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Cases (Hard, Flight)  Crossrock CRF6020BJBK Air Carbon Fiber Flight Case Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by Tim Mullins (see all reviews from this person) on 4/19/2022

Where Purchased: Amazon

Overall Comments

Crossrock 5-String Resonator Banjo Flight Case, 100% Carbon Fiber Hard Shell with Backpack and Protective Cover(CRF6020BJBK)

 

From the Amazon listing:

 

6. 6lb carbon fiber flight case for 5 strings resonator banjo.

Genuine leather handle.

Heavy duty latches and hardware with TSA lock.

Deluxe padded backpack straps and thick padded case cover.

Super thick high density padding and extra reomvable padding comes with silk-like blue lining.

 

Designed for 5-string Resonator Banjos. Inside Dimensions: Overall length : 100cm (39. 37"); Body length : 36. 5cm (14. 37"); Lower bout : 36. 5cm (14. 37"); Body height : 13cm (5. 12"); Bridge height : 15. 5cm (6. 1"); Net weight : 3kg (6. 6lb); Kindly reminder: please always measure your instrument before purchase to ensure a proper fit.

 

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I had been wondering about these cases for a while but their $998.00 price kept me away. On 4/13/22 Amazon listed two or these cases for $598.00 with free shipping and free returns, so I ordered one to check it out. Here is my review:

 

The case is nicely shaped and finished, with a carbon-fiber pattern matte surface. There is a large Crossrock logo on the lid, which I wish wasn’t so obtrusive. The latches seemed adequate, if not as heavy-duty as the ones on a Calton. It also features a TSA lock and two keys. The inside is lined with an attractive blue velvet-like lining. The lid stayed open when opened and fit nicely together when shut. It also came with two straps for backpack use. It weighed in empty at 6.7 lbs on my digital bathroom scale. The handle was comfortable but with a banjo inside it balanced with the peghead-end up at a 45 degree angle.

 

The case was supposed to come with a padded case cover, two strips to fill the space around the resonator and a pad to go at the rear of the resonator to make it fit a Mastertone-dimension banjo. The case cover, which I assume is necessary to prevent marring the case’s finish – or to prevent the latches from accidentally opening – would add something back to the total weight of the case, somewhat negating one of its selling points. The case is otherwise oversized for a Mastertone-style banjo (possibly the only kind expensive enough to warrant a case this costly). 

 

My case was delivered missing the case cover and the pad. When I tried my Gibson RB-3 with no padding it had about a quarter-inch of gap all around the resonator and the back of the resonator sank so deeply into the case that the neck of the banjo was over one-half inch up off the neck support at the peghead-end of the accessory box. By putting one of the two strips at the butt end of the case and the other across sideways behind the resonator I was able to get the banjo to sit fairly level. I latched the case and stood it on end and shook it, finding that both the body and especially the peghead were loose enough to clunk loudly back and forth. This appears to be because the lid of the case lacks enough padding to keep the instrument from moving. No matter how strong the shell of the case may be, if the banjo is not held firmly from moving inside the case it can be easily damaged.

 

Summing up, this case was expensive, yet would not protect a banjo. Crossrock has been making cases for twenty years. I can only assume that no one in their design department knows anyone who plays banjo. If this case were sized correctly, with padding added in the right spots — and was available at a reasonable price, they would have an attractive and light-weight product. This one, however, went back to Amazon.

Overall Rating: 1

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