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Jul 16, 2019 - 2:34:27 PM

jmod

USA

320 posts since 9/24/2009

Hi all,

I'm in the market for a new resonator case to travel with, any recommendations?

If you know something with backpack straps, that is an added bonus.

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:09:15 PM

18 posts since 3/20/2019

I just recently bought two different brands of fiberglass cases in the $250 range, if you're interested in hearing about those. I never fly anywhere, so I didn't see the need to spend a grand on a case.

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:22:55 PM
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Ryk

USA

209 posts since 11/20/2011

I have a Hoffee and love it. Worth every penny i paid for it with a cover and back straps. I couldn't be happier with it.
Ryk

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:01:04 PM

407 posts since 6/2/2011

Ask Russ Carlson about high end protective cases. After a late night return from a gig did the dreaded “back over my case.” He had just taken delivery of a custom banjo. The case was cracked but the banjo was unhurt. If your banjo is a valuable instrument perhaps you need to transport it in.
I have a couple of top of the line TKL cases in which I transport my medium priced banjos. On one case I use a strap to D rings on the case. It is a single strap carry but works fine.
My banjos are under $1500 but if I had one twice as much I would seriously consider a great protective case. You buy those Carlton, Price or Hoffee as insurance against the unplanned event.

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:12:41 PM
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Alex Z

USA

3559 posts since 12/7/2006

"I'm in the market for a new resonator case to travel with, any recommendations?"

By "travel," do you mean airline checked baggage, or just schlepping around via car, train, etc.?

Jul 16, 2019 - 11:21:37 PM

315 posts since 2/5/2014

I have a Reunion Blues gig bag for my resonator banjo. It fits my banjo really well and has shoulder straps. I have flown with it, but never check it. On Southwest Airlines I slip the case on my shoulder and carry it right on. It fits in the overhead compartment and I don’t have to worry that the neck will break off. 

The bags aren’t cheap, but certainly far less than a Hoffee or Price. They are made from material but solid and well made. 

Edited by - talljoey on 07/16/2019 23:25:58

Jul 17, 2019 - 4:08:14 AM

Dave Churm

Canada

63 posts since 7/24/2007

i'd be interested in more info on those fiberglass cases

Jul 17, 2019 - 4:38:29 AM

jmod

USA

320 posts since 9/24/2009

Hi all, thanks for the replies. I'm not flying that much, but honestly I am just looking for something to haul around. I would be interested in hearing about the fiberglass cases you mentioned as well.

Jul 17, 2019 - 4:50:20 AM

18 posts since 3/20/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Dave Churm

i'd be interested in more info on those fiberglass cases


Dave, I'll post reviews of them later today.

TL/DR: The Crossrock 2000 series is a winner, the Superior not so much. Both come with backpack straps. The Superior will not fit a resonator with a strap, and it's not very deep. The Crossrock has better latches and adjustable padding.

Jul 18, 2019 - 3:54:05 AM

18 posts since 3/20/2019

quote:
Originally posted by jmod

Hi all, thanks for the replies. I'm not flying that much, but honestly I am just looking for something to haul around. I would be interested in hearing about the fiberglass cases you mentioned as well.


First review is here: https://www.banjohangout.org/reviews/search.asp?m=s&v=9625&redir=true

I'll try to get the review of the Superior case up today, but the main shortcoming of it is that there's not enough room in the resonator area. It's super tight, not deep enough for a Deering Blackgrass, and you can forget having a strap of any kind on your banjo and putting it in the Superior case. I had to rip out some padding around the resonator to fit a padded strap, so that the strap actually works as padding. Not an ideal situation. I'd actually use my Reunion Blues gig bag before I'd use the Superior.

Jul 18, 2019 - 10:28:55 AM

jmod

USA

320 posts since 9/24/2009

Thankful for your thoughts on the superior, I was looking at that one and I do indeed have a Deering Golden Era that I am wanting to put in it. You may have me sold on the Crossrock.

Jul 18, 2019 - 10:40:23 AM
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18 posts since 3/20/2019

Just make sure you get the 2000 series, not the 1000, which has many of the same problems as the Superior.

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