In the year 2000, with the Luxury Ultralight Series 1, Dimitri Musafia began the quest for lighter-weight cases, in anticipation of the general trend, however also incorporating advanced safety characteristics and an unmistakable style.
The development was relentless, with the case completely re-designed in 2004, 2005, and yet again in 2007, with no expense spared. This last version immediately was an unprecedented success, and remains today the best-selling Musafia case.
There are three variations on the Luxury Ultralight theme. The original version is lined inside in paisley satin and coordinated velvet plush. The Athena version is offered in different Concepts, each being a design study of mixing colors and patterns of the interior lining for special, dramatic effect. The Alisea version instead is optimized for lightest weight and has a sumptuous interior entirely lined in precious SuperSilk™ velvet.
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.
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. SATRAVI® protection certified. Built to IP-64 water- and dust-proofing standard (EN 60529).
Other characteristics and features
Ribbon 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.