I will assume for the moment if you are finding interest in this article that you are already sold on keeping your ukulele in a case or gig bag. The merits of which include avoiding structural damage to your instrument due to humidity issues as well as guarding it from dust, nicks and scratches.
The gig bag advantage. Ukulele bags come in many price ranges; from simple nylon bags with no padding like the “Stone Bag-5” which can be had under $15.00 retail, up to very expensive world touring class bags that offer as much protection as their hard-shell cousins. Most people opt for something in- between. In my opinion something like the Eddy Finn “Hippie bag or Paisley bag, fit the bill nicely. Both offer metal zippers, sewn in handle, adjustable shoulder straps and outside accessory pocket. Besides the relatively low price of gig bags, the one really big feature is the shoulder straps.
Hard-Shell cases are a pricier than gig bags with the good ones hovering between 50.00 to 100.00 retail depending on the country of origin. The big advantage of hard-shell cases is better humidity control than gig bags as well as better structural protection. I own several hard-shell cases, as well as several gig bags, and depending on circumstances, I decide which to use. My general rule is if I can keep it with me all the time it goes in a gig bag, this is for ease of carrying. If I have to pack it away somewhere like in the back of a truck I put it in a hard case for the extra protection in case something would fall on it. The cases listed below can be found at Eddy-finn.com
Regardless which you decide upon there is a bag or case in your price range and if you’re like most of us, sooner or later, you will own both!