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Are there any light durable cases for clawhammer banjos?

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May 19, 2019 - 10:48:20 PM

mdthib

Hong Kong

511 posts since 8/22/2013

I primarily play an 11" Brooks banjo, 25" scale. The hardshell case I have is bulky and weighs a lot. Around town I mostly use a gig bag, but if I could get a case that was lighter than one I have, maybe of fibreglass or carbon fiber, and if it were snug, I'd be interested. Most of the cases I see seem to be built for bluegrass resonator banjos.

Do you all know of any cases I could consider or check out? Thanks, as always.

May 20, 2019 - 2:01:06 PM

John_J

USA

848 posts since 12/23/2007

I have been using a Guardian 'soft' shell case for the past four or five years. Excellent case. If you can find a CG-010-Jo case it is made specifically for an open back, however they are difficult to locate - - I purchased a CG-020-jo case for a bluegrass banjo and added some foam inside the case, under the rim (cost around $5.00) to make the case fit my Reiter.... Working extremely well for me, light, easy to transport and provides as much protection as any hard shell (but not as much as a fiberglass or carbon fiber case...)

A friend of mine bought a Gator soft shell case that he loves.... He also had to order a bluegrass case and add a piece of foam....

May 20, 2019 - 5:03:45 PM
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Helix1

USA

170 posts since 4/17/2019

I concur, but not fond of Gator It’s the Guardian Duragard case 6” styrofoam w black canvas zippered with backpack straps. Weighs just 5 lbs then a swimming noodle for open backs
I spec them for new banjos. You can Scotchgard them
Lots of my friends are using them on road duty
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Edited by - Helix1 on 05/20/2019 17:06:42

May 20, 2019 - 5:20:11 PM

mdthib

Hong Kong

511 posts since 8/22/2013

I appreciate hearing about these.

What I'm really looking for is a lightweight replacement for the typical heavy wooden case. I'm thinking that maybe that maybe fiberglass or carbon fiber might provide a more lightweight protection. Maybe the market is just too small, or maybe typical openback players don't have enough $$ in their instruments to justify a quality small case? Who would spend $1k to protect a bottlecap banjo... still, if there's a good option I would like to hear about it.

May 20, 2019 - 7:53:39 PM

mdthib

Hong Kong

511 posts since 8/22/2013

Maybe what I'm really asking is whether they make a flight case that is smaller in profile, for a shorter scale open back instead of a resonator banjo... do they?

May 21, 2019 - 6:53:14 AM
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rudy

USA

14047 posts since 3/27/2004
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quote:
Originally posted by mdthib

Maybe what I'm really asking is whether they make a flight case that is smaller in profile, for a shorter scale open back instead of a resonator banjo... do they?


Hi Matt,

I use Gator and Access Stage 3 bags for my banjos, but since they are all slot heads I can use electric guitar bags.  Lightwieght hard cases (especially economically priced!) would be very popular in the open back world but I've never seen that combination.  If money isn't a factor Calton will make anything you want:

Calton custom banjo cases

May 21, 2019 - 6:34:04 PM

mdthib

Hong Kong

511 posts since 8/22/2013

Money does matter, but I'd love a case that fits just right, and I'll check out Calton.

Thanks, Rudy!

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