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Jan 13, 2021 - 4:22:35 PM
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640 posts since 5/4/2014

Hi folks, I recently acquired a banjo that came in a tenor case [made with a Rim diameter spacing of 14" and 5" Deep + 1"lid clearance].
Clearly the case was incorrect for this banjo, and is most likely not the original; but it a 1920s period case.

What on earth could this have been for? Consider that the neck rest has a spacing wide enough only for a tenor neck, not a guitar banjo.

A Weymann pot came to mind, but would still fall short and make the neck sit at an angle if resting on the bottom on the case.

Thoughts?

OldFrets - I believe you ran into something like this once as well - Did you ever find out what it was for?

Jan 13, 2021 - 4:34:16 PM
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jbalch

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8737 posts since 11/28/2003

Maybe for a Trujo? Just a guess.

They were very deep:

Edited by - jbalch on 01/13/2021 16:38:11

Jan 13, 2021 - 4:44:51 PM
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1206 posts since 5/19/2018

As John stated above, the only banjo I know of from the 1920’s - 1930s that would require a 5” deep case would be a Trujo.

That being said, I have never seen a Trujo case.

That’s quite the instrument in the above picture.

Jan 13, 2021 - 4:47:18 PM

1206 posts since 5/19/2018

On second thought, I think a Yosco Colossus may also be that deep.

Jan 13, 2021 - 5:33:22 PM
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2442 posts since 4/7/2010

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Originally posted by banjotrader

Hi folks, I recently acquired a banjo that came in a tenor case [made with a Rim diameter spacing of 14" and 5" Deep + 1"lid clearance].
Clearly the case was incorrect for this banjo, and is most likely not the original; but it a 1920s period case.


I agree that the case is not correct for the banjo, but could easily be the original case sold with the banjo. Likely it was the only decent banjo case in the shop when the Epiphone was sold. "Close enough, get it out the door." Even currently I see cases that are not a good match for the modern instruments in them.

Bob Smakula

Jan 14, 2021 - 5:18:57 AM

3 posts since 1/26/2011

I think it would be for a super paramount artist professional.

Jan 14, 2021 - 5:28:17 AM

640 posts since 5/4/2014

banjobarnes - Those are deep & wide, but not that deep. I've had a few of them too.
Bob Smakula - A possibility yes, but I will admit in the 75+ Epiphones I've bought/sold/kept for myself, that those with period cases are always the ones with Epiphone Logo, or the typical tenor cases of the day. Yes some poor fitting ones along the way, but those tended to be 60-70s cases made for gibsons. But I won't discard the possibility.

Jan 14, 2021 - 11:27:03 AM

281 posts since 2/21/2012

Hello Peter, I have a Trujillo Tenor in the original case, so will check the
Measurements tomorrow, Keith

Jan 14, 2021 - 11:27:58 AM

281 posts since 2/21/2012

That should have read TRUJO !

Jan 15, 2021 - 10:58:25 AM
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281 posts since 2/21/2012

Peter, The measurements of my TRUJO case are as follows,
length 35 1/2”
Width 14 1/4”
depth 5 1/2
+ lid. 1”
So I would think it IS a TRUJO case.
Keith

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