22 Best Alto Saxophone Cases 2023, Lighter Protection For Students & Pros Alike
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If you plan to carry your instrument from lesson studio to home, gig to studio, or even from one city to another, you need a case.
So, as an alto sax player, you need a case too.
The good news? There are a ton of options to choose from.
The bad news? It’s hard to whittle down your options!
So, in this guide, we review 22 of the best alto sax cases for students and pros alike.
BAM (France) Cabine Alto Saxophone Case
The most expensive alto saxophone case on the list is this one – BAM (France) Cabine.
Sturdy in appearance, this case is made of anti-shock textured ABS shell. There are other ABS cases on this list, however, so it is worth doing a bit of comparison shopping if this is what you’re after.
This case also comes with neoprene anti-slip backpack straps secured with removable security screw hooks.
The BAM promises an airtight seal and soft-touch latches with key. If you’re planning to travel with your instrument, this seems like a solid option to consider.
Per buyers, this is a great lightweight case. Some were a little worried about the latches breaking open (could be irrational fear based on how much they value their instrument) and noted that the key is small and easy to lose. Worth thinking about if you think this is the case for you.
Item weight: 4.41 lbs.
Package dimensions: 24.5 x 10 x 6.5 inches
Jean Paul USA Alto Saxophone Case (ACW-100)
The Jean Paul USA ACW-1000 is about half the price of the BAM (France) Carbine, but it still falls under the “premium” range of cases, all things considered.
The case features a water-resistant outer shell for extra protection. The backpackable case also comes with adjustable top handle and rolling in-line wheels, perfect for load-in/load-out.
Some of its best features of the Jean Paul USA professional grade alto saxophone case include the convenient rollers, and extra protection it offers.
The one thing to look out for is the case’s size. While many students found it to be a godsend, others said it wouldn’t fit in a locker. So just be mindful of where you plan to store your case/instrument, and you should be good to go.
Item weight: 11 lbs.
Package dimensions: 28.5 x 9.5 x 13.5 inches
Gator Cases GL-ALTOSAX-MPC Lightweight Polyfoam Alto Saxophone Case With Mouthpiece Storage
The attractive Gator Cases GL-ALTOSAX-MPC case has been built with lightweight, rigid nylon to ensure a sturdy exterior. You also get a rubberized carry handle, shoulder strap, accessory pockets in the front and back, EPS foam interior as well as mouthpiece holders.
They’ve certainly covered the bases with this form-fitting case, which should cut down on unwanted movement while your instrument is sitting inside
Some of its best features are its spacious accessory pockets, convenient over the shoulder carrying strap, durability, as well as the quality of the material.
Apparently, it’s a bit of a pros and cons situation, however, and the exterior can show some wear and tear over time. Some users also say the pockets would not hold their book or music folder and wished that the case would better accommodate everything. Always good to know.
Item weight: 7 lbs.
Package dimensions: 26.97 x 7.5 x 11.42 inches
Gator Cases GC-ALTO-RECT Lightweight Molded Alto Saxophone Case With Locking Latch And Plush Lined Interior
The Gator Cases GC-ALTO-RECT looks a little bulky (but sturdy) right off the get-go, but promises to be lightweight.
The case features an ABS construction, aluminum valence, through-bolted handle, chrome plated latches, and EPS interior. It also comes with D-rings if you want to add a shoulder strap (strap is included).
The best part about this case is its sturdiness, as well as the shoulder strap.
Some found issues with the latches, and others even said the case didn’t hold up over the long haul.
Interestingly, some users have taken to modifying the case (interior, latches, handle, etc.) and have found some success with making it into their ideal case.
Item weight: 5.7 lbs.
Package dimensions: 20 x 10 x 9 inches
Crossrock Alto Saxophone Case – Fiberglass Hardshell With Backpack Straps In Black
The Crossrock Alto saxophone case comes with a fiberglass outer shell, anti-slip backpack straps with metal buckles, padded interior with two accessory pockets, as well as a vinyl handle and three metal latches with key. The case promises to be flight ready, with a durable and compact design.
True to form, buyers generally found this to be a solid, lightweight, stylish case. And for them, it worked great on airplane rides too.
Others found their alto sax did not fit (always check reviews and dimensions before purchase), and even said you had to pick and choose what accessories and necessities to include in the case, as storage space was limited.
So, you may need to carry additional gear in a separate bag.
Item weight: 4.6 lbs.
Package dimensions: 26.4 x 10.6 x 7.1 inches
Protec PB304CT Alto Saxophone Contoured PRO PAC Case With Flute Pocket
The Protec PB304CT comes in multiple colors – Black, Blue, Green, and Red. Color, apparently, does affect price, however, so that’s something to be mindful of.
This case has all appearances of being an otherwise “normal” case, but it’s quite feature-rich. It comes with a lightweight wooden frame, 1680 ballistic nylon exterior, metal hardware, blue velvoa lining, neck and mouthpiece compartments, larger front pocket, and padded shoulder strap.
Overall, the case is sturdy and reliable, lightweight, features an attractive exterior, and can be great for travel as well.
Some buyers, however, mentioned their instrument or components fit a little too snugly in the case. And because of the placement of compartments, they found setup and teardown a longer process than desired.
Item weight: 6.17 lbs.
Package dimensions: 6.5 x 11 x 24 inches
Protec PB304 Alto Saxophone PRO PAC Case – Rectangular
The Protec PB304 PRO PAC case is another rectangular solution. It’s basically made of the same materials as the previously mentioned PB304CT, along with some of the same features as well.
The QuickLock function makes it possible for you to shut your empty case without zippering, and you can add a backpack strap for carrying. The front pocket has a built-in organizer as well as interior sleeves for smaller items.
The good – the case offers solid protection and construction on the inside and out. Many players found it fit their instrument perfectly.
It wasn’t perfect for every instrument or every player mind you, so it’s always worth checking reviews before going ahead with the purchase.
Item weight: 6 lbs.
Package dimensions: 24.75 x 10.5 x 6.5 inches
SKB Alto Sax Rectangular Case
The SKB Alto sax rectangular case features a robust-looking exterior and a no-frills feature set. It comes with inset rubber feet, back plate to protect hardware, molded-in bumpers for valance protection, and accessory storage.
Many users found the case fit their instrument perfectly (although some said it doesn’t work with vintage saxes). Others liked that it was stylish and durable.
Some were worried that the case was a little too lightweight and weren’t sure whether it would hold up over the long haul. We have no reason to believe it wouldn’t, but as always, recommend doing a bit of your own homework if you’re concerned.
Item weight: 5.94 lbs.
Package dimensions: 7.5 x 12.5 x 26.5 inches
Gator Cases G-PG-ALTOSAX Pro-Go Ultimate Gig Bag For Alto Saxophones
The Gator Cases G-PG-ALTOSAX Pro-Go is a simple and stylish gig bag (softshell) you can easily carry and take with you wherever you go. It shouldn’t be mistaken for a flight worthy case, though if you’re especially careful, it might work.
This case comes with padded sidewalls, micro-fleece interior, protective rain cover, adjustable and removable backpack straps, as well as a padded neck storage.
Buyers loved the thick padding, quality of the case, and the ease of carrying it.
Some reviewers, however, found the case didn’t adequately protect their instrument. If you plan to buy this case, then it’s a good idea to carry your instrument with care and avoid bumps and knocks.
Item weight: 4.2 lbs.
Package dimensions: 25 x 10.5 x 4.75 inches
Sky ALTHC002 ABS Sturdy Alto Saxophone Case
The Sky ALTHC002 alto saxophone case is a relatively affordable rectangular case. It comes with all the standard features cases of its kind typically feature.
Buyers liked that this case was lightweight, and the fact that it closes and latches securely and easily.
The reviews for this case, however, are mixed. Some found that it wasn’t sturdy at all, and even thought the protection was lacking.
Item weight: 5 lbs.
Package dimensions: 28 x 9 x 13 inches
Crossrock CRA860ASBK-R Alto Saxophone Case
The Crossrock CRA860ASBK-R alto saxophone case comes with a scratch-resistant ABS exterior, hard foam core with plush lining, accessory compartment for mouthpiece and neck, pouch for reed and smaller necessities, as well as a padded shoulder strap.
This case comes in black, blue, silver, red, and white, depending on what you like best.
Overall, this is a solid, attractive, compact, and lightweight case.
Some buyers complained of insufficient space and bad fit. This will likely depend on your instrument as well as what accessories you need to carry with you.
Item weight: 6.83 lbs.
Package dimensions: 25.19 x 7.08 x 11.81 inches
Kaces Alto Saxophone Case (KBOASTL)
The Kaces KBOASTL comes in black, blue, purple, red, and teal. The price varies slightly based on the color, but the difference is marginal.
Kaces claims this is a lightweight hard-shell case with 600D exterior and reinforced EPS foam. But it certainly seems to carry the appearance of a gig bag. So long as it does the job, it’s not a big deal, but it’s always good to know exactly what you’re getting.
The case comes with two backpack straps for easy carrying, though this should be expected based on its design.
Apparently, this case is easier to handle than bulkier counterparts. Buyers also liked the level of protection offered, as well as its durable and lightweight design.
There are no major drawbacks to this case, though some users said it was too heavy. We’re relatively certain this isn’t possible (maybe it was the weight of the instrument?), but just in case, something to look out for.
Item weight: 4.01 lbs.
Package dimensions: 26.5 x 12.2 x 6.8 inches
Gator GL-ALTOSAX-YB Lightweight Spirit Series Alto Saxophone Case
For those who like to customize, the Gator GL-ALTOSAX-YB is an attractive option. The one pictured is the yellow and blue version, but it also comes in red and black, red and blue, white and green, yellow and black, and yellow and purple.
The case comes with a nylon exterior, EPS foam interior, rubber shoulder pad, removable shoulder strap and a mouthpiece pocket on the inside.
This case features a lightweight design and solid construction.
Some users complained the fit wasn’t quite right, but as far as we can tell, that depends entirely on your instrument.
Item weight: 5.4 lbs.
Package dimensions: 27 x 11 x 7.5 inches
Protec Alto Saxophone Gig Bag, Explorer Series (C237X)
The Protec C237X boasts multiple storage and carrying options, which might make it an attractive option for those who just can’t seem to fit everything into one bag.
The case features a nylon exterior, 20mm of protective padding, storage area, sheet music pocket, front storage pocket, built-in organizer, carrying handles, and shoulder strap.
This case has solid customer reviews overall. Users loved the lightweight design and durability. The padding isn’t as thick as other cases mentioned on this list though.
Item weight: 3.54 lbs.
Package dimensions: 26 x 12 x 7 inches
Protec Tenor Saxophone Gig Bag, Explorer Series (C236X)
The Protec C236X, as you might expect, is a lot like the one we just looked at – the C237X. It’s got a nylon exterior, 20mm padding, storage area with bell neck and mouthpiece pouch, sheet music pocket, front storage pocket, built-in organizer, shoulder strap, and backpack straps.
Buyers liked the lightweight nature of the case, as well as its overall sturdiness.
Some reviewers said it didn’t give them enough protection, but this is a gig bag after all, so if you need more, it might be worth investing in a hard-shell case.
Item weight: 3.5 lbs.
Package dimensions: 33.2 x 14.6 x 8.6 inches
Protec MX304 Alto Saxophone Contoured MAX Case
The Protec MX304 boasts an ultra-light design with EPS foam frame, backpack straps, shoulder strap, 600D nylon cover, and more.
This is a great case for carrying your sax from gig to gig or venue to venue. It’s lightweight and durable, and its price isn’t too shabby either.
The only thing to look out for is fit. This case will not accommodate all alto saxes, since they are not created equally.
Item weight: 4.24 lbs.
Package dimensions: 7.5 x 24.75 x 11 inches
Protec MX304CTPR Alto Saxophone MAX Case – Rectangular
The Protec MX304CTPR sort of resembles a duffle bag. It’s available in black or purple, though the price point varies somewhat.
Manufacturer tells us upfront this bag is not meant for vintage horns, so be sure to look elsewhere if you’re looking for the right option for your prized instrument.
The case features an EPS foam frame, neck and mouthpiece storage sections, backpack straps, shoulder strap, frontside pocket, 600D nylon cover and more.
The best part about this case is that it’s lightweight and durable, making it easier for you to lug around your horn (versus a heavier, bulkier case).
Some users said to look out for the front pocket zipper, as it may not be as sturdy as other parts.
Item weight: 4 lbs.
Package dimensions: 24 x 6.5 x 11 inches
SKY Lightweight Case For Alto Saxophone, Backpackable
The SKY lightweight case is simple in features and functionality. It comes with a shoulder strap, backpack straps, and exterior pocket. And it does live up to its name – this is one of the lightest cases on the list.
Most say the case is good for the money, but it isn’t without issue. For some users, the case didn’t last long, and others found the backpack straps to be flimsy.
Most of the time, you get what you pay for.
Item weight: 3.89 lbs.
Package dimensions: 25 x 6.5 x 10.5 inches
Andoer 600D Alto Saxophone Sax Bag Case
The Andoer 600D is certainly one of the more inexpensive options on our list(although if you want to see the best inexpensive options, you’ll want to keep scrolling down – we’ve got an entire section for that!).
This case comes with 600D Oxford padding, backpack straps, handle, pocket for sheet music, as well as space for mouthpiece and other accessories.
Many buyers liked the lightweight nature of the case, though some weren’t too thrilled about the quality.
Item weight: 1.68 lbs.
Package dimensions: 17.24 x 14.29 x 5.12 inches
Leather Case – 104C-MLK Gard Alto Saxophone (Side Loader) Gig Bag
We know that alto sax players are often looking for a leather case. Good news – the stylish Gard 104C-MLK fits the bill!
The gig bag is padded with high-density foam (15mm on all sides). It also comes with YKK zippers, carry handle, shoulder strap, and rain cape (to protect it from water damage).
Not much is known of the case’s quality, but it’s an option worth exploring if your heart’s set on a leather alto sax case.
Item weight: Unknown
Package dimensions: Unknown
Best Inexpensive Alto Saxophone Case
The price range for an alto sax case can vary more than you might think. We know that some of you are more budget conscious and are looking for a case that will “do the trick” without breaking the bank.
So, in this section, we cover a few we think are worth looking at.
WISHAVE Alto Saxophone Backpack Case Soft Sax Gig Bag
The WISHAVE alto saxophone backpack is probably what you want if you’re on a tight budget and only need a case for general carrying purposes.
Some of the features include 1200D Oxford cloth, 15mm padding, backpack straps, and spacious front pocket. It certainly seems to cover the bases and is incredibly lightweight.
Customers report good bang for buck, thanks to the case’s lightweight and durable design. Some even report being able to take this case on an airplane for safe transport.
For most reviewers, the case didn’t get a perfect score, but complaints were minor. For some, the case simply wasn’t big enough. Others found the storage insufficient.
Item weight: 2.69 lbs.
Package dimensions: 14.5 x 10.3 x 5.2 inches
Pro Tec A312 Softly Padded In-Bell Storage For Alto Saxophone
One more inexpensive option for those looking for something a little different. As you can tell, the Pro Tec A312 looks more like a duffle bag than a case.
In addition to being the cheapest, it’s the most lightweight of any case featured here. The soft padded storage is made of padded nylex and has a scratch-free drawstring closure, so you don’t end up wrecking your favorite instrument.
This case would work well for the occasional transport of the instrument. It probably wouldn’t be the best solution for regular performing or touring, as it has limited padding.
Item weight: 1.6 ounces
Package dimensions: 7 x 2.25 x 3 inches
What Should I Look For In An Alto Saxophone Case?
Shopping for a saxophone case is relatively easy. There are only a few criteria to watch out for, and the rest is going to come down to your preferences and budget (we always encourage spending responsibly).
But aside from those two factors, we suggest considering the following:
We don’t think weight is a consideration for everyone. Some are going to prefer more protection over others, and that could mean buying a slightly heavier case.
But it’s good to be conscious of the weight. If you aren’t planning to haul your instrument everywhere, your probably don’t need as much protection. If you’re planning to fly with your instrument, you’re going to need more protection.
So, think in terms of how you’re planning to use the case, and that will help guide your decision.
Cases aren’t all created equal, and some are bigger than others.
This isn’t a big deal if your main concern is protecting your instrument. If, however, you want the case to fit inside a locker or other compartment, you’re going to want to check the dimensions before purchase.
The same applies to carrying the case from one place to another. Ensure it’s not overly bulky or hard to carry, especially if it’s going to be a grade schooler carrying it.
Protection is likely the top consideration for most consumers. You want to make sure your instrument is protected while in transport, and this typically means using a case with a little more padding to it.
Material obviously plays a part too. Some cases are made of ABS plastic, while others are made of a combination of materials, such as wood and nylon.
One isn’t always better than the other. To that extent, it’s always worth checking reviews to see what others thought about the cases you’re interested in.
In general, the appearance of a case tells a good story about its reliability and durability, but outward appearances can be deceiving at times, too. So, it’s always worth doing your homework.
Best Alto Saxophone Cases – Final Thoughts
We hope you enjoyed our list and can find the perfect alto saxophone case for you!
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