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Jan 27, 2020 - 6:46:32 PM
5 posts since 11/27/2010

While traveling to the UK I will need a sturdy case. A Calton or Hoffee are so expensive I could practically buy a plane ticket for the banjo. Can I get away with using something like the Crossrock CRF2000BJNVBL Fiberglass Case? I plan to carry on and stow in the overhead. Pro's and con's about cases?

Jan 27, 2020 - 7:13:38 PM

mirwin

USA

187 posts since 2/4/2011

I'm not familiar with the Crossrock case but I did have a Calton for a while. I flew several times with it and only had to check it once but I never had to worry about damage to my banjo. Think of a Calton (or Hoffee) case like having travel insurance for your banjo. Besides, when you're through using it you can always sell it for 60 to 70 percent of what it cost you.
Mike

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:14:26 PM

273 posts since 8/17/2010

Airlines typically restrict the size of carry-on luggage. I doubt they'll allow a banjo.

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:08:09 AM
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CarloSc

Netherlands

5 posts since 9/1/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Kane Hollins

While traveling to the UK I will need a sturdy case. A Calton or Hoffee are so expensive I could practically buy a plane ticket for the banjo. Can I get away with using something like the Crossrock CRF2000BJNVBL Fiberglass Case? I plan to carry on and stow in the overhead. Pro's and con's about cases?


You might want to check out this guide on the BHO: https://www.banjohangout.org/topic/281603

It includes everything you need to know about flying with a banjo: how to pack it, airline policies, which plane models you can usually bring a banjo on, and so on and so forth...

As long as you manage to get it into the overhead compartment any case should do. Counterintuitively, using a "weaker" case might give you better chances of convincing the crew to let you put it in the overhead compartment or in the "crew closet" (whatever it's called), on account of the instrument obviously getting damaged if it were to be put in the cargo bay. The downside is that you are basically rolling the dice.

Definitely check out the guide!

Hope this helps.

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:00:46 AM
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10607 posts since 2/12/2011

Banjo value should help you decide.

Jan 28, 2020 - 11:14:18 AM

Owen

Canada

4797 posts since 6/5/2011
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quote:
Originally posted by fretful1

Airlines typically restrict the size of carry-on luggage. I doubt they'll allow a banjo.


.... and they do an absolutely ****-poor job of divvying up the space.  MY math says that MY space allotment = total space divided by number of passengers, and generally speaking, it should be more-or-less ABOVE my seat.  But, what do I know?

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:19:39 PM

1164 posts since 2/2/2008

I use a a case like a Deering with the raised arch over neck and pot. I also support the neck and headstock with foam under and on top. Travelled 5 trips each way with no issues. Strong cases, my 5 yr old kids stand on them and they hold

Jan 29, 2020 - 2:43:57 AM

1164 posts since 2/2/2008

This is my banjo case My case has never let me down. It is a CNB but I cannot find a model number. The padding and arch really protects from damage.
I always jam foam or tea towels around neck and head stock to prevent any movement when traveling.


Jan 30, 2020 - 6:41:28 AM

976 posts since 1/26/2011

I have a Crossrock case that came with a banjo I bought. From the outside they look very sturdy, but I don’t like the internal padding. The neck slides down when you pick up the case. I prefer my Superior cases to it. I have a banjo stored at the house in it, but use a Superior archtop when I leave the house.

Jan 30, 2020 - 8:52:21 AM

803 posts since 3/23/2006

When I have to check my banjo, I use an Ameritage Silver case. I've used it many times without any problems. It is very strong. They go for about $350 new now. If I had a really valuable banjo, I'd consider a Calton or a Hoffee, but my instruments and travels don't really justify it.

Feb 3, 2020 - 3:19:21 PM

5 posts since 11/27/2010

Thanks, they look quite good. They are upwards of $550 these days.

Feb 3, 2020 - 4:02:06 PM

981 posts since 9/18/2009

Tell the check in that its a very valuable instrument, and you would like to stow it in the crew stowage (thats behind the cockpit) It worked for me coming back from the states. But that was with Delta, just after they had destroyed about 4 priceless Violins belonging to the halle orchestra..

Feb 3, 2020 - 4:23:56 PM

1114 posts since 11/17/2018
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I have read where some pro's remove the neck and then pack the banjo (with neck) in a carry-on.

Feb 3, 2020 - 7:21:38 PM

1164 posts since 2/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by OldNavyGuy

I have read where some pro's remove the neck and then pack the banjo (with neck) in a carry-on.


Not a silky idea. I have seen a number of posts here where the head and necks have broken at the top. After seeing those I always support the neck firm under and over inside case. I think if it cannot move it cannot break. With today's crazy world maybe they will class as a weapon. In November they took my tape off me which I use to secure my bags and banjo case. If it has been touched I know because the tape has been stretched or pulled at.

Feb 3, 2020 - 7:24:12 PM

1164 posts since 2/2/2008

To add to my post I asked why my tape? He just crossed his wrists together to signal it can be used as handcuffs but he did not say anything to me he just took it.

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