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Cases (Hard, Flight)  TKL Professional Case 8940BK Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by The Old Timer (see all reviews from this person) on 5/18/2011

Where Purchased: Acoustic Outfitters

Overall Comments

Excellent hard case, not too heavy. Stout wood construction, no "flexing" of the sidewalls. Plentiful latch hardware (about two too many in fact), very secure (no dreaded combination lock). Nice short nap maroon "velour" cushion lining, not long nap fur/fluff shag carpeting. Mastertone fits perfectly. Soft cushy leatherish handle. Good big box under the neck, and good neck supports. Paid well under $200, an excellent value. (List price on internet over $300?). Also love that terrific "chocolate candy" smell that most TKL's have. "Made in Canada" tab to open the string box.

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by beegee (see all reviews from this person) on 2/19/2010

Where Purchased: First Quality

Overall Comments

Coarse-textured Tolex covering, brass-plated hardware, burgundy-colored pile lining.

I have a 6-year old TKL case that is a lot nicer than this. The pile in this case is stiff and short-napped. The padding is thin and stiff, feeling like a closed-cell urethane foam. The handle is stiff plastic as opposed to the rope-style on my other case. Apparently my other case is the Vintage 99840 which I like a lot better.

My 28 Granada was flopping around in the last case I got fromFQMS some 20-odd years ago. I decided a needed a case with a more snug fit. This case fits my banjo better and more securely. It balances well and hardware and hinges seem to function well.

This case has a very strong and odd glue odor that permeates anything and everything in proximity. Hopefully it will gas-off in a few days of leaving it open. I'd say it smells better than cat-pee but not much better.

Given the MSRP of $314 and the FQMS price of $129, there seems to be an inflated MSRP for the quality. I'm not a big fan of the Calton-type case, since I don't fly with my banjo, so this traditional-type case fits my needs. This case is an arch-top, but these new cases lack the smooth compound curves of earlier cases.

It's not exactly what I was expecting,based on my past experience with TKL, but I guess it's as good as it gets. Hopefully, this case will outlive me. Once with an outstanding quality reputation, I think the TKL is now in the same league as the Guardian case(they may be made in the same factory, I don't know...), so it would be a coin-toss if I bought another case tomorrow.

Overall Rating: 8

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