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A tenor saxophone case is a great way to protect your horn while it’s not in use, and for transport from one location to another.
There are many options to consider at different prices points and with varying functionality. But in this guide, we’ve broken it all down for you, so it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Let’s look at the best tenor saxophone cases to protect your prized instrument from unwanted damage.
Bam Cabine DEF4012SA La Defense Tenor Sax Case
If brushed aluminum is your thing, this Bam Cabine DEF4012SA tenor sax case is sure to hold your gaze.
It isn’t the most affordable of tenor sax cases, though, so unless you need pro level protection, you might skip this one for some of the other great alternatives on this list.
The DEF4012SA comes with an anti-shock ABS shell, anti-slip and anti-rubber patches on the bottom, neoprene backpack straps with security hooks, side handle, and softouch latches with key.
I mean, you’ve got to know the specs if you’re going to spend a good chunk of change on a case like this, no matter how good it looks.
We see mostly positive reviews for this Bam Cabine, citing its lightweight protection and fit as its best qualities.
Note that this case may not fit vintage instruments.
Item weight: 7.7 lbs.
Package dimensions: 31.89 x 7.87 x 12.99 inches
New Trekking TREK3022SC Tenor Sax Case
The New Trekking TREK3022SC case is another unique, premium option with a distinctive design. Let’s just say if you’re looking for something that makes you look even sharper you may have found a case that will easily rival your personal sense of style.
But again, we need to know it’s worth it to justify the cost. This baby comes with a subway handle and rain cover. It’s made with Bam Ballistic fabric, which has water resistant properties, and protects against abrasion and tear.
Overall, we don’t see any criticism for the highly rated case. It might be right for you, it might not. But one thing we know for sure – it’s worth a look!
Item weight: 9.46 lbs.
Package dimensions: 33.86 x 11.42 x 14.96 inches
Bam Softpack Tenor Sax Case
If you’re in the market for a premium level tenor sax case, you’re in for a treat with the Bam Softpack Tenor sax case. You can tell from its appearance that it’s a little different from all the others.
The compact and lightweight case comes with a polyamide waterproof cover and rigid shell. Adjustable shoulder strap and interior storage compartment are included.
If you find yourself constantly carrying your tenor sax with you everywhere you go, and it fits in your budget, then this case is certainly worthy of consideration.
Users loved the case and said it was stylish, lightweight, form-fitting, and sturdy.
Item weight: 8.95 lbs.
Package dimensions: 33.5 x 14.4 x 9 inches
SKB Contoured Pro Tenor Sax Case
From its outward appearance, you would expect durability and sturdiness from the SKB contoured pro tenor sax case. It’s round, it’s mean, and it looks thick too.
The latches for the case have been mounted on reinforced backplates. The case also comes with exterior pouches, as well as a reinforced compartment for neck and mouthpiece.
But what did buyers have to say about it?
The good – the case offered perfect fit, proved durable, and easy to carry.
The bad – the case doesn’t come with a strap, and some buyers had issues with it not closing.
Item weight: 1 lbs.
Package dimensions: 35 x 15.5 x 8.75 inches
SKB 1SKB150 Contoured Tenor Sax Case
The SKB 1SKB150 contoured tenor sax case looks like a standard SKB case, which can be quite good.
The hardware has been reinforced with backplates and comes with neck and mouthpiece bags.
Overall, this case strikes us as good bang for buck. But let’s check in with the reviews too.
What buyers liked most is that the case is lightweight and durable. Although some users rated it less than perfect, they didn’t mention any reason for it.
Item weight: 7 lbs.
Package dimensions: 34 x 9 x 15 inches
Gator Cases GC-TENOR-SAX Lightweight Molded Tenor Saxophone Case
The Gator Cases GC-TENOR-SAX case somewhat resembles the SKB option just mentioned and is comparable in terms of value too.
The GC-TENOR-SAX features a lightweight ABS design, through-bolted handle, chrome plated latches, D-rings to accommodate a shoulder strap, and EPS interior with plush lining.
Reviewers said this case features a solid build, and thought it was good bang for buck.
Others did not find the case to be lightweight, didn’t like its size, and said it should offer more storage.
Item weight: 6.5 lbs.
Package dimensions: 24 x 10 x 10 inches
Protec PB305CT Tenor Saxophone PRO PAC Case – Contoured
Moving from heavy duty material cases to softer exterior cases, we’ve got the Protec PB305CT tenor saxophone PRO PAC case. Not to say it isn’t sturdy by any means. It has a shock absorbing wood frame ballistic nylon exterior with reinforced zig-zag stitching. So, you know it can still take a bump or two.
As is characteristic of cases in this price range, the case is rather feature rich, with a subway handle, removable padded shoulder strap, large front side pocket with built-in organizer, soft molded interior with velvet lining and plenty more.
This case would probably be ideal for students and gigging musicians, as it holds all your accessories and music, and is easy to carry.
This case is well-made, sturdy, and some buyers even said it was the best case they’ve ever seen!
Some weren’t so optimistic about the quality, however, and the case does not fit all tenor saxes.
Item weight: 6.25 lbs.
Package dimensions: 6.25 x 12.5 x 35 inches
Gator Cases GL-TENORSAX-A Lightweight Polyfoam Tenor Saxophone Case
Here we have a sharp-looking gray case with red highlights. The Gator Cases GL-TENORSAX-A case features a lightweight nylon exterior, EPS foam interior, reinforced handles, and removable shoulder strap.
We imagine this case could work quite well for regular transport, gigging, or student use. It might be a little lacking in terms of storage to make it ideal though.
True to form, some pros commented that it worked or them. Some were happy with the storage and didn’t mind the price point either.
Opinions are a tad split on this one, however, with some saying it was a little too heavy, others noting issues with the zipper (likely due to wear and tear).
We know it’s not for everyone but those who love it, love it!
Item weight: 4.39 lbs.
Package dimensions: 34.45 x 9.25 x 15.75 inches
Crossrock CRA860TSSL-R Tenor Saxophone Case – Rectangular ABS Molded With Single Shoulder Strap
The Crossrock CRA860TSSL-R tenor saxophone case sports a rectangular design, and let’s face it – some sax players just aren’t going to settle for anything less.
We think it’s cool that it’s available in multiple colors too – black, blue, and silver. The contoured version comes in red and white as well.
So, this is a good mid-level case with a scratch-resistant ABS exterior, hard foam core interior with blue plush lining, accessory compartment for mouthpiece, neck, and other peripherals, metal valance and hardware, molded handle, and shoulder strap.
Users liked the price, durability, as well as the interior of the case.
Less enthusiastic reviewers said it could use stronger latches, and it could have been a little easier to carry.
Item weight: 7.71 lbs.
Package dimensions: 32.67 x 8.26 x 13.78 inches
SKB Soft Case – Tenor Sax Rectangular
The SKB soft case is a rectangular soft case for those in need of a lightweight solution that isn’t going to fall apart on them too easily.
The case is wrapped in 600 Denier nylon, comes with EPS plush interiors, and heavy duty zippers. That’s good news, because zippers are often the first things to cause trouble on a case like this.
On the positive side, buyers found the case sturdy and lightweight. They didn’t mind the price point either.
Its one weakness appears to be its strap, which is unfortunate, but a good thing to look out for if you’re thinking this is the right case for you.
Item weight: 1 lbs.
Package dimensions: 14.2 x 9.5 x 33.9 inches
Protec MX305CT Max Tenor Saxophone Case
The Protec MX305CT is another soft-shell solution that makes it easy to carry around your sax, thanks to the included handle, shoulder strap, and backpack straps.
Designed to be lightweight, you’ll find the case should fit most modern horns, and is made with an EPS foam frame. It also has sections for neck and mouthpiece, oversized exterior pocket, and front-storage pocket.
Again, we suspect this could be a workable option for students and those in need of a case they can take with them from lesson to venue to school or otherwise.
Reviewers loved the storage, backpack straps, quality build, and comfort. Let’s face it – it’s not a bad case for the price at all.
Note that this case will not fit all saxes.
Item weight: 5.26 lbs.
Package dimensions: 34 x 6.5 x 10.5 inches
Protec C236X Tenor Saxophone Gig Bag, Explorer Series
Here’s the Protec C236X tenor saxophone gig bag, and we’ve got to face the facts – this thing isn’t all that different from the previously reviewed MX305CT.
Its appearance and color are near identical. But the build and price point are a little different.
With the C236X you get four modular suspension blocks to protect your instrument, abrasion resistant nylon exterior, protective padding (20mm), storage area for neck and mouthpiece, sheet music pocket, front storage pocket, and built-in organizer.
Of course, plenty of carrying options here – handle, shoulder strap, and backpack straps.
But does it do the trick for tenor saxophonists?
The good – buyers loved the sturdiness of the bag as well as its lightweight design.
The bad – some felt the padding just wasn’t enough to protect their sax.
Item weight: 3.5 lbs.
Package dimensions: 33.2 x 14.6 x 8.6 inches
Protec MX305 Tenor Saxophone MAX Rectangular Case
Here we’ve got the MX305 tenor sax MAX rectangular case. It certainly bears some resemblance to other options already introduced, but its price tag is a little less.
This is a black case with some red and grey for accents. It’s lightweight, comes with EPS foam frame, neck and mouthpiece sections, backpack straps, shoulder strap, handle, exterior pocket, and front-side storage pocket.
So, it sounds like carrying and storage options are covered here.
Buyers said the case was lightweight and durable. Some did mention that it did not fit their sax perfectly, and that’s going to come down to your instrument.
Item weight: 7 lbs.
Package dimensions: 12.5 x 32 x 8 inches
Classic Cantabile Light Case For Tenor Saxophone
The Classic Cantabile light case is a budget friendly gig bag with a lightweight design.
It comes with tear and water-resistant exterior fabric, thermal padding, adjustable handle, backpack straps, outside pocket for accessories, and compartments for neck and mouthpiece.
Overall, most users found this to be a reliable bag.
Item weight: 4.14 lbs.
Package dimensions: 32.36 x 13.23 x 8.5 inches
Pro Tec A313 Softly Padded In-Bell Storage For Tenor Saxophone
For all those times you don’t need anything fancy and aren’t looking to spend a king’s ransom on a tenor saxophone, there’s the Pro Tec A313 soft padded nylex case.
This is an excellent budget option, as it does what it does exceptionally. Perfect for basic storage needs and maybe the occasional transport (not for airplanes).
This case gives you the ability to store all our accessories (inside the bell of your horn), and the adjustable padded center divider gives it additional protection (when storing neck and mouthpiece).
The drawstring has been designed to prevent scratching on your instrument, so you shouldn’t have to worry about cheap parts damaging your prized possession.
Plenty of users loved the value of this pouch, ease of use, organizational functionality, and its spatial efficiency.
Not surprisingly, some didn’t like that the case lacked padding.
Item weight: 2.24 ounces
Package dimensions: 8.25 x 2.75 x 3.75 inches
What Should I Look For In A Tenor Saxophone Case?
Let’s see if we can help you find the perfect case based on your needs.
As you’ve already seen, tenor saxophone cases come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and are made of different materials.
This can make the hunt a little challenging, especially if you’ve never used a case before and don’t know what to expect.
We can tell you off the bat that no solution is “perfect”, it’s always a balance of pros and cons. But we do know that it’s possible to find the right product for you.
In this section, we’ll look at four criteria you should be evaluating when you’re shopping for a tenor sax case:
- Protection and durability
- Storage options
Let’s dive into each.
The Right Fit
So, if you hadn’t noticed this already, not all cases fit all instruments. People frequently have issues with vintage instruments, in fact.
Although you can always send back cases that don’t work for you, it is nice to get this right on the first try, right?
So, doing a little homework won’t hurt at all. It could make the buying process easier on yourself, since you can narrow down the above 15 cases down to just the ones that are going to work for you.
Look at the pictures on Amazon, check the dimensions, read the reviews, and maybe even check video reviews on YouTube for additional info.
None of this should take too long, and you’re far more likely to end up with a case that meets your needs with a bit of extra research.
Fit is likely the most important factor here, since a case is basically unusable unless it accommodates your instrument, no matter how great it looks, or how many great features it comes with.
Protection is always a concern for instrument owners, since good instruments often cost several thousand dollars. Maybe not as pricey as a car or home, but still a significant chunk of change.
All cases will protect your sax to varying degrees. We can’t offer definitive answers, but we’ll give you a few hints to help you with your decision-making process.
The Protec A313, for example, offers the least amount of protection. It’s basically a pouch made for storage and maybe some (careful) transport.
You wouldn’t want to leave your instrument lying around in the back of a car, for example. But if you left it in your lap or found a way to prevent it from rolling or moving around (by placing it in the wheel well, for example), you’d be fine.
The cases towards the beginning of the guide are hard shell cases, and in theory, offer the best protection overall. That’s a typical result though, not a guaranteed result.
And these cases also tend to be the most expensive, so depending on your budget, they may not be practical. If you need to take your instrument on a plane, however, there isn’t much wiggle room. You’d want to go with a hard-shell option, or a heavily protected gig bag (but the former is always better).
Many musicians have found gig bags more than adequate for transporting their instrument to and from lessons, rehearsals, gigs, and more. For local use, no issues whatsoever.
Touring is where you’d want to be a little more cautious, especially if you know your sax is going to be stored with other instruments. Placement is crucial (never put heavier items like speakers and amps on top of your instrument though).
At the end of the day, the right amount of protection for specific applications is what you’re looking for. This is relatively easy to figure out, but a little long-term thinking can’t hurt.
When it comes to storage, there are two factors. One we’ve already covered – fit. If your instrument doesn’t fit, other factors are basically irrelevant, right?
The other factor is interior or exterior storage for neck and mouthpiece, accessories, music, and so forth.
And here, too, we find different people have different needs. That being the case, there isn’t a one size fits all solution. You should think about your needs first and begin to narrow down your options. Find the ones that make the most sense to you.
If you’re going to school or taking lessons, more storage is generally preferred, since you might be carrying around sheet music, pencils, pens, binders, and so forth.
We even hear reports of saxophonists going somewhere overnight and using their gig bag to store their laundry/clothing(!).
It all depends on which bag you select, because obviously some bags just don’t have that kind of space available.
But don’t sweat this factor too much. Overall, we rank it as the least important when shopping for tenor saxophone cases. It still matters, just not as much as the other criteria.
With some musical gear, (such as with mouthpieces), budget doesn’t matter a whole lot. That’s not the case with tenor sax cases, which can vary from about $10 to $450 or more. That’s quite the spread!
In the $200 and up range, you’ll generally find hard shell cases, typically made of materials like ABS.
And, below the $200 price tag, you’ll see rectangular cases, gig bags, pouches, and the like. And even some of the bags in this category come with wooden frames and the like, which make them quite sturdy.
One thing that’s worth thinking about is how much you’re willing and able to spend right now. This may not be the only question that matters, but it certainly gets you moving in the right direction.
You can also ask yourself which bags are within your current budget, which can help with narrowing the selections.
At the end of the day, the choice is yours. But we recommend not going into debt to buy a case, as there’s just no reason to. Save up, wait for a deal, or maybe hunt around for other suitable options if in doubt.
What Are The Top Saxophone Case Brands?
The top saxophone case brands are well-represented in this guide, so this section will mostly be a summary of the various products we’ve already covered.
Let’s look at the top saxophone case brands here.
Bam Cases is a European company focused on premium cases for a wide range of instruments – bassoon, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, cello, guitar, violin, and more.
Their CABINE and TREKKING lines were featured above in this guide.
SKB is a popular choice for musicians, as it generally represents the intersection between quality for a fair price.
They make cases for a variety of industries and uses, including music, photo and video, sports, industrial and even military.
Another go-to choice for musicians, Gator Cases is like SKB in that they make cases for a variety of applications – pro audio, music, and video.
They also make stands, pedal boards, power supplies, and more.
Protec is one of those generic names that seems to get used by a lot of companies. When it comes to this Protec, though, they make cases for guitars, percussion, brass, woodwind, orchestral, and more.
Protec also makes music accessories.
Crossrock Case Company
Crossrock Case Company is a maker of cases for guitar, folk instruments, strings, band instruments, keyboard, percussion, and even rackmount units.
Crossrock focuses primarily on cases for instruments and is fast becoming a trusted brand.
Top Tenor Saxophone Cases, Final Thoughts
We hope we’ve been able to simplify the shopping process for you.
We know that it can get confusing, frustrating, and even overwhelming at times.
But knowing your best options is always helpful, and if you know what you’re looking for, you should be able to settle on a tenor sax case sooner rather than later.
Enjoy the process!