Gil Sharon

musafia cremona italy

Presented September 2013 at the prestigious Cremona Museum of the Violin, the GIL SHARON BY MUSAFIA case, with its compact size and optimized instrument protection including Tropicalization (thermal insulation), soft rubberized bow holders, satin instrument cradling and anti-intrusion panels, raises the bar for offering peace of mind to the busy musician.

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. Blacket padded with 5mm foam.


  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. 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.
  6. Interior fully-lined and padded with truly finest velvet plush.
  7. Patented SoftTouch™ elastic spring-loaded locking bow holders.
  8. Rosin dust-resistant bow ribbons with Stradivari "Sunrise" inlay motif.
  9. Padded blanket and flexible string tube.
  10. Photo retaining ribbons.
  11. Musafia hygrometer - humdifier system with highly effective Dimus II multi-filament humidifier.
  12. Four metal through-bolted carrying strap fixtures with shoulder strap and backpack capability.
  13. Two carrying straps for normal and backpack use. 
  14. Oversized, comfortable leather padded handle (new for 2021!).
  15. Alcantara-covered subway handle.
  16. Sekur™ double-action safety lock.

Options and accessories available for Luxury Classic

  1. FindMe™ GPS tracker (4G).
  2. Humiditrak® Bluetooth thermo-hygrometer.
  3. Personalized brass engraved nameplate.
  4. Protecta System™.
  5. Additional frame reinforcement.
  6. Tropicalization™.
  7. PressurePorts™.
  8. Waterproofing. 
  9. Hidden pocket for documents.
  10. SuperSilk interior lining.
  11. Thermometer.
  12. Electronic thermo-hygrometer.
  13. Cherrywood burl trim.
  14. Leather instrument restraints.
  15. Bow tip cushions.
  16. Alcantara shell lining.
  17. Screw-attached electronic A-440 tuner.
  18. CaseCaddy™ music stand/umbrella pouch.
  19. Soft satin pillow blanket.
  20. Padded carrying strap.

Formats versions and colors

Download PDF: U3012U3012SSU3022

Luxury Ultralight Interior

(Lined in truly finest velvet plush and satin.)

Cover Choice

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

Exercise of style No. 1/ 2021

Based upon the latest Luxury Classic design, this case includes a French-fit padding around the instrument, and the use of Enigma print velvet. The large open space around the scroll of the violin allows placement of both the shoulder rest (via a Velcro restraint) and string packets (thanks to an elastic strip), freeing space in the accessory compartment.

King Rama IX of Thailand Case, 2018 (replica).

Established Cremona maker Stefano Trabucchi commissioned the original case for King Rama IX a few years before to complement a violin of his to be delivered to the monarch. By popular demand, this case has been replicated and is indeed a unique equilibrium of style, light weight (2.3 kg.), protection and minimum bulk.

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.

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.

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.

Exercise of Style, 2010.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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)

Weights and dimensions

CodeFormatNameWeightShell dimension
U3012rectangularLuxury Ultralight2,5 kg. - 5.5 lbs.76 x 23.5 x 13cm
U3022rectangularLuxury Ultralight2,8 kg. - 6.2 lbs. 77 x 28.5 x 14cm

Maximum bow length accommodated in the ultra-compact Luxury Ultralight U3012 violin case is 75 cm, and 75.5 cm for the U3022 viola case.

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.