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"We aren't rich enough to afford cheap things."

     (Alexander Musafia, scholar of philosophy)


In these difficult times, Musafia Cremona Italy cases can be seen as an investment.



Dear Musicians...

Right now the world is going through a pretty bad economic crisis. If you need a new violin case right now, you may be thinking of how to save money on your purchase, or how to make your money go a long way, rather than luxury or prestige.

If you want to save money, consider purchasing a Musafia case. Here's why.

1) INSTRUMENT PROTECTION: It's rather obvious that a case made to the highest standards of instrument safety is the equivalent of an insurance policy for your instrument. Accidents can happen, and if you have your violin in a properly-designed and built case, chances are that you'll save money on costly repairs if something does happen.

2) LIFETIME WARRANTY, PARTS, AND MAINTENANCE SERVICE: The after-sales service we offer for Musafia Cremona Italy cases is considered by many to be the best in the business. This means that when your case starts to show wear, we can recondition it for a fraction of the cost of a new case, making it last pretty much indefinitely. You may never have to buy a new case again!

3) RESALE VALUE/1: The cost of an object is the purchase price minus resale value. Most violin cases have very little resale value, if they have any at all. Musafia Cremona Italy cases, on the other hand, enjoy a guaranteed trade-in value** of 33% of the original purchase price of the case if in reasonably good condition. How many other case manufacturers buy their own cases back? So right away you can consider you're getting a 1/3-off discount! But this is only half of the story.

4) RESALE VALUE/2: If you maintain your Musafia case with care, it'll be worth much more if you decide to sell it. One of our customers sold his 4-year-old Enigma case on eBay for $1,200, which wasn't that much less than what he paid for it. Another early Enigma case was recently sold for $1,599, which was the list price when it was new!  That meant that this case cost the original customer... nothing.


This early 2004 Enigma case sold for the same price it cost new, almost five years later!


So, let's make a quick, simple calculation here. Let's say you're a professional violinist living in the U.S.A. and you purchase a 2009 Musafia Master Series Classic, which costs $ 1,199. What will it cost you over ten years?

Original purchase price:             $ 1,199

Tax credit*:                                     - 335

Guaranteed trade-in value**:          - 395

Total:                                              $ 469   ... or $46.90 per year - less than 13 cents a day.

* Ballpark figure considering Internal Revenue Code section 179 deduction based upon a married taxpayer filing a joint return with gross income below $130,000. Actual deduction will vary from person to person and some limitations apply. For an accurate evaluation of your possible savings please contact your CPA.

** Trade-in value toward the purchase of a new, un-discounted Musafia Cremona Italy case of equal or greater value. Some restrictions may apply.


The above figure assumes that after ten years of use the case is in need of some reconditioning and you want to trade it in for a new one. If, on the other hand, it was particularly well-kept and can be sold as-is, then it's residual value can be much higher, and the total cost correspondingly less. Or - you might want to have it reconditioned and keep it another 10 years. We have plenty of customers who still use their Musafia cases from the 1980's, and these musicians have completely amortized the purchasing price years ago.

Is 13 cents per day an excessive amount to spend to keep your violin protected in safety and style? To put this into perspective, a subscription to the L.A. Times will cost you triple this figure. Think about it. 

Thank you for your attention.

Dimitri Musafia

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