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May 21, 2019 - 2:30:11 PM
597 posts since 3/12/2008

I am looking to get a Hoffee case for my ‘27 Gibson no-hole 5-string. Hoffee says they do not have specs for that particular banjo, but asked if it differs from other pre-war Mastertones in measurements. And I couldn’t answer that. I am hoping others here on the Hangout will know, especially regarding, say, the 40-holers and the ball bearings (all tube-and-plate Gibsons). Input from Hoffee owners would be welcomed. Thanks in advance.

May 21, 2019 - 3:38:44 PM

11963 posts since 10/30/2008

No, they are no different from "modern" Gibsons as far as case fit. As long as you didn't get some sort of unusually long or short scale conversion neck.

May 21, 2019 - 4:55:13 PM

2580 posts since 10/13/2011

I have a no-hole archtop Style 3.  It should fit just fine in a Hoffee built for Gibsons.  I briefly owned a Hoffee case, ended up preferring a Calton only because the Calton is less bulky.

Edited by - jswkingsfield on 05/21/2019 16:58:00

May 21, 2019 - 8:15:44 PM



40 posts since 2/24/2012

I can't speak to the measurements of pre-war Gibson banjos, but I do love my Hoffee banjo case.

May 22, 2019 - 3:52:52 AM

2465 posts since 12/4/2009


Hoffee is good to know the banjo and its needs. One size does not fit all. I ordered a Hoffee for my RB-12 when the Gibson was showing signs of failing, (hinges and gaps). With an 11/16" bridge, TT, and the famous bump on the resonator, these diminsions needed to be taken into account. What you get is a custom case fro your banjo. That is the best part. Get the RFID chip and the strap.

May 22, 2019 - 6:32:16 AM

597 posts since 3/12/2008

Thank all of you for your answers and thoughts. Gill

May 28, 2019 - 7:57:43 AM
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302 posts since 12/14/2008

I still like the old heavier calton. Yes they are heavier but they are also the strongest case on the market. I have had it for 12 plus years and still in perfect shape. I saw a Hoffee case that was smashed by the airline the other day and I knew I would not be getting one after that. That would not happen with my calton case. They are not cheap but they last a lifetime.

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