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Looking for new hardshell case for resonator flathead banjo

Oct 27, 2021 - 7:26:33 AM
890 posts since 3/1/2005

I'm looking for a new hardshell case, but the options out there are confusing. Can anybody recommend Superior cases? If so, which model?

My banjo is a Huber Lancaster -- resonator flathead.

(Side note: did anybody else have problems with their original Huber case? I always have to loosen my capo behind the nut to keep the capo from pushing hard against the central compartment.)

Oct 27, 2021 - 8:32:18 AM
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247 posts since 12/13/2012

I love Superior cases, but both of mine are made for open backs. I'd suggest contacting Bob Smakula and discussing it with him, betting he can make a recommendation.

Oct 27, 2021 - 8:42:49 AM

2793 posts since 4/7/2010


I sell loads of Superior hard shell case for openback banjos and I really like the CD-15XX (black exterior) and the CD-25XX (brown exterior) they have excellent padding and an arched lid for strength. The openback cases weigh 8 pounds. I expect the resonator case to weigh a little more. I happen to have one, and only one, CD-1530 Superior hard case for resonator banjo in stock. Cost is $180 and what ever the UPS shipping costs.

Reading your post again, consider shortening the case accessory compartment so the neck rest is around the first fret. I do that operation frequently on TKL and Superior cases.

Bob Smakula

Oct 27, 2021 - 12:41:07 PM
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1606 posts since 5/19/2018

I would suggest that you leave the capo off the neck of the banjo no matter which new case you settle with.

Just better for the banjo and leaves no Chance for the finish to be damaged from the banjo moving in the case.

Oct 28, 2021 - 7:48:17 AM

11816 posts since 10/27/2006

I sell Superior and Guardian cases. Stock is spotty right now. Prices are high and shipping is expensive.

Oct 28, 2021 - 8:09:56 AM
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1133 posts since 8/9/2019

For the capo, if you get a Calton/Mainstage type case, leaving the capo behind the nut while in the case will never be an issue.

Get a case with good support of the neck if you plan on travelling with it.
Superior cases are fine for the most part but they're not travel cases.

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