Jim, as I have no pipes running above my 'tina, I was rather fearing raging dogs, angry cats and - as to meetings - stumbling concertinists.
And I have the fate of a friend's Wheatstone Anglo in mind, which he was carrying in a rucksack onto which he unfortunately fell just on his way to a meeting... (fortunately "only" destroying the bellows, and of course spoiling the meeting for him).
Best wishes - Wolf
P.S.: The fit for my Wheatstone is very tight, so there's not much padding, but it's firmly sitting in its place, bellows closed, and shielded against any blunt violence...
Generally, I believe in specific kinds of cases for specific uses.
For Morris, I prefer a very well padded soft case, since the major hazard is getting jostled in a crowded pub, bumped against a pillar or dropped from a table. I have several super padded camera cases with rigid plastic inserts that will protect instruments against dropping. For Morris tours when I need multiple instruments (most of them, actually), I prefer a moderately padded soft backpack camera case. with those, I need to be more careful with the instruments, but I just can't walk around all day with a heavy case in each hand.
For stationary gigs, I like hard cases. The Jowaisas case is outstanding: super strong, looks good, etc. I think Greg makes the best traditional concertina cases. But I am moving to the Pelican Storms because my biggest worry (with good cause ) is water: burst plumbing, roof leaks, etc.. I'm trading extreme cushioning and traditional appearance for waterproofing.
My own view is that there's no perfect solution. A great hard case with limited padding won't do a lot of good if it falls off a table and hits a tile floor; my super-padded soft case will. The soft case isn't waterproof, tho, and it might be a big problem if someone steps on it. The Pelican provides great water protection, but much less protection against severe jarring, like when you run into a wall.
Maybe it's overkill, but I use different cases in different situations, and try to exercise caution.
Edited by Jim Besser, 16 November 2017 - 02:55 PM.