Considerations of use
Most times, each ukulele player will have a slightly different and specific requirement for a case or bag. The first consideration is precisely how you will be using the case or bag.
For example, a gigging musician may have it in the back of a van with lots of other gear.
Itís all too easy for an odd shaped item like a drum or cymbal stand to do some damage even if itís in a well padded cover. A proper hard case is what is needed here. Or you might just need minimal protection and something light and convenient to carry to your lesson or ukulele club.
You may also want to consider:
Any ukulele left in reach of Children and/or animals need careful consideration for its protection.
The ability to lock the case can be useful in certain circumstances- for example when you want to stop children getting their hands on your ukulele, but in most cases does not help much with security as anyone intent on stealing your ukulele will just take the case as well.
If you have to walk a fair distance with it regularly, weight and itís ability to repel water may also be an issue. Some soft cases can be sprayed with a water repellent to assist in keeping the ukulele dry. Or if you think you might be caught out in a heavy shower, take a large plastic bag to put over the ukulele case or cover. Many ukulele cases and covers are water resistant but not many are waterproof- water tends to find its way in through zips, lid joins etc.
How you prefer to carry the case is also important, you can choose from a handle, shoulder strap or wearing it backpack style.
Do you need to stack the case? If so, a traditional hard case is often best.
Is your ukulele a standard size and shape? If it's not, a bag might be the only choice or at least an easier choice. If you need or prefer a hard case, just make sure that the case you are ordering will fit. Don't assume that this just means ordering between a soprano, concert, tenor or baritone ukulele case. You can do this either by checking measurments or by taking the ukulele into the shop and trying it. You will find useful internal measurments of cases in the section 'Ukulele cases and Bags' on the Courtney and Walker site. (there's a link to this at the bottom of the page).
What other bits and pieces do you carry with your ukulele- do you need to get these in the bag or case? Or perhaps you are happy to take these separately.
Courtney and Walker supply a huge range of choice for all types of ukulele.
Click here to go to the Courtney & Walker section on Ukulele Cases & Bags