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Jan 27, 2023 - 6:50:12 PM



280 posts since 9/3/2018

I have an A-scale chuck lee 5 string that needs a case. I'm posting here, because I've learned that tenor cases might be the way to go. Maybe someone here can point me in the right direction? I did try posting in the "shopping" forum, to no avail. And yes, I did message Bob Smakula and Chuck Lee, and I've spent probably hours googling cases and I'm just not figuring this out.

So, what cases do you like? I'm interested in hard cases and sturdy gig/foam cases. At this point I'm open to guitar cases even. Or octave mandolin. Whatever works.

The dimensions of my banjo are

rim diameter: 11" rim, but it's 12" diameter total, including hardware
total length: 33 3/4" including tailpiece
Height including bridge: 3 3/4 " (this is maybe the tricky bit, Chuck's banjo pots are deeper than most)
Thanks for any leads. :)

Edited by - KatB on 01/27/2023 18:51:47

Jan 27, 2023 - 7:43:35 PM
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3093 posts since 3/30/2008

I've found that there are many more quality guitar cases available, & affordable than banjo cases. I have many banjos in guitar cases.  If they need some space adjustment & padding , that is easily accomplished.

Edited by - tdennis on 01/27/2023 19:48:14

Jan 27, 2023 - 11:39:38 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)


26866 posts since 6/25/2005

In the affordable range, I’d look at Superior and Guardian. Check with various dealers.

Jan 28, 2023 - 4:48:49 AM
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452 posts since 9/23/2009

These are terrific - you might be able to find one that fits.

Jan 28, 2023 - 5:33:19 AM
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3238 posts since 4/7/2010

Originally posted by Bill Rogers

In the affordable range, I’d look at Superior and Guardian. Check with various dealers.

Superior did make an openback tenor case that would probably fit. I ordered 100 custom cases and they came in deeper than I ordered. I rejected them and Saga, the importer of Superior cases, took them back ans sold them. They sold out and they are not planning to make that a regular offering.

Guardian does not offer an openback tenor case. Their only openback case, the  CG-044-JO is for a full length 5-string. The length is listed as 40". Not sure if that is the interior or exterior length.

The big issue is the depth of the rim. Being deeper than most openback banjos, it may be the only alternative is to customize a standard case. Not impossible, but a big pain.


Bob Smakula

Jan 28, 2023 - 9:24:01 AM
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691 posts since 9/29/2009

TKL makes pretty nice cases although a little heavy. Here is a tenor case that is very close to the size you are looking for.

Jan 28, 2023 - 12:10:32 PM
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TN Time


489 posts since 12/6/2021

I really like Gator cases. Not sure if they have the size you need, but it is worth a try to look.

Jan 28, 2023 - 1:00:53 PM
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237 posts since 12/7/2007

I have a Cedar Mountain “A” scale with a 3” deep pot, and a pot height, including the bridge, of 3.5.” It’s right at 33” long, and with the brackets included in the 11” pot’s measurement, it’s pot is a total of 12” in diameter. It fits nearly perfectly in one of Bob Smakula’s TKL, model 8938 cases for 11” tenor and short neck five string banjos. And there are a couple of inches to spare, overall length wise. It could be that your banjo’s slightly higher overall pot height would cause you problems. But if there’s any chance you could test/try your banjo in that particular case, I think it might be worth checking out.

Jan 29, 2023 - 5:04:57 AM
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282 posts since 11/20/2011

I am really pleased with this case: Yes ... Clareen is in Ireland ... but they ship worldwide .... Tom and Fintan are great folks to do business with ... it was quick getting the case here to Vermont ... and it's a helluva case.

Jan 29, 2023 - 7:35:06 PM
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3299 posts since 6/27/2013

A couple of cases of Heineken would be nice.

Feb 1, 2023 - 6:37:46 PM



280 posts since 9/3/2018

Thank you everyone. Lots of good leads here.

Feb 2, 2023 - 7:26:04 AM



1684 posts since 11/6/2008

I use a tenor superior gig bag for my 5str open back

I also own a beautiful reunion blues tenor gig bag (very good and quite expencive) that I usually use with my gibson tenor, but the five str open back fits well....

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