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Cases (Hard, Flight)  Hoffee Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by crashdp (see all reviews from this person) on 8/1/2017

Where Purchased: Morgan Music

Overall Comments

Really great case. No problems or faults and absolutely beautiful. It did take quite a while to get it but was worth the wait.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by corcoran (see all reviews from this person) on 4/2/2017

Where Purchased:

Overall Comments

I ordered the case from Jeff Hoffee in 2013 and had him ship it to Huber Banjos, for a banjo Huber was building for me.  I paid whatever the list price was in 2013.

Positives:  the Hoffee case is a very solid, perhaps impregnable, case.  You probably could drive a truck over it with minimal damage to the banjo, although I don't recommend trying.  The looks of it are really nice, with the clear finish revealing the silver-grey carbon-fiber structure below -- very space age.  It is exceptionally well padded, and the plush lining is lovely.  The banjo feels very secure when it rests in the case.  The storage area is quite large and can hold lots of the banjo paraphernalia many of us love to lug around with our instruments.  Finally, the case is comparable in weight to a Calton case and lighter than a Price teardrop case.  So it is possible to carry it some distance without courting a hernia.

Negative: In order to enlarge the storage pocket, Hoffee moved the neck support forward, to the point where the peghead joins the neck.  This means that you cannot leave a capo around the nut when storing the banjo in the case.  I find this annoying -- a minor annoyance, admittedly, but still an annoyance -- because I like to leave my capo clamped around the nut and can do so in my other travel cases.  The Hoffee also has a support sticking up between the tuners beneath the peghead, a feature none of my other travel case possess.  Perhaps this is intended to provide additional security when the case with banjo is bouncing around in airline baggage or in a courier's truck.  However, a banjo luthier told me that the tuners broke off the peghead of a banjo in a Hoffee case he was shipping from Nashville to California, presumably due to shearing action when the crate containing the case and banjo was tossed around, and he recommended removing the support if any serious shipping is contemplated. Thus the support below the peghead can work against the instrument's security.  My biggest concern with the Hoffee is not with the case itself, however, but rather with the difficulties I had with the case cover I ordered from Hoffee.  I found that the cover I purchased from him simply did not fit the case; it was too small.  I talked to Jeff Hoffee about this, and he was no help whatsoever and failed to provide any support for the not-inexpensive case cover I had purchased from him  His only suggestion was that I deal with the Colorado Case Company directly.  I phoned them, and Colorado determined that the case cover Hoffee had sold me was for an older and now-obsolete version of his case.  They cheerfully exchanged the smaller case cover for a new one that fits the Hoffee case perfectly.  I can only hope that Mr. Hoffee has updated his inventory of case covers, so that this kind of cock-up does not occur with other customers.

Overall assessment:  The Hoffee banjo case is a very high-quality travel case that should provide excellent protection for you instrument under routine circumstances.  Above I have outlined some minor issues that concern me, and if you plan on shipping the instrument in the case (or checking it into airline baggage), you might want to consider removing the support that sticks up between the tuners.  My main issue with the case is the lack of support and follow-up when Mr. Hoffee sold me an inappropriate Colorado Case cover, one that is too small for the current iteration of the case.  The net result is that my default case for travel is Calton case, from when the cases were made in Calgary.  I don't think you can beat a Calgary Calton.  The Calgary Flames are another story.

Overall Rating: 8

Submitted by Aradobanjo (see all reviews from this person) on 5/19/2015

Where Purchased: 5/17/2015

Overall Comments

Hello,

I just received the order of a grey Hoffee case today, 05/19/2015. This case exceeds my vision of what it brings to protecting an investment. This fits my RB-12 very well and secure. I desired to preserve the Gibson case that came with this instrument. It was already showing signs of wear. The good part of this is the shoulder strap. I have gig case for another banjo I take on trips. It has backpack straps on it. I elected to get a shoulder strap as carrying a banjo on the back is rather difficult. Having a hand free is the way to go. This also came with the RFID chip in it. Overall, a well built case to protect a fine banjo is good to create a plan. 

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Barnet in AVL (see all reviews from this person) on 1/11/2013

Where Purchased: Direct from Jeff Hoffee through website

Overall Comments

This is a superb case.

In SoCal I'm out in direct and indirect heat a lot, and my banjos have suffered in the past. I decided on a Hoffee case because of the option to install an interior layer of Thinsulate insulation to help protect the banjo from heat, as well as the option to choose the exterior color. So I selected a white case with green felt and extra insulation.

The white carbon fiber shell is smooth and beautifully shaped (Jeff recently tweaked the exterior shape of his banjo cases). The latches are black, and there are black rubber feet as well. I haven't tried throwing the loaded case out of a moving car or off a building like in the videos ;-) but the nice, tight fit and the extensive neck support make me much more comfortable traveling with this case than the standard one I'd used before.

This is a top quality case and it's expensive. But it's a one-time purchase and my banjo needs protection from the elements and from accidental damage, so I consider it a good investment.

Jeff was very helpful and direct on the customer service end as well.

A great choice among the top hard cases available today.

Overall Rating: 10

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