Introducing the new bouzouki cases
The first case is a full octave teardrop case suitable for all bouzoukis
and citterns with a lower bout width of up to fifteen and a quarter inches,
leaving 10mm or a little less than a half-inch around the body of the
The two largest sets of templates used to produce this design were a
large-bodied 10-string cittern by Stefan Sobell and a 10-string Hullah
provided very kindly by Brad McEwen of Cambridge Ontario. The production of
the prototype shells and moulds was done by my mouldmaker, Allan Crow from a
base plug done by me in MDF. He takes what I do basically and makes it work.
The body contours have been carved to produce deep draft angles along the
case edges and the top and bottom sections of the body of the case are
deeply arched, giving great strength without the need for major amounts of
glassfibre reinforcement. The case is weighing in at around
10lbs / 4½ kilos.
I'm calling this case the TD™ - teardrop model. More photos to be added as
we progress into the year & the seasons change. This photo was taken
after a couple of days of hard frost produced a crust of ice on the loch
(Loch Tummel). Click on photo to enlarge.