Today I was in Southampton, where there is branch of Hobgoblin Music. Hobgoblin have a fantastic range of acoustic instruments but my wife wasn't feeling too good so I only stayed long enough for my stated purpose, which was to buy a mandolin case or gig bag. They did have a very nice plush-lined case but at £90 I was informed it would cost more than my mandolin (a gift from my wife) which cost £60 some years ago. So I settled for a Viking mandolin gig bag at £35.
Features a decent amount of padding, back straps and a couple of pouches for bits and pieces. I'd still like to try a more expensive mandolin to see if it plays any better than mine.
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