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Sep 15, 2021 - 7:01:57 AM
25 posts since 3/2/2021

I've been posting a LOT about the Stewart banjo I just bought... a Universal Favorite #1, open back, 11 inch rim, roughly 36 inches from the tip of the peghead to the tailpiece. I need a case for it, mainly to protect it while I'm not playing it.

I'm looking at a few cases at Elderly. The Golden Gate, Guardian, and Superior all seem reasonably priced. I know some folks here recommend the Superior, but some reviews I've read suggest poor quality (lining coming unglued, lid not seating well, and so the latches don't line up). Does anyone here have experience with any of these cases?

Strap-wise I would prefer something without leather. I like to avoid killing animals if possible. Seems like most banjo straps attach to the tension hooks in various ways. I'm looking at one from Couch with metal clips. Anything I should avoid?

Sep 15, 2021 - 7:36:50 AM
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jacot23

USA

219 posts since 12/13/2012

I have 2 Superior cases and gifted a 3rd one to a friend, all came from Bob Smakula; I personally don't think he'd carry them if they weren't excellent, but I could be wrong.

smakula.com/Cases.html

Sep 15, 2021 - 7:44:55 AM

1074 posts since 1/26/2011

I’m not a fan of metal clips on straps. You might look at Neotech straps. They have several different widths available. Here’s one:

https://www.amazon.com/Neotech-5701002-Guitar-Strap/dp/B0002E1NQ4/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=1KM3SGRUGLYQH&dchild=1&keywords=neotech+banjo+strap&qid=1631717122&sprefix=neotech+banjo+&sr=8-3

Edited by - jdeluke137 on 09/15/2021 07:46:12

Sep 15, 2021 - 7:47:20 AM

6420 posts since 9/21/2007

1+ for the Superior cases, they are fine and don't have the weird vanilla stink that TKL cases had.

I don't use a strap but I think you are over thinking this. A piece of cotton webbing from Joanns and some string to tie it to the hooks is all you need. Metal hooks are a terrible idea and that strap maker should be ashamed for offering it.

Sep 15, 2021 - 7:59:17 AM
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11002 posts since 4/23/2004

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Originally posted by Joel Hooks

1+ for the Superior cases, they are fine and don't have the weird vanilla stink that TKL cases had.

I don't use a strap but I think you are over thinking this. A piece of cotton webbing from Joanns and some string to tie it to the hooks is all you need. Metal hooks are a terrible idea and that strap maker should be ashamed for offering it.


LOL. My first Stewart still has the strap I made for it in 1985...a piece of paracord.

Sep 15, 2021 - 9:50:23 AM

2716 posts since 4/7/2010

automattack

As mentioned above, I am a fan of Superior hard cases. Their strength to weight ratio is the best that I know of in their price range.

As far as defects go, I have had many with loose lining. But that inconsistent defect has definitely gotten better in the last 2 years. But the end consumer has nothing to worry about in buying a Superior hard case from me as we inspect every one before shipping and if there is loose lining or a hardware issue (very infrequent) we correct it before putting in the box. Most of the time these days I do not have to warm up my Martha Stewart signature model hot glue gun.

I do have the CD-1535, black exterior, and the CD-2535, brown exterior, in stock. send a personal message if you want more information.

Bob Smakula
smakula.com

Edited by - Bob Smakula on 09/15/2021 09:56:17

Sep 15, 2021 - 10:34:24 AM

169 posts since 3/25/2016

I have purchased two Superior cases for old Tubaphones:  good (if snug) fit with fine padding.  No problems after several years.  One, given to my brother, strikes him as "too nice," so that an intruder would be drawn to his best/favorite banjo because of the nice case.  Make of that what you will!

By the way, in my experience, the grand Bob Smakula can be trusted implicitly and completely!

Sep 15, 2021 - 10:36:44 AM

169 posts since 3/25/2016

I forgot to mention: I also use and enjoy a Neotech Super Banjo Strap with my heavy Ome flathead resonator banjo and would recommend it.

Sep 15, 2021 - 11:11:42 AM

6420 posts since 9/21/2007

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Originally posted by banjo5280

I forgot to mention: I also use and enjoy a Neotech Super Banjo Strap with my heavy Ome flathead resonator banjo and would recommend it.


Um, the SSS Champion #2 (larger, 11.5" rim and heavier with the heel cracker thing) that is hanging on my office wall weighs in at 5.34 lbs.  

A Universal Favorite would weigh less (mine is at home so I can't weigh it. 

Anything more than a 1" or 2" wide piece of webbing (or even a piece of paracord) is overkill. 

Traditionally all of these classic era banjos were played sitting down.  It was not until parking lot banjo came about that people used straps. 

Sep 15, 2021 - 1:17:02 PM

25 posts since 3/2/2021

Y'all are great. I appreciate all the input I've gotten here. In all my threads. Thank you!

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