To invest in the best French Horn case you can get your hands is just common sense.
After all, your French Horn case is the main barrier between your horn and any nasty bumps, dints, scrapes and scratches. None of which do wonders for its aesthetics or its value. Important stuff, especially when you consider that the Best French Horns cost well into the £1000s! Not to mention what a neglected horn says about you as a player…
Put it this way, if we were looking to hire a French Hornist and they turned up with a horn covered in dints and scratches, we’d almost instantly scratch them off our shortlist. Why? Because the way you as a musician treat your equipment says an awful lot about your attitude. Not only that but it could affect your sound too. When the way a French Horns play can be influenced by the level of lacquer or its cleanliness, a great big dint or scuff is surely going to impact how it plays.
And we know it sounds petty, but there is some real theatre about extracting a horn from its case in-front of a potential client. Theatre that instantly makes you appear more professional. Let’s face it, we shouldn’t judge on first impressions – but we do! So as you can imagine, finding a case that’s both practical and professional is a serious matter. One that we’re here to help you solve. Read on and we’ll reveal the top 10 French Horn cases for sale today + even more about why a French Horn case is SO worth it!
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The best French Horn cases @ a glance…
13 of the best french horn cases you can buy
French Horn cases are more varied than you’d think! When it comes to ways to protect your French Horn, you generally have 2 options: invest in a hard case that’s very much geared towards ultimate protection. Or a gig bag, that offers and adequate level of protection, but is a lot more practical and compact.
Then consider that there’s various types of gig bags as well as hard cases to wrap your head around, and suddenly something as simple as a case, has you going boss-eyed and asking 10,000 questions. So to make your life easier & prevent us from having to answer all 10,000 of those questions, we’ve done all the legwork for you. Which is the best French horn case, you ask? Read on to find out…
Best French Horn cases (hard cases for ultimate protection)
If you’re after a solid barrier between your horn & the elements, then a hardcase (like these) are the way to go. Not only are they tough & incredibly durable, but they also last the longest & offer the best protection against water & damp. As an hornist will know… excess moisture is NOT good news for instrument health!
So if that all sounds good, keep reading to discover some of the best French Horn cases for ultimate protection…
1: Crossrock ABS moulded hard case
2: Crossrock moulded fibreglass horn case
3: Gator GC-french horn case
4: Stagg SC-FH french horn case
Best French Horn gig bags (more ‘on the go’ friendly)
If you generally take good care of your horn, then a gig bag is most likely all the protection you need. By that we mean if you don’t have other people handing it at an airport or your child using it as a goalpost during their lunch break, then chances are, it’ll suffice.
In which case, here’s a speedy rundown of the best French Horn gig bags we could find…
5: Protec MX316CT Max contoured horn case
6: Champion Cases CHCFHOR1 french horn case
7: ProTec french horn bag (padded backpack straps)
8: Exceart Waterproof french horn carry bag
9: Deluxe french horn case by Gear4Music
10: Gator Rigid lightweight french horn case
Best French horn case for travelling hornists
As any travelling horn player already knows, French horns aren’t exactly the lightest of hand luggage.
Not to mention bulky & fragile too. Taking a French Horn on a plane especially, can be for a musician, quite the stressful experience. Let’s just say that luggage handlers at airports aren’t exactly kind to suitcases. And it’s much the same when taking a Horn on the train, bus or piling it into the back of a tour van. Precisely why for travelling hornists, having a case that’s geared specifically towards protection & toughness is a wise idea.
Hence why if you’re looking to make life on the road that bit easier, we’d consider this tough French Horn case…. (oh, & did we mention – it’s also on wheels!)
11: Protec IPAC IP316SB french horn case
Best cheap French Horn case you can buy…
A small budget doesn’t have to mean you sacrifice your horn’s safety & go without a French Horn case; no horn deserves to be naked. And while of course, opting for a cheaper case may mean you have to be more careful, at the very least it serves as a barrier between your instrument & the elements. speaking of which, there’s actually quite a good selection of budget French horn cases out there, ranging from gig bags & backpacks to hard cases.
So, if we had limited £$€ & a French horn desperately in need of protection, here’s the case we’d put our trust in…
12: JC Thick Oxford Cloth waterproof gig bag
Here’s the best French Horn case for newbies (beginner’s bundle)
In the case you’re a new to the French horn, you may not have even bought an instrument yet.
Wise choice, as not all cases fit every Horn. Aside from size & shape, there’s also details like whether it’s a screw-bell or not to take into consideration. All of which means that you may actually be better off buying your horn & case as one package. That way you know the horn fits the case & thus, does its job. Something that can save you a lot of time & hassle… no one likes paying return postage, especially on bulky items!
So if this sounds like you, then then we’d say this is the best French horn case/ instrument combo to get you started…
13: Montreux Sonata mini french horn (with gig bag)
Which french horn case is the best? Our editor’s choice…
Choosing a French Horn case isn’t just a snap decision. With there being that many ways to protect your French Horn (from gig bags to hard cases), making the right choice can be quite a task. Even for music fanatics like us, it was no easy feat. Hence why we’ve split our verdict into two parts: the best French Horn hard case & the best French Horn gig bag. So without further ado…
Best French horn hard case = Crossrock ABS moulded French Horn case
Safe to say if you’re after a hard case for your French Horn, then the ABS case made by Crossrock is the way to go. That’s because this French Horn case does everything a hard case should, yet comes in at substantially less than its (more pricey) fibreglass alternative. For one of those, you’ll be looking to pay over £100 more! And that’s what really stood out to us about this case. While it’s not the cheapest hard case on this list, it’s superb value!
Being ABS, this case is rugged from the outside, be it rested on its side or stood upright. Compared to a gig bag then, the ABS is substantially more protective, as it prevents any sharp corners or sudden knocks from intruding into the space where your horn sits. So rest assured your horn should remain safe. Ideal if you’re a professional who’s stashing your horn in the back of a tour bus or if you’re the mother & father of an erratic student. By that we mean the type to use their horn case as a goalpost in the playground.
Aside from being rugged on the outside though, inside the Crossrock is equally as smart. The amount of high density padding in this case is sensational, as is that soft blue fabric that lines the case too. For any Horn, this is very much a pleasant place to be. And in the end, that’s what’s important in a French Horn case – how well it protects your horn. So while you could upgrade to an even more lux fibreglass version, if you ask us, this ABS case is more than enough.
Saying that though, if you’re a casual player or just have the budget to spend on such protection, then a French Horn gig bag may be more up your street. In which case, here’s our pick…
Best French Horn gig bag = Protec MX316CT MAX Contoured French Horn Case
As far as gig bags go, for us this is the pinnacle. That’s because really this is a whole lot more than ‘just a gig bag’. While you cab buy cheap French Horn gig bags for as little as £70, we’d be tempted to call this more of a ‘gig bag case’. Reason being that from the outside it does look very much like a gig bag. However, once you get to know this case, you soon realise it’s a whole lot more.
In comparison to cheaper gig bags, the Protec is more rigid and uses what is (as far as we can tell) a higher density foam. The lining of the case is also super soft. The kind of soft that you find hard not to stroke. The space for the horn is nice and tight too. Pit this against cheaper gig bags and you’ll soon see the Protec tends to have a firmer hold. In other words, keep your horn more secure.
But what really stole the show for us is that this gig bag is shock resistant. All of which means that in most ‘perilous’ situations it actually does the job of a hard case. And if lightness is a concern then this gig bag may actually be better. Weighing in at just under 2kgs, it’s also one of the lightest gig bags you can get! Team this with those backpack-style straps and for any student or ‘on the go’ musician, it’s ideal.
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Or if your heart’s set on a French Horn case, keep reading to discover even more about why French Horn accessories like this are SO essential…