Luxury Classic

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Musafia started making cases with the Luxury Classic in 1983. From the outset it showcased what would become known universally as the “Musafia Style”: gold-color rope cording, quilted bottom padding, brown-on-color chromatic scheme, and double-thick padding around the instrument. 

Just touching the soft velvet lining with your fingertips will confirm that it is simply without equal in terms of plushness and offers minimum abrasion to the varnish of even the most important instrument. The design offers generous placement of both thick padding and impact-absorbing foam for further protection. 

Continuously updated over almost 40 years, the oblong violin model 3011 was redesigned in 2014 to offer even more protection than before, with the violin centered allowing it to be better protected from bumps coming from all directions. In 2019 it was re-designed again, vastly increasing the space for accessories, with a shoulder rest holder outside the main compartment and an elastic to hold string packets. Now there is also a second load-bearing transverse structural partition for vastly increased sideways crush resistance. 

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 leatherette 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. 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.
  15. Alcantara-covered subway handle.
  16. Sekur™ double-action safety lock.

* except Versatus version

Options and accessories available for Luxury Classic

  1. New! FindMe™ GPS tracker (4G).
  2. Humiditrak® Bluetooth thermo-hygrometer.
  3. Personalized brass engraved nameplate.
  4. Protecta System™.
  5. Additional frame reinforcement.
  6. Tropicalization™.
  7. WeatherGuard™ valance-and-groove closure.
  8. PressurePorts™.
  9. Waterproofing. 
  10. Hidden pocket for documents.
  11. SuperSilk interior lining.
  12. Thermometer.
  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 and versions

Download technical features here: S3011SV3011S302130113021303130323041


Luxury Classic interior

(Lined in truly finest velvet plush)

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

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
SV3011mini-dartSuperleggero Versatus2,1 kg. - 4.6 lbs.65 x 23.5 x 13cm
S3011dartLuxury Classic2,3 kg. - 5 lbs.80 x 23.5 x 13cm
3011oblongLuxury Classic2,8 kg. - 6.2 lbs.80 x 23.5 x 13cm
S3021dartLuxury Classic2,8 kg. - 6.2 lbs.85 x 28 x 14cm
3021oblongLuxury Classic3.2 kg. - 7 lbs.80 x 28 x 14cm
2 violins
3031oblongLuxury Classic3,5 kg. - 7.7 lbs.80 x 31 x 14cm
3032oblongLuxury Classic3,9 Kg. - 8.6 lbs.80 x 35 x 14 cm
Violin + viola
3041oblongLuxury Classic3,9 Kg. - 8.6 lbs.80 x 35 x 15 cm

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.