Mauriat Saxophone Cases – Alto and Tenor
The MAP (Minimum Advertised Price)
Tenor Sax Case – $369
Alto Sax Case – $319
A word about MAP pricing. For me to be able to carry these tenor cases, the supplier stipulates that I advertise them no lower than the prices shown about, regardless of what price I actually charge for them. To find out my actual pricing, call or e-mail or drop by the shop.
-Outer shell – High impact ABS – 3.0 mm thick
•Valance – Aluminium
•Foam – medium density foam
•Fabric lining – long plush, blue
•Turn-key style buckle & spring – steel
•Shoulder strap – with metal hook
•Alto case measurements 26” x 11” x 8”
•Tenor case measurements 32” x 12” x 7”
•Compartments for neck and mouthpieces.
These cases are similar to the Walt Johnson and Hiscox cases. As of this writing, when I look on the internet, I see those priced as follows:
COMPARISON RETAIL PRICING:
Walt Johnson Cases
“Artist” Alto $399
“Artist” Tenor $449
“Pro II” Alto $249
“Pro II” Tenor $299
Both the Hiscox and Mauriat case shell walls are made of high impact ABS Plastic.
In the attempt to compare the quality of the Mauriat cases to the Hiscox cases, I found this on the Hiscox website.
Hiscox Case Shell Wall Thickness:
– “Liteflite Standard” 1.5 mm ABS
– “Liteflite Pro II” 2.0 mm ABS
– “Liteflite Artist” 2.5 mm ABS
Albeit this is about Hiscox guitar cases, but I assume it applies to sax cases as well.
It appears that the quality and price point hinges (no pun) in large part on the case wall thickness.
Contrasting to the Hiscox cases, the Mauriat case I feature here has a shell wall thickness of 3.0mm ABS
Since the Mauriat case shell “weighs in” at 3.0 mm, in this respect the quality is comparable to or better than that of the Hiscox “Artist” cases which are at a higher price point of $449. This Mauriat tenor case will be well under $100 less than the Hiscox “Artist” case, it will be priced comparably to the Hiscox “Pro II” case.
The Mauriat case as a very similar aluminum valance, continuous piano hinge, draw latches, etc. Additionally, the case comes with shoulder strap as seen in the last photo.
I have just been informed that these Mauriat tenor sax cases will not work with “Split Bell Key” Tenor Saxes. This refers to horns that have the low B on one side of the bell and the low Bb on the other side. I will try to verify this, but I have to assume it is true.
You can find info on the Mauriat case here:
As stated, while the MAP price on the Mauriat tenor case is $369, I am selling at a price competitive to the Hiscox Pro II ($299), despite having a thicker shell than Hiscox Artist ($449). Likewise, the alto case is competitively priced.
As far as shipping…the cost to ship these is probably the same as shipping a saxophone in a case because the price is calculated dimensionally (size), not weight. Shipping insurance should be cheaper though.