk satin, for a truly one-of-a-kind look.



Jecklin Aeternum Case, 2013.

In something of an unprecedented move, this stylish all-black Aeternum commissioned by dealers Jecklin & Co. (Zurich, Switzerland) was granted to them in exclusive. Anyone wishing to commission a similar case should contact Jecklin & Co. directly at +41 44 253 7630.



Marlise Gerber Case, 2012.

Green silk velvet padding was used for contrast in this beige suede-leather lined Aeternum Aureum, for a unique and very tasteful effect. This case is now in Switzerland.   



Exercise of Style 2011.

This particular case is one of the last prototypes that led to the birth of the definitive Aeternum Series 4. Note the distinguishing louver effect in the scroll area, achieved through the use of superimposed wedge-section slats.



Eva Hoegel Case, 2010.

This professional violinist requested what is essentially an Aeternum with the Luxury Ultralight color scheme, with the addition of French-fit padding. Numerous safety options complete the picture. The case is now in Germany.



Paul-Anthony Magadia Case, 2008.

This distinguished musician had very clear ideas about how he wanted his dream case. Based upon the Aeternum design, he requested that features typical of the Enigma Aureum, including the French-fit padding and multiple accessory compartments, be integrated into his Aeternum. Soft leather and silk velvet create a particularly graceful ambiance in this unque case.



Opus IX Case, 2008.

The striking interior of this case, personally hand-built by Mr. Musafia, has a distinctive regimental-style diagonal inlay, the orientation of which was calculated with the use of phi, or the Golden Ratio, and is lined in grey silk velvet, Royale, and satin. The Opus series is a line of cases, each one completely different, which best represents Mr. Musafia's creativity. This case is now in Spain.



Nina Popotnig Case, 2007.

This Aeternum case was ordered with the interior completely lined in Mojave beige SuperSilk high-silk content velvet. In the interest of aesthetic simplicity, the wood trim was relinquished, but waterproofing and Tropicalization were added for enhanced instrument safety. Case is now in Austria.  




Ray Chen Case, 2007.

Mr. Chen knew what he wanted, in terms of style and instrument protection. The details were worked out via e-mail over a period of several weeks, and Mr. Musafia is convinced that the resulting case is one of his best works ever. Although the case is based upon the Aeternum model, indeed if one looks carefully it becomes apparent that almost every element was changed. Note additional accessory box and added instrument protection at far end.



Exercise of style, 2007.

This Aeternum case uses Pierre Cardin silk satin for the padding surrounding the instrument, creating a very novel effect. In 2010 it was re-sold for 20% more than the original purchase price. 



Exercise of style, 2007.

Mr. Musafia used the Enigma silk velvet to line the padding for a striking variation on the Aeternum theme, basically reversing the color scheme of the Enigma case. This example, which was shown in The Strad magazine, is now in the U.S.A.. 



Ida Kavafian Case, 2003.

Well-known New York instrumentalist Ida Kavafian ordered her Aeternum made to very precise specifications. She sent us all the materials for the interior lining, down to the rope decoration and the satin for the violin blanket. Many qualifying options such as Tropicalization and WeatherGuard were requested. The end result is quite unique, to the point of earning a mention in "Strings" magazine.  



Maxine Kwok Case No. 1, 2002.

The Maxine Kwok Case is lined in a splendid Chinese silk brocade ordered by the customer in Hong Kong, with ivory Royale padding. This unique case unites baroque with the modernity of the Aeternum. 






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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