The photo above
is probably enough by itself - it's difficult to add much to
the value of this image. But when that concert artist
smashed his Guadagnini a few months ago because he simply
fell on the famous-make case containing it, causing $120,000
worth of damage, he claimed that, in his opinion no case
would have protected his precious violin in those
no, perhaps yes.
violin sufficiently when someone falls upon the case is
difficult, but not impossible. The case has to resist to an
impact which is equivalent to his body weight (say, 80 kg.
/175 lbs.) multiplied by a factor which represents the speed
of the impact.
A Musafia Luxury Ultralight supporting the weight of an
automobile, now that's an achievement. The reason we didn't
choose for this test an Enigma or a Master Series was just
to prove that safety doesn't have to come at the expense of
weight... or even expense in it's own right.
For years I've
heard horror stories of cases being flattened by
automobiles, and thought that this was the new frontier.
After all, accidents can happen, why not try to prevent
them, or reduce the damage they can cause? So we started
with our lightest-weight oblong case, made of
precision-milled wood laminate (no techno-plastics), and
tweaked a few design features to maximum effect. That's
right, this is an ordinary Musafia case with the addition of
what is basically a high-protection option anyone can order.
The designed resistance
in this configuration is increased from the normal 130 kg.
to 200 kg. (440 lbs.), but as you can see it is easily
Once the automobile was removed from atop the case, the
case was opened and inspected, resulting completely
undamaged - click on the photo for a larger image and see
record: we have on file all the photos preceding, during,
and following this test as well as the signed affidavit of
the third party who assisted us. Photos are guaranteed
authentic and not retouched or "Photoshopped". In fact, we
will probably put this case up for sale, complete with the
tiremark, as a ...demo!
Now, I am not advocating that
everyone try running over their Musafia cases with their
cars to see what will happen. The test we undertook was done
in controlled conditions in order to have scientific value,
the case had new design features, and while representing a
certifiable result this does not mean that all other Musafia
cases offer this extreme protection. Yet.
I wonder if that concert
artist realizes he could have saved over $119,000 had he
been using this case..?