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I Ran Over My Banjo... Thank God For Hoffee Cases

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Apr 23, 2019 - 11:47:07 AM
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I have a lot of people ask me if Hoffee Cases are really as great as they claim to be, and here’s your proof that they the best!
At about 4 am in morning after 6 days out, 5 shows & very little sleep for me.... I did the one thing I vowed to myself that I never ever would do. I put my case where I shouldn’t have and backed my car right over it.
The only reason this story has a happy ending is because my new Prucha Spirit was in a carbon fiber case made by Jeff Hoffee. It took the weight of our small SUV and did its job... It kept my instrument safe & completely protected from 3,500 pounds of crushing force.

Thank you Jeff from the bottom of my heart.

Edited by - Russell Carson on 04/23/2019 15:51:25

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:51:34 AM



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Holy Moly! Glad yer banjer survived, Russ. I did that many years ago with my Chevy pickup - it ruined my 1927 Gibby conversion. Splintered parts were in the attic for years,,,ouch.

Edited by - chuckv97 on 04/23/2019 11:52:54

Apr 23, 2019 - 12:14:37 PM
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Good news story of the day!

Apr 23, 2019 - 12:36:07 PM

11877 posts since 10/30/2008

I remember well when I was just 14 my dad bought a new Martin guitar, and the music store guy went on and on about how the case was so good "You can drive a bus over it!" That was just the plain black wooden case with green lining of the 1960s! I always wondered why they used such a vivid example -- I mean really, who would ever do that to an instrument? Really!

I read in a few places in the last decade or two that Flatt & Scruggs' bus backed over Curly Sechler's Gibson Southern Jumbo guitar and killed it, the one that Scruggs picked on in the early 50s. So I guess that kinda thing actually does happen!

Russ, I'm real happy your case protected your banjo. Congrats on a wise investment in the case.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 04/23/2019 12:37:04

Apr 23, 2019 - 12:43:48 PM

267 posts since 11/21/2018

Russ, thanks not only for the Hoffee praise, but for having the natural-ness to admit to being human and doing the stoop-id stuff we humans do ;-)

45 years ago I once lost an irreplaceable French Selmer trumpet with beautiful engraving (think pre-war banjo special) when I had it in a gig bag, missed the top of an upright piano putting it down and it fell onto the top/valves onto a very thinly carpeted concrete floor.
They bent just enough that we never could get the air leaking to cease. Very sad. That was my last soft case ever.

Glad you avoided heartbreak. Thanks for your great videos.

Edited by - northernbelle on 04/23/2019 12:44:47

Apr 23, 2019 - 1:47:37 PM

10453 posts since 2/12/2011

Good ending!!

Apr 23, 2019 - 1:50:50 PM
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This post reminds me of my favorite banjo joke.
Question: What's the best pick-up to put on a banjo ?
Answer : ..a Ford F-150.

Apr 23, 2019 - 2:47 PM
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Mine was a ‘69 Chevy C-10

Apr 23, 2019 - 6:34:33 PM

851 posts since 11/22/2007

Good news. Just got my Koffee case. I feel better already.

Apr 23, 2019 - 6:47:17 PM
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168 posts since 10/11/2008

Now for the ultimate stress test--fly it on United:

Apr 23, 2019 - 10:07:01 PM

532 posts since 11/17/2018

If I were a touring pro, it would be worth every penny...

Glad it worked for you, Russ.

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:23:20 AM

84 posts since 3/25/2016

As a outfitter, my twin brother and I were faced with a client who desperately wanted to play his fancy Gibson J-200 around a campfire high up in the mountains.  As musicians, we tried equally desperately to explain that we simply could NOT guarantee that a pack animal might not fall somehow and damage his big guitar.  He insisted, and we top-loaded that J-200 on our best mule.  Also, we did have a campfire back at the ranch ... just saying.

Well, you KNOW the rest!  That ol' mule stumbled, and just like in a slow-motion car wreck, and fell with his full weight into a huge boulder.  Crunched that Gibson far beyond playability.  Guy was crushed too (figuratively, not literally!).  We did not point out that we were not surprised ... somebody fell on nearly every trip!

Russ, I enjoy your work ... really happy your banjo got through the mistake safely!

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