A friend of mine who has recently started playing ukulele saw my post for the MONO cases and sent me this note:
“Last night I realized I have a case that seems to be almost exactly the same thing at a fraction of the cost. The Lanikai Sidekick Printed Ukulele Hard Bag (http://lanikaiukuleles.com/
product/lanikai-sidekick- printed-ukulele-hard-bag/) is available for all four sizes of ukes for $45 for concert or soprano and $49 for tenor or baritone. All the bags have a rigid shape, 25mm of padding on all sides, three moveable cushions to support the neck and keep the uke in place, and a zippered pocket on the outside for tuners, microfiber cleaning cloths, and the like. They have a zipper closure with 2 zipper heads, sturdy plastic “briefcase-style handle on the side, a rubber reinforced grab handle at the headstock end, and backpack-style shoulder straps that can be hidden away if you don’t want to use them. The bags are available in a floral or a tribal design. There’s a similar solid black “hard” bag that is cheaper, but I haven’t seen one to know how they compare.
I have the Tribal design, and I love the bag. It’s much nicer for carrying my uke to lessons than that hard tweed case, because it has shoulder straps so I still have my hands free to carry my music books and my stupid purse. ;o) The only thing I don’t like about the bag is the giant white rubber badge on the front, but I used the scissors on my tiny Swiss Army knife to nip the threads and removed it. Now it’s perfect! And I ordered mine off eBay instead of directly from Lanikai, so it was considerably cheaper.”