By far the most impressive, the Musafia Master Series is every musicians dream . (Strings magazine) In 1986, after three years of building violin cases and several hundred sold, Mr. Musafia felt he was ready to design and build a case to compete with the best the world had to offer: the case was called the MASTER SERIES. To measure up to the great names that were then housing violins by the likes of Stradivari and Guarneri, no effort was spared. While a Luxury model case had basically three structural components in the bottom, the MASTER SERIES had no less than 11, each one painstakingly bonded (some with bolted-through steel L-reinforcements) to create a case of exceptional strength. The padding follows the shape of the instrument closely to restrain it from excessive movement in case of impact, and multiple accessory boxes add utility. The MASTER SERIES was likewise the first Musafia case to be equipped with full instrument suspension and humidifier (in 1988). Mr. Musafias efforts were rewarded when many of the worlds greatest concert artists, such as Isaac Stern, began to choose this model, but moreover high-level violin dealers, foundations and museums did so as well. Some of the instruments for which a MASTER SERIES case was made include, but are not limited to: Stradivari 1715 Il Cremonese ex-Joachim, Guarneri del Gesů 1742 The Cannon ex-Paganini, Stradivari 1717 Firebird – ex-Saint-Xupé ry, Stradivari 1727 Holroyd, Guarneri filius Andrea 1689 Quarestani, Stradivari 1725 Chaconne , Brothers Amati 1615 Stauffer , Guarneri del Gesů 1738 Emperor , Andrea Amati 1566 Charles IX of France, Niccolň Amati 1658 Hammerle, Guarneri del Gesů 1729 Stretton , Stradivari 1721 Sinsheimer , Stradivari 1734 Scotland University , and many others. In 2013 the MASTER SERIES was subjected to its first major redesign. On the violin models the instrument is more centrally-placed to offer greater protection from bumps, while the shape of the impact-absorbing foam filler on all models was likewise refined to provide greater protection in case of fore-and-aft movement. The accessory boxes became asymmetric to increase room for accessories and they also gained a bottom lining in Fleur-de-Lys paper, elegant and plasticized to guarantee a long life. Of course, its not necessary to own a Stradivari or a del Gesu to appreciate the security offered by a MASTER SERIES, as even normal instruments – and players – will benefit by the security and peace of mind that this model provides. The lid is graced by two strips of hand-polished cherrywood burlwood, finished with six coats of traditional gumlack prepared in the workshop. It can probably safely be said that the MASTER SERIES is one of the most distinctive and carefully-made cases available today.Continuum High Tensile 6-ply laminate construction with monolithical impact absorbing structure. EnCase construction feature with improved resistance to side impact. New anti-intrusion bottom panel enhances protection against blunt force. Replaceable CorduraŽ nylon waterproof cover with full-sized music pouch, padded on underside. YKK zippers. TeflonŽ treatment to reduce wear and scuffs. Larger music pocket. Interior fully-lined and padded with truly finest glove-quality Italian leather and satin. Spring-loaded locking bow holders. Rosin dust-resistant bow ribbons with Stradivari Sunrise inlay motif. Cherrywood burl trim. Photo retaining ribbons. Musafia hygrometer – humdifier system with new, highly effective Dimus II multi-filament humidifier. Thermometer. Padded blanket and string tube. Two carrying straps for normal and backpack use, including rugged through-bolted carrying strap attachments. Oversized, comfortable leather padded handle. Subway handle. Sekur double-action safety lock. Lifetime warranty maintenance service and replacement parts always available.