The AETERNUM Series 5, new for 2021, is the latest refinement of the AETERNUM concept. In 1999 Dimitri Musafia designed the original AETERNUM violin case, an innovative re-interpretation of the classic violin case of the early 1700s. Starting with the straight-sided, rounded-end design that experts think may have been invented by no less than Antonio Stradivari, the violin was placed at a slant to make more room available for accessories. While maintaining the basic shape of the previous case versions, curved load-bearing partitions add grace, strength, and further increase room for accessories.
The violin is surrounded by thick padding and high-density foam filler to help protect the violin or viola from impact in all directions, with an additional safety case frame to further protect the scroll and neck. Roomy accessory compartments with brass-hinged lids offer space for shoulder rests, mutes, tuning fork, etc. String packed may be secured by an elastic under the violin scroll. Violin safety is enhanced by structural load-bearing crosswise partitions, with bolted-through steel L-reinforcements, mated to the trademark Musafia monolithic impact absorbing system and a case anti-intrusion bottom panel.
Kevlar®, better than steel by weight, is widely used as a structural reinforcement, which actually makes the case lighter: again, an important Musafia first. Minimal linear surfaces provide further strength.
The exceptionally plush interior, with deep quilted padding, is fully lined in exquisite velvet plush and suede-like Royale for a stylish two-tone effect. Specially-milled ivory-color bow ribbons (treated to resist rosin dust) feature a jacquard weave which reproduces the inlay of the 1677 “Sunrise” Stradivari. The case lid is further graced by two strips of hand-polished cherrywood burl, finished with six coats of traditional violin makers’ gumlack, prepared in the workshop. A small but thoughtful touch is represented by the presence of ribbons to retain photographs in the lid without damage.
The overall effect is of utility and modernity, but with just enough classic detailing and handwork to make it truly special. Fully hand-made in limited numbers by Dimitri Musafia and his assistants in Cremona, the AETERNUM remains a timeless case design for an ever-changing world.
The Aureum version of the AETERNUM series 5 reaches an almost incredible level of style, quality and detail with softest Italian leather lining, contrasting stripe bottom padding (similar to that in the Enigma), "Sunrise" pattern satin lining, and as a final touch - 14 discreetly situated Swarovski crystals to hide otherwise visible screw heads (if preferred: the crystals can be deleted).
Design your own Musafia violin case and personalize it according to your needs and as you like it.