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Musafia Cremona Italy

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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.

Sean Wang Case no. 2, 2020.

This elegant Master Series dart shaped case includes elements of the Enigma Aureum, primarily in the triple blue color combination, the leather lining, the accessory compartment under the violin neck, and the striped bottom padding. It was especially designed to fit a Korfker shoulder rest.



Horacio Pagani Case, 2019.

The name Pagani may not sound familiar to those who don't buy sportscars where the stereo alone will set you back close to $200,000. That said, Mr. Pagani ordered this one-off Musafia with his own silk satin, and the leather left over from the frame-up restoration of the very first Pagani Zonda built. The striped padding on the bottom panel suggests the weave of carbon fiber, of which much of a Pagani is made. In Modena, of course.



Exercise of Style no. 2, 2018.

Starting from the compact dart-shape Master Series, Mr. Musafia integrated materials of the Enigma model to create a lightweight (2.5kg), compact, protective and elegant case for those who do a lot of air travel. This example is in red; others were made with green, blue, and grey as the dominant interior color.



Muecke-Elschek Case, 2016.

The story behind this case is unusual. Ordered by our Austrian dealers Muecke-Elschek with lining in both paisely and monocolor satin, and dark grey silk velvet padding, as well as numerous options, faulty communication resulted in this case not being exactly what their client had in mind. No worry, we made a second case with the corrections, but in the meantime this case not only sold immediately but has since been replicated upon request of other clients. 



Serghej Krylov Case no. 2, 2016.

This Master Series Aureum oblong, commissioned by virtuoso Serghej Krylov, is lined in a unique shade of leather and Mojave Beige SuperSilk velvet. A host of safety features were requested, including a hidden place to hide the GPS tracker/locator used when Maestro Krylov is on tour with a Strad. Where is the compartment? Sorry, we can't tell!



Wesley Chou Case, 2016.

Where to be begin to describe this dart-shaped Master Series for viola? Not only does it have a distinctive interior lining in dark grey velvet with Champagne beige satin padding, but requested personalizations include even the bows being inserted from left-to-right (instead of the usual right-to-left). Oddly enough, this isn't the only case we've made with a similar bow arrangement, although it is indeed a rare characteristc.



Sean Wang Case No. 1, 2016.

Starting from the compact and lightweight U-series ultralight shell, we built a Master Series Aureum lined in suede leather, satin, and Enigma velvet for a special effect. Other features include Alcantara shell lining and PressurePorts to complete the instrument protection. The finished case is more compact and lighter than the normal oblong Master Series.



Exercise of Style, 2015.

As in the case above, this is a Master Series Aureum oblong done in suede leather, satin, and Enigma velvet for a special effect. 25 Swarovski crystals and leather instrument restraint complete the stylistic image of this case; safety options such as WeatherGuard, Tropicalization and PressurePorts complete the instrument protection.



Gretchen Loyola Case, 2015.

A Master Series Exclusive with the usual silk velvet and suede-like Royale substituted by Champagne beige silk satin and burgundy paisely satin. The construction of this case is seen in the video "Musafia - A Contemporary Legend" on YouTube.



M.Eric Beaven Case No. 2, 2014.

Faithful to tradition, our longtime client ordered a dart-shaped Master Series with a lot of black, including the cover (in leather) and the lining of the hard surfaces. It is however set off by blue silk velvet padding which offers luminiosity. Options include the ProtectaSystem, WeatherGuard and PressurePorts. 



Mojca Skafar Case, 2014.

This essentially a Master Series Aureum lined with the materials of the Enigma.



Daniel Lee Case No. 2, 2014.

The Master Series Exclusive dart features a number of interesting characteristics, including satin lining on the hard surfaces and baroque bow accomodations, plus numerous safety options. Hygrometer and thermometer were deleted, as the owner already had an electronic device. 



Van-Anh Pham Case, 2013.

This violinist requested a particular color scheme with cross-cut burgundy velvet (changes color from burgundy to black depending on the angle of view) and color-matched satin. Not only does this create a special aesthetic effect, it also makes the case lighter in weight.



Lorraine Crozier Case, 2013.

One of the first customized examples of the re-designed Master Series Exclusive, this case features the Chinese silk brocade used in the Momentum Z version 3 instead of the usual Royale lining material.



Acoustica Musical Instruments Case, 2013.

One of the most elaborate customized Master Series Exclusive cases made to date, integrating many of the aesthetic elements of the Enigma, this case is now in Thailand. Note the leather case cover.



Gil Sharon Case, 2013.

The soloist and artistic director of the Amati Ensemble commissioned this custom case, which is the very first custom dart shape Master Series of the new generation. The interior silk and satin are the same as the Luxury Ultralight to reduce weight.



Hayato Ishibashi Case, 2011.

Unfortunately the photography cannot do justice to this creation. A unique designer brocade sourced in Mozambique, complete with mini-crystals, is mated to Chianti red SuperSilk velvet for a case which must truly be seen in person. The outside cover is in black leather. This case is now in the Netherlands.



Emy Bernecoli Case, 2011.

This Italian musician requested a Master Series Exclusive lined in weight-saving satin instead of Royale, and moisture-stabilizing SuperSilk velvet padding.



Sophie Pedersen Case, 2010.

A very nice effect was created with what is essentially a Master Series Exclusive with the Luxury Ultralight color scheme. The case is now in Denmark.



Herbert Boersma Case, 2010.

With this creation, our customer is now owner of a unique Master Series Aureum in black leather, with black silk velvet padding and black "Sunrise" pattern satin. The result is very striking and elegant.



Chad Hoopes Case, 2009.

This remarkable and talented young soloist commissioned a special Master Series case. It has many elements from the Enigma in the lightweight and compact dart-shaped format. Note the extra accessory box beneath the neck. Options include Tropicalization and reinforced frame. (Note: a shoulder rest cannot fit into this case, but we can reproduce the case with a shorter accessory box under the violin neck allowing room for the rest).



J. & A. Beare Case, 2009.

What makes this dart-shaped Master Series Classic quite special is not the SuperSilk lining but the fact that Mr. Musafia was able to fit both a very large viola and a Bonmusica rest into a handy dart-shape format, thanks to a gracefully contoured structural internal partition and putting the instrument slightly off-axis. The one-at-a-time construction of Musafia Cremona Italy cases makes this possible.



John Lange Case, 2008.

Mr. Lange wanted a Master Series like no other. So, in addition to all the possible options and the interior lining like the Enigma case, it also features LED illumination not only in the accessory boxes but in the lid as well. Dark back stages will no longer present any problem, when searching for that elusive mute during intermission...



Helene Schuetz Case, 2008.

While the client was very specific about the details of this particular case, including the suede-leather lining, cherrywood burl trim and many other features, Mr. Musafia crafted his own personal touches to make this case even more unique and safe. The instrument is further protected by additional impact reinforcement which is hidden from view by the suede-leather trim.



Exercise of style, 2008.

A few special artistic touches make this dart-shaped Master Series Exclusive truly exclusive indeed. Instrument protection has perhaps never been so compact, stylish, light weight and practical.



Kwang-hoon Kim Case, 2008.

This unique leather-lined Master Series Aureum was built on the compact Ultralight platform. Special touches include Alcantara-covered frame (instead of leatherette) and a full complement of safety options such as Tropicalization, frame reinforcement, waterproofing and PressurePorts.



Michael Boucher Case, 2008.

Finest Chinese silk brocade makes this custom-made Master Series violin case uniquely elegant and tasteful. Note the multi-tiered padding in the lid. This one-off creation is now in the U.S.A.



Ursula Eidenmueller Case, 2007.

This artist requested that we make a compact, dart-shaped Master Series Exclusive with the burlwood finish of the oblong cases, as well as some other special features. The end result is truly unique in it's elegance, but also in it's superlight weight and instrument protection.



Exercise of style, 2007.

Mr. Musafia used his trademark Enigma multicolor velvet to make the padding of this Master Series case. Note also the multi-tiered padding in the lid, designed to provide a calibrated restraint to the instrument along the tailpiece. This case is now owned by a distinguished Canadian musician.



Igor Malinovsky Case, 2007.

Mr. Malinovsky presented us with a special challenge. He wanted a case with the interior completely lined with suede leather, six bow holders, room for two large violins and their shoulder rests. We were happy to accept this challenge and made the case pictured. 



The Strad Case, 2006.

In 2006 the prestigious English publication "The Strad" ordered a case to give to a lucky subscriber. We made a Master Series on our compact Ultralight frame with a satin and silk interior, which we subsequently replicated on special request for the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Mr. Rainer Kuechl.  



Dr. Pilar Bradshaw Case, 2005.

We were particularly grateful to this loyal customer when she sent us this spectacular Chinese brocade. We made 4 cases (two violin, a viola case, and a double case) with it, and the end result was such that we received compliments from everywhere. Thank you, Pilar!  



Olivares Case, 2005.

We don't offer our Enigma case in a double violin version, so this distinguished musician ordered a Master Series double violin case with many Enigma characteristics, including the exclusive velvet and the two-tone striped bottom padding. Options include Tropicalization. 



Francesco Manara Case, 2004.

The concertmaster of the La Scala Orchestra in Milan commissioned this one-off Master Series Aureum case in a distinctive color combination.  



Roberta di Camerino Case, 2003.

The legendary Italian fashion designer, best known for her handbags, commissioned this Master Series in an all red-blue color combination, including a blue leather cover. The designer's monograms and logo grace the case inside and out.   



Exercise of style, 2002.

Pierre Cardin silk satin was used to create this unique case, in which the pattern of the silk complements the design of the interior.



Rene Morel Limited Edition Case series, 2001.

Rene Morel Rare Violins of New York commissioned a mini-series of Master Series cases made with a patterned silk velvet that was the prelude to the Enigma velvet. One of these cases was owned by Isaac Stern.



M. Eric Beaven Case, 2001.

Black silk velvet, black rope decoration, and black bow ribbons make Mr. Beaven's case unique. The discreet presence of brown in a few strategic places illuminates the interior almost magically.




Exercise of style, 1999.

We made this unique two-tone Master Series Exclusive case as a special prize for the Georges Enescu Violin Competition held in Bucarest.  




1715 Stradivari Case, 1997

This was the first case we made for probably the most precious of all violins, the 1715 "ex-Joachim" Stradivari, part of Cremona's Civic Collection since 1961. A new case was subsequently made for this instrument in 2005, and this case is now owned by a private collector in the U.S.A.


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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