(Date Posted:21/10/2007 21:50)
Ian Woledge might be a possibility, if he's still building... I've got his e-mail round here somewhere, but he should be contactable via Saul Rose... Ian is a box player too, so knows how to construct a melodeon flight case from scratch (rather than just adapt something like a record case).
I got mine off him via eBay, around three/four years back - Ian actually does make his own cases, but he'd decided to commission a job lot of big melodeon cases (to snugly fit a Corona/Handry) from a third party, made from phenolic faced ply (like they use on lorry decks).
Trouble was, there was only so much room in his garage, and the minimum order was somewhat excessive... so he was using eBay to clear them out. I gather he sold a few to Rees Wesson - so Rees might have one or two left...
Ian told me that Saul's got one of these commissioned cases, and John Spiers has got (at least) one. He also told me it was either Saul or John who took great delight in alarming the punters by placing an expensive melodeon in said case, closing it up, and violently jumping up and down on top of it...
Honestly, these cases are as tough as old boots - built to survive a direct hit from a steam hammer. Anyhow, if you manage to get hold of one of Ian's creations, great. If not, phenolic faced ply is the thing I'd recommend...
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