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In 2003 Mr. Musafia designed the original Enigma with the aspiration to be considered the best case in the world, bar none. Symbolically, it was a demonstration what he and his assistants were capable of building, without regard to anything but quality, features, finish and instrument protection. 

After the introduction of the Enigma Series 2 in 2010, working tirelessly to perfect this model while keeping at the forefront of innovation, in 2021 Musafia presented the Enigma Series 3.

Gracefully curved interior structural partitions are the major difference comparing the new case to its predecessors, providing a more complex crush resistant structure and even more space for shoulder rests and other accessories. As a result, the main accessory compartment, thanks to a second curved partition now offers a longer storage area and is shaped to accommodate almost all shoulder rests. 

Enigma is available in three versions. The Enigma Exclusive, lined in the trademark patterned velvet plush, has almost all the safety and protection options included as standard, as does the Aureum which however is lined in glove-quality Italian leather, velvet plush, and satin. Lastly, the Enigma Leggero is similar to the Exclusive, but optimized for lighter weight by offering the choice of which options to include. The silk velvet, milled in northern Italy with an exclusive pattern designed by Mr. Musafia expressly for this case, is used for the padding while the hard surfaces are lined with coordinated solid-color velvet plush and satin. The Enigma Aureum Series 3 has the interior lined in glove quality leather, monocolor velvet plush and satin. In all versions, the accessory boxes have the bottom lining in Fleur-de-Lys paper, elegant and plasticized to guarantee a long life.

Design and construction


Revolutionary and exclusive hybrid Kevlar® and wood laminate construction. Continuum High-Tensile™ wood laminate specially milled to 0.1mm tolerances in thickness, up to 6-ply. Inner layers checked for defects via transparency before use. Structure cold-bent to avoid possible warping; lightweight, highly resistant and repairable in case of damage. Internal partitions are load-bearing and structural to increase the overall strength. Monolithic impact absorbing structure created through the use of high-density (28 kg/m3) foam with surface reinforcement cemented to both sides and bottom. Though-bolted zinc-plated steel reinforcements on all viola cases for superior long-term durability. Reinforced hinge and back-pack attachment area. Case shell designed to withstand equalized pressure on the lid equivalent to the weight of an average person.


Made with military-specification Cordura® nylon, water-and-tear-resistant, and treated with Teflon® to reduce wear and scuffing. Long-lasting YKK zippers, 25mm zipper stitching support, synthetic thread, double-folded edging and upgraded through-bolted strap attachments (instead of sewn-on D-rings) to assure long life. Padding on underside reduces bumps to the instrument when the case is set down. Includes new expandable LieFlat™ music pocket, full-length rain flap and is replaceable.

Interior padding

5mm padding below and above instrument, 10 mm lateral padding, four-point instrument suspension. Blanket padded with 5mm foam.

Exclusive safety features

All Musafia case designs crash-tested to help determine best protection for important instruments. Four-point Offset Plane™ instrument suspension, patented SoftTouch™ spring-locking bow holders, fore-and-aft movement restraining system, double-action Sekur™ safety lock, multi-filament Dimus II™ humidifier and hygrometer, and case bottom external padding. EnCase™ side impact protection and anti-intrusion bottom panel. SATRAVI® protection certified. Built to IP-64 water- and dust-proofing standard (EN 60529).

Other characteristics and features

Ribbons to retain photos in case lid without damage, long-lasting brass hinging on accessory box lids, padded blanket, soft and flexible string tube to avoid damage to the instrument in case of accident, double carrying straps for normal and backpack use, replaceable oversized leather handle to facilitate carrying the case with gloves in cold weather, replaceable Alcantara® covered metro handle.


  1. Continuum High Tensile™ hybrid Kevlar/ 6-ply laminate construction with monolithical impact absorbing structure.
  2. 4-point Offset Plane Suspension System™ for improved instrument protection in case of bumps and impact.
  3. EnCase™ construction feature with improved resistance to side impact.
  4. Anti-intrusion bottom panel enhances protection against blunt force.
  5. Countour-following French-fit lateral padding holds instrument more effectively in case of accident, reducing possibility of damage.
  6. Replaceable Cordura® nylon waterproof cover with full-sized music (or iPad) pouch, padded on underside. YKK zippers. Teflon® treatment to reduce wear and scuffs. Two pencil/pen loops inside the music pouch. Now with LieFlat™ extra capacity music or iPad pocket and full-length rain flap.
  7. Interior fully-lined and padded with truly finest Italian velvets and satin (Enigma and Enigma Leggero); glove quality leather, satin, and silk velvet (Enigma Aureum).
  8. Patented SoftTouch™ elastic spring-loaded locking bow holders.
  9. Rosin dust-resistant bow ribbons with Stradivari "Sunrise" inlay motif.
  10. Cherrywood burl trim.
  11. Leather instrument restraints.
  12. Photo retaining ribbons.
  13. Bow tip cushions.*
  14. Musafia hygrometer - humdifier system with highly effective Dimus II multi-filament humidifier.
  15. Thermometer.
  16. Padded blanket and flexible string tube.
  17. Four metal through-bolted carrying strap fixtures with shoulder strap and backpack capability.
  18. Two carrying straps for normal and backpack use. 
  19. Oversized, comfortable leather padded handle (new for 2021!).
  20. Alcantara-covered subway handle.
  21. Sekur™ double-action safety lock.
  22. Tropicalization™. *
  23. WeatherGuard™ valance-and-groove closure. *
  24. PressurePorts™. *
  25. Waterproofing. *
  26. Hidden pocket for documents. *

*optional on Enigma Leggero

Options and accessories available for Enigma

  1. FindMe™ GPS tracker (4G).
  2. Humiditrak® Bluetooth thermo-hygrometer.
  3. Personalized brass engraved nameplate.
  4. Protecta System™.
  5. Accessory box illumination with high-output, low drain L.E.Ds. (illuminates two compartments).
  6. Additional frame reinforcement.
  7. Alcantara shell lining. (Enigma Leggero only; not available on normal Enigma or Enigma Aureum).
  8. Screw-attached electronic A-440 tuner.
  9. CaseCaddy™ music stand/umbrella pouch.
  10. Soft satin pillow blanket.
  11. Padded carrying strap.

Formats and versions

Download technical features here: 5011L5011E 5021E5011P 


Enigma and Enigma Leggero interior

(Finest exclusive Italian silk velvets and satin)

Enigma Aureum interior

(Glove quality Italian leather with silk velvet padding)

Cover choices

Please note that while great care has been taken to portay the colors as accurately as possible, colors may appear differently on different computer screens, and tend to vary with each new supply. Case pictures are for color reference only. They may have options available at extra cost, or may not have all the latest characteristics and features.

Cordura Nylon

Steel grey/blue – Terra brown – Slate green – Black – Pacific blue – Sable

Glove-quality leather

Brown – Black – Blue

Special versions

David Chan Case, 2020

Well, where to start? This custom Enigma has gracefully curved internal partitions that are lacquered black instead of lined with cloth, custom Chinese silk brocade, full LED illumination, a leather cover, and true style. Note the baroque bow adapter in the lid. The tabs sticking up are for the Velcro attached blanket (not shown).

Lydia Leong Case, 2017

Our client liked the Enigma but wanted something personalized more to her taste, less classic and more dynamic. Starting from Mr. Musafia's original design she opted for the materials of one of the Luxury Ultralight Athena series, eliminated the wood trim and color-coordinated some of the other items (bow ribbons, bow tip cushions, etc.) to create a new effect. The end result is a visual tribute to what happens when two strong personalities work together.

Lorraine Crozier Case no. 2, 2016

After extensive color study, Mr. Musafia mated the Chinese silk brocade supplied by the client, with dark brown silk velvet and beige suede leather in this stunning Enigma Aureum case. The Terra brown exterior is a perfect complement to the various shades of brown within the case. Note the upper baroque bow position.

Exercise of Style, 2015

Black silk velvet and the psychedelic silk satin of one of Italy's most iconic designers has this Enigma Leggero make a statement. It was replicated in different color combinations based on blue and orange.

Christophe Quatremer Case, 2014

M. Quatremer ordered a 5011L Enigma Leggero to his precise specifications, which included, among various options, an interior lining in grey Royale and Champagne beige satin. This case was featured on both his and our Facebook pages.

Atelier Paganini Case, 2013

Our dynamic dealers in Prague ordered an Enigma to be made in red, without specifying much else. Being that red is not usually offered as an interior color choice for this model, Mr. Musafia sourced the silk satin you see in the photo and mated it to our Cardinal Red silk velvet for a fresh, distinctive look.

McKay-Lodge Case, 2013

A lengthy and detailed correspondence over several months resulted in this one-off Enigma, characterized by a unique color scheme and extensive use of satin. This case is now in the U.S.A

Exercise of Style no. 45, 2011

Using the Enigma Series 2 as a starting point, with this case Mr. Musafia adds a contrasting color - blue - to an otherwise brown-and-beige color scheme with suede leather lining. A second case was also made, using green as the contrasting color. Tiny Swarovski crystals placed with discretion add to the overall preciousness of this case. 

Exercise of Style no. 41, 2011

This Enigma Series 2 is lined entirely in medium brown suede leather, and, for the first time, with champagne beige satin for the padding instead of velvet or other materials. Swarovski crystals featured in this case as well.

Liu Zhongwei Case, 2011

This Enigma viola case was commissioned by Beijing dealer Liu Zhongwei on behalf of a distinguished client in China. His only specifications were "red color", so Mr. Musafia used Cardinal red silk velvet and precious Pierre Cardin silk satin for this stunning creation.

Juerg Daehler Case, 2011

Swiss instrumentalist Juerg Daehler commissioned this Enigma case for viola built within the Ultralight case shell for minimum bulk and weight. Non-descript on the outside, inside numerous safety features are included.

Jason Bell Case, 2010

Commissioned through Rafael Carrabba Violins in Seattle, this case is one of the first customized Series 2 Enigmas made. It has suede leather covering the hard surfaces and LED lighting in the accessory boxes as well as in the lid. Note the accessory box lid beneath the neck and its special design (see here).

Krissy Jackson Case, 2010

GoStrings.com handled the commissioning of this special Enigma (Series 1) case, which is faced with black leather on the hard surfaces. The color combination, entirely decided upon by the customer, is very effective and not surprisingly has generated much interest.

Matthew Means Case, 2009

GoStrings.com handled the commissioning of this special Enigma (Series 1) case, which is faced with black leather on the hard surfaces. The color combination, entirely decided upon by the customer, is very effective and not surprisingly has generated much interest.

Brook Taube Case, 2007

The squaring of a circle: that's a good way to define Mr. Taube's request. This customer wanted the elegance of the leather-lined Enigma Aureum with the comparatively light weight of the Enigma Leggero, but with waterproofing, Tropicalization, and the special touch offered of suede-like frame covering.

Ivo Stankov Case no. 1, 2007

U.K. violinist Mr. Ivo Stankov ordered two Enigma cases, however each one on a different and unique color scheme. This all-black version is exceptional in it's class and simplicity and has been ordered by other customers.

Ivo Stankov Case no. 2, 2007

The second Enigma case Mr. Stankov ordered was again in the name of simplicity, but this time on a green color theme.

Weights and dimensions

CodeFormatNameWeightShell dimension
5011L oblong asymm. Enigma Leggero3,1 kg. - 6.8 lbs.80 x 24.5 x 13cm
5011E oblong asymm. Enigma3.4 kg. - 7.5 lbs.80 x 24.5 x 13cm
5011Poblong asymm. Enigma Aureum3.5 kg. - 7.7 lbs.80 x 24.5 x 13cm
5021Loblong asymm. Enigma Leggero2,8 kg. - 6.2 lbs. 80 x 31 x 14cm
5021E oblong asymm. Enigma3,7 kg. - 8.1 lbs.80 x 31 x 14cm
5021Poblong asymm. Enigma Aureum4.1 kg. - 9.0 lbs.80 x 31 x 14cm

Please note: some case manufacturers declare weights up to 20% less than the actual weight. Other manufacturers weigh their cases stripped of the music pocket, subway strap, rain flap, and even the latch! The weights of Musafia cases listed here are truthful and reflect their actual weight. Keep this into consideration when comparing cases!

Weights are approximate and may vary up to +/-5% from case to case. All options and accessories are excluded. Viola case weight and dimensions are quoted for standard size. Options add weight (see accessories page for more details).

All Musafia cases are 100% made in Cremona, Italy. Lifetime warranty, maintenance service and replacement parts always available.