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May 4, 2020 - 4:49:54 AM
97 posts since 5/25/2015

I bought a 1920s banjo recently that came with its old case. The case is pretty weak (thick cardboard with thin felt inside) and has seen better days so the banjo now lives in a proper case! The question I've got now is what to do with old one? It's taking up space and smells of 100 years' worth of pipe tobacco! I don't know if anyone wants these or if it's just junk. Any ideas?


Edited by - gentrixuk on 05/04/2020 04:55:14

May 4, 2020 - 5:17:21 AM

2873 posts since 2/18/2009

I had a fiddle case that was similarly old and in rough shape, and I listed it on the free section of Craigslist under the heading "Prehistoric fiddle case". Someone did eventually come and get it, a month or two later. What he did with it I don't know, but I was glad to have it gone and not have to throw it out.
Zach

May 4, 2020 - 6:54:52 AM
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1848 posts since 2/10/2013

Give the cast to a needy cat !!!

May 4, 2020 - 7:01:52 AM

1119 posts since 8/10/2009

I have an old Redline Tenor Case and it’s in really great shape. However, I don’t have a tenor banjo for it. So... I store guitar and mic cables in the round part, 9v batteries and accessories in the pick compartment, and patch cables in the headstock area. Works great and hides all my ugly cables.

May 4, 2020 - 7:26:27 AM

5298 posts since 9/21/2007

Those end loading cases are the reason why 19th and early 20th century banjos all have wear/rub damage to the back top of the peghead.

May 4, 2020 - 8:44:38 AM

930 posts since 5/19/2018

It seems as if old instrument cases do have some value. Some instrument cases have a good deal of value.

If you look on Reverb, and search vintage case, you will be surprised at the amounts that come up for some used cases.

Not sure what a case like yours would be worth, but it’s really interesting, and I’m sure someone would at least want it.

Don’t trash it, advertise it and see what happens.

May 4, 2020 - 9:47:17 AM

Fathand

Canada

11595 posts since 2/7/2008

Buy another banjo to put in it.

May 5, 2020 - 1:03:22 AM

97 posts since 5/25/2015

quote:
Originally posted by Alvin Conder

It seems as if old instrument cases do have some value. Some instrument cases have a good deal of value.

If you look on Reverb, and search vintage case, you will be surprised at the amounts that come up for some used cases.

Not sure what a case like yours would be worth, but it’s really interesting, and I’m sure someone would at least want it.

Don’t trash it, advertise it and see what happens.


Yes probably worth listing it and see if anyone wants it. It might be useful as a prop or maybe decorating a pub somewhere.

May 5, 2020 - 1:44 AM

2704 posts since 4/29/2012

Handy to have around if you want to sell this or another banjo and need to ship it maybe ? I've got a pile of old cases in various degrees of decrepitude that old banjos came in. Only one I ever actually use is the beautiful full leather case that was a surprise extra that came with an Ebay Slingerland . I'm thinking "he shouldn't just bin it". But I'm not sure why I think that.

May 5, 2020 - 1:45:33 AM

2704 posts since 4/29/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Richard Hauser

Give the cast to a needy cat !!!


The only advantage of those old end-loading cases is that the cat can't piss in them.

May 5, 2020 - 7:19:19 AM

3879 posts since 5/12/2010

You could stuff it with silk flowers and hang it on a door or wall. My wife did that with an old rifle scabbard once.

May 6, 2020 - 5:17:52 PM

430 posts since 5/29/2006

Birdhouse?

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