Best Overall Hard Case
The Bam France 1001S cello case provides your cello with unsurpassed protection. This hard case is built to withstand damage from travel and abuse that most cases would fail to protect. In addition, this hard case is one of the lightest on this list at 11.9 pounds.
Weighs 11.9 lbs
Super Tough ABS Shell
Best Fiberglass Hard Case
The Bobelock 2000W is the perfect hard cello case for any beginner or intermediate player. It is solid enough to stand a good beating yet affordable enough for most cellists. This is a very popular hard cello case brand.
Two bow holders
Best Flight Case
Another BAM cello case, but this one is specifically designed for flight. The BAM Flight Cover will fit over most other hard cello cases to provide an additional level of protection to your cello when flying.
Fits most cello cases
1. Bam France 1001S
The Bam France 1001S cello hard case is our favorite cello case by far. It is extremely durable and lightweight making it great for carrying your cello back and forth from school. The case also features shoulder straps so that you can carry the cello easily on your back.
The only downside to this cello case is the price. At about $700, this cello case runs a little more expensive than most other hard cello cases, but the quality manufacturing is worth it. You don’t want to end up with a busted cello because you dropped it too hard.
For flights, you can also buy Bam France Flight Cover which gives your cello additional protection. The France 1001S case fits snuggly into the flight cover so that your cello has the ultimate protection.
2. Bam France New Tech 1002NW
Another hard case by Bam, the Bam France Newtech 1002NW hard cello case is definitely one of the most popular cello cases. It is extremely durable, comfortably fits a full-size cello, and contains a ton of storage space.
The whole case only weighs 12.5 lbs making it extremely portable. If you’re looking for a cello case that is more durable than the Crossrock cello case mentioned below but has a similar style, we highly recommend checking out the Bam New Tech case.
3. Merano CC200 Cello Case
The Merano CC200 cello case is a great beginner’s hard cello case. While not the sturdiest case on this list, the price is hard to argue with. Merona makes the lowest-cost hard cello case which fits its brand image as a beginner cello brand.
This hard case features everything the beginner cellist needs in a hard case including two bow holders, a pocket for sheet music, and adjustable shoulder straps. The main complaints about this cello case are that it may not fit all full-size cellos so you may have to return it if it does not fit your cello. Thank goodness for free returns by Amazon!
4. Travelite TL-20 Deluxe Cello Case
This is one of the best options for flying with your cello. The Travelite TL-20 cello case is not only inexpensive at less than $200, but also durable enough to protect most cellos during flight. While we don’t recommend using this case for professional-grade cellos (use the BAM Flight Case mentioned above), it serves as a great option for most other cellos. The case has amazing protection considering it only weighs 9.8lbs.
The cello case is filled with lightweight high-grade foam and covered in heavy-duty ballistic nylon. The interior is lined with plush blue-grey velour and has room for two bows. It also contains a hygrometer to measure humidity and shoulder straps for easy carrying.
5. Crossrock CRF1000CEFN Cello Case
Another great hard cello case. The Crossrock case comes with everything the cases above have, but it also includes an easy handle for wheeling the case around. It is also durable enough to withstand 300lbs of pressure. Additionally, it’s extremely water resistant so you can feel safe that if you get stuck in a torrential downpour, your cello will be perfectly fine.
A favorite among Amazon shoppers, the cello case certainly features a lot for its price. The cello case is lined with crushed red velvet with a detachable protect cushion. The exterior of the case is made from fiberglass which is unusual for a cello case priced so low.
6. Bellafina ABS Cello Case
Another great beginner hard cello case, the Bellafina ABS Cello Case comes with shoulder straps, accessory pocket, and wheels. The entire case is heavily padded and the package comes in at less than $150. The only downside to this cello case is the weight. It comes in at a little over 20lbs.
Whichever hard cello case you end up choosing, make sure you test it before you trust it with your valuable instrument. Don’t just trust the case for flights before you have fully tested the cello at home. Most cello cases are very similar with the main differences being in weight and pressure rating. Both of these traits ultimately influence the price of the cello case which is why cases with better pressure ratings and less weight tend to be more expensive.
How you transport your cello most frequently will influence which case you buy. If you want a case that can withstand flights, get the BAM Flight Cover above. If you’re looking for a case that’s extremely lightweight, the Accord case is your best bet. Figure out what your main priority in a case is before you purchase your case.