This started as a discussion on the long neck page. Since I cannot add pics to that string, I created this forum entry.
The Deering LN casess were on sale for under $100 (I offered and paid $70) last year on eBay. Someone got a bunch of them and sold them off. Unfortunately, the handle is poorly placed, and the case will "neck dive" while being carried.
I noticed that the neck of my '66 Gibson case did the same, but not as badly. Hmmm, handle in a different spot....
So I removed and moved the handle on Deering case to the balance point on the case. Wow!, I think it even feels "lighter" to carry, because you are not fighting to keep the neck end up (and it is a heavy case).
I've attached some photos, and I'll offer some personal advice on what and how to do this job:
1) Use a frosting knife or something thin to slide behind fabric, to pull away cleanly and neatly
2) Make sure to move any lining cloth from where you will drill - I saw that two screws would go right into the case pocket area, so I was not worried. But the drill caught case lining, spun some of it, and tore it. Thankfully it is in the case pocket....
3) I used brass screws, washers, and nuts, to match the look of the gold hardware. The screws come thru in areas that will never touch the banjo.
4) Balance the case on a stick or thin board, on it's back - the balance point I found this way was perfect when I installed the handle.
Any questions, let me know.
4) Remove neck support - two brass screws, goes right back in when done, but need access behind it.
5) I moved over from perfect balance spot to enable reuse of existing hole, and covering up another one. Made no difference in final result.
I touched up the old holes with a black sharpie. I think that I'll epoxy in a couple of dowels to fill the holes, then blacken them with a sharpie. Just to keep water out in a rain storm.
When done, the handle almost matches the one on my '66 Gibson case. Much better balances.
Forgot to note - case rivets drilled out from back side. I tried to center punch and drill from outside, but domed rivets would not allow it.
There are any number of banjo cases the handle is in the wrong place for balance. I have modified the case I bought for my RK 35.
Thanks again buddy!
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