Cello cases come in a variety of shapes, sizes, contours, materials, qualities and prices.  Most people have a budget in mind when they start shopping, but fail to measure their cellos.  Start with dimensions, because you can sometimes eliminate cases immediately because your cello simply will not fit. 

Shells have gotten complex, and people often misunderstand materials and their properties.  It's my job to explain these differences to you and why they might be worth paying for, depending on your specific needs.  As for the inside of the case, you should pay attention to where the suspension pads support your instrument.  Is it under the neck and bottom blocks, which are the strongest structural parts of your cello?  Or under hollow, thin sections?  Poke the padding, see how thick and resilient it is, how the case deals with impact.  Check all clearances to insure your cello has a buffer zone within the case.  If any part, corner, peg, bridge is touching the shell, the case cannot optimally protect.  

If you are on public transit frequently, busy city sidewalks, you have greater risks than if you and your cello ride in your car to and from lessons once a week.   There's more, but we cover everything when you shop here.  If you think of buying shoes, you get a better feel for the process.  The more you're on your feet, the more the support and comfort of the shoe matter.

It's always best if you bring your cello to the shop.  You can put your cello in various cases, examine the fit issues, see handle placement, and all sorts of things associated with using and carrying the case.  If you're 6'7" with broad shoulders, you will have issues with shoulder straps or handles that someone 5'5"and narrow shoulders and slender hands probably wouldn't.   When you can't come to the shop, we will talk you through all these details on the phone or email and give you as close to the same experience as if you were in the shop.   Pictures and/or videos to address your specific issues...it's all doable.   The case needs to protect the cello without causing a problem for the cellist.

Our range of cases starts with well-padded soft bags that zip closed, then move to "hybrid" cases which have a solid exterior but still zip and have a soft interior, then to a broad range of shaped cases made of various plastics, fiberglass, carbon fiber resins.  By changing the ratio of some of these materials, companies can control weight, cost and protection.  Our job is to know the cases, and point out what one case will provide that another won't.  Once you are enlightened, what you do with the information is up to you.  But there is no "Gee, I wish I had known that before I bought this."  We give you answer to questions you wouldn't know to ask.