From the original A and F styles created in 1900 to the iconic F5, Gibson Mandolins have maintained its tenure as the standard by which many others are still compared to.
Former head luthier of Gibson Mandolins, Bruce Weber has made a name for his own range in models of eight stringed instruments since 1977.
The tight-knit team at Northfield Music draw from years of experience to build consistent & quality Mandolins that are greater than the sum of its parts.
For his personal dedication to details and his craft, Austin-based founder Bill Collings is regarded as one of the most respected names among acoustic instrumentalists.
Individually Handcrafted using traditional methods and premium tonewoods, Qian Ni and a team of luthiers work collectively to produce astounding F and A Mandolins.
Carbon fiber mandolins that can resist changes in temperature and humidity, while still delivering consistent resonant, clear and projective tones.
Waterloo is a part of the Collings family tree. Mandolins modeled after depression era Flat backed mandolins, harnessing soulful tone and clear distinguished voice of the era.
Integrating a dedicated hand carved workshop in China in 2012, Kentucky has again raised the bar on the standards of their quality instruments.
One of Fret Magazine’s top 5 builders alive, Tom Ellis’ voice and quality of construction are abundant in every mandolin he makes.
With a background in custom furniture, Pava Knezevic’s instruments are widely recognized for their beautiful tonal quality and hand inlay work.
Distinctive and stunning design straight from downunder, Stephen Gilchrist has been building small batches of Mandolins and Archtops for over 40 years.
Based on the legendary Stradivarius violin, Don MacRostie fuses historic designs with his own 40 years of mandolin study.
Cedar Mountain Mandolins
Beautiful Mandolins based on Gibson Loar design with a twist.
Lawrence Smart Instruments
For 3 decades now, Lawrence Smart has imbued every mandolin with an unrivaled sense of style and care.
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Your Mandolin will stay in tune and stay safe in transit. The neck support positions the headstock floating in the center of the sturdy shell.
Completely Custom Cases
Calton Cases are famous for custom fit and we also offer custom style. A Wide variety of exterior and interior finishes allow you to customize your case to match your style.
Calton Case interiors are custom cut to the specific model. The protective soft foam and velvet interior hug the contour of the mandolin body.
All Models Welcomed
Our Mandolin Hard Cases can accommodate nearly any make and model. We make case for top brands like Gibson, Eastman, and Collings. We also support boutique brands like Ellis, Glichrist and Cedar Mountain. If you have a one-off custom we can make a case for that too.
PROTECTION IS WHAT WE DO
Our reinforced and reliable fiberglass shell offers layer upon layer of security and protection for everything from punctures and impacts to weather and temperature.
Calton Cases maintain interior humidity for at least 72 hours, even when external humidity rises or falls by 40%.
When exposed to rapid temperature change, case maintains a gradual increase or decrease in internal temperature for up to 90 min.
Drops, falls and stage dives don't stand a chance: your instrument is secure for impacts from up to 9 ft.
Sturdy steel latches surrounded by snug, durable rubber bumpers ensure your latches can take the abuse, stay shut and last in every environment.
Life aboard a touring van is a dangerous place for a guitar. So is being under one: our advanced design and quality materials are made to withstand up to 1100 lbs of pressure.
ANATOMY OF A CALTON
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- Reinforced Multi-Layer Fiberglass Shell
- Premium Velvet Interior
- Nickel Plated Steel Latches and D-rings
- Rubber Latch Bumpers and Corner Bumpers
- Nylon Shoulder Strap
- Hand Stitched Leather Handle
- Made in the USA in Austin, TX
- Custom fit for the specified instrument
- Road-ready latches protected by rubber bumpers
- Padded pick box for storage
- Neck guide suspends headstock in case
- D-rings and shoulder strap for carrying (optional backpack straps)
- Wide range of finishes to match your style
- Crush Resistance
Cases can withstand up to 1100 lbs of pressure.
- Drop Protection
Your instrument is kept safe in drops up to 9 ft.
- Temperature Testing
Case maintains a gradual increase or decrease in internal temperature for up to 90 minutes.
- Humidity Testing
Case maintains an ideal 50% interior humidity amid changes of external temperature from 30°F-105°F.
"Phenomenal cases. Best I have ever seen! Completely customized exactly the way I wanted it."
"I just finished backing over my Martin guitar with my van like a moron. Thank goodness it was safely tucked into its Calton case. Case needs hinge repaired, guitar is still perfect."
"These folks refined a wonderful case with informed insight, real value, and great attention to customers. I have more orders in the plan. Great work."
"Calton Cases are handmade in downtown Austin, Texas by a group of dedicated professionals who are committed to providing an excellent product to their customers, and to being a contributing part of the Austin community. They are making incredible cases that will protect your investments in prized musical instruments, and they are super friendly. I had a great visit to their shop when I purchased my case for my Gibson ES335, which is amazing. I strongly recommend protecting your investment with one of these terrific cases."
"I just flew today with my guitar. It was reassuring to know I had my precious instrument secure in the strongest possible case on the market. I own several other brands of cases but it was a no brainer on which case to fly with. Calton all the way."
"I have two Caltons for two of my lifetime guitars. They are both very secure and perfect fitting, super durable, and I couldn't be happier… Can\'t recommend them enough. The peace of mind I have with them is totally worth it."
"I was one of the people that thought Calton Cases were too expensive, that is until I bought a guitar that required a special made case. After looking through my options, I decided to take the dive. After getting the case and witnessing the craftsmanship firsthand, I was a fan. I now own two cases and have experienced one very rough handling on a flight. The airline managed to gouge and scrape the case and obviously dropped it in the process. The case cleaned up well and my irreplaceable guitar was left unharmed. Thank you, Calton for your dedication to keeping our instruments safe."
"I get more comments these days on my cases than the guitars that are in them! They bring me great enjoyment to me and I feel fortunate to have a connection with such a great company. I highly recommend them and have fun picking out your case!"
WHERE CAN I BUY A CALTON CASE?
If you see the shield you know you're at a licensed distributor who is safe-guarding with Calton Cases. To find us, here are a few simple options:
- You can buy directly from us through our website. All of our options and customizations are available 24/7 online.
- You can call our Sales Team at 512-410-0303 and they can take your order over the phone.
- We also are partnered and proud to work with a select number of dealers and luthiers who are knowledgeable about our cases. Find your Dealer or Contact
DOES CALTON MAKE A CASE TO FIT MY "SUPER-SPECIAL, ONE-OF-A-KIND INSTRUMENT"?
Truthfully, the answer is "sometimes." We try to meet the needs of every musician so if we have not made one for an instrument like yours before, then we will likely need a measurement form filled out along with a tracing to give you an answer. We want everyone to have the case that best protects their instrument which is why we only design for instruments we know we have the means to comprehensively protect to the degree we're known for.
HOW ARE CALTON CASES MADE?
Utilizing hundreds of templates and a vast selection of molds, we tailor each of our fiberglass cases to the exact specifications of your instrument. For instruments we haven't previously encountered, we'll ask you to provide measurements and custom fit our products to your unique instrument. For over 50 years, we've earned a reputation for perfection unmatched in the industry. Without giving away too many secrets, here is how Calton Cases are made:
- The hand-laid exterior fiberglass shell is built as durable tops, bottoms, and side walls of each case.
- The fiberglass shell is trimmed to a specific depth.
- Latches, bumpers, protective feet, and a handle are added.
- The interior is built from flexible foam and velvet using templates.
- With 5 stages of quality control inspection points, every square inch of your case is meticulously examined to ensure your product meets our standards.
- The case is cleaned inside and out. then we add your label with a new serial number and ship it to you.
WHAT DOES THE CALTON CASES WARRANTY COVER?
Calton Cases International will replace or repair any product, or part of the product that proves defective due to improper workmanship and/or material, while under normal use, service and maintenance. This lifetime limited warranty is for the original purchaser. Please be sure to keep your original sales receipt, as this is needed to process any warranty claim. Full warranty
Calton Cases International will replace or repair any product, or part of the product that proves defective due to improper workmanship and/or material, while under normal use, service and maintenance. This lifetime limited warranty is for the original purchaser. Please be sure to keep your original sales receipt, as this is needed to process any warranty claim.