Thats interesting. I can't comment on the Chinese cases, but my Costa Rican cases are the heaviest of the lot by a good couple of pounds (both mine come in at 11.5lbs)I’ve had multiples of all three (TKL, Chinese, and Costa Rican) and always found the latter to be the nicest and lightest.
As did mine. With the lovely smell. Guitar is a 2019 (November) 60s series LP Standard. Bought in March this year in the UK. Contained all the case candy, so I'm assuming it is the one that the guitar was supposed to come in.Mine came with a 'Made in Canada' case - it's a 2020 model
These aluminum cases are very cool, especially for that special Les Paul in your collection. Love them but they are a little heavy. Nonetheless, very classy case for your favorite Les Paul.I can't see from the photos what is new, it looks like the case it came with my '13 ES-330.
If I could choose a case I would pick the HP case, even for RI's.