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Jun 19, 2024 - 4:05:58 PM
22 posts since 12/27/2023

Hi everyone! I’m currently looking for a case, and have some questions. Firstly, could an open back fit in a resonator case? Or vice versa? Are there any cases out there that could fit both with ease? I currently play a resonator, but am planning on saving up for a custom open back some day, something like what Zach Hoyt makes or one of those pisgah banjos, but would rather not have to buy another case. I mostly plan on taking this to lessons and the occasional busk or gig, if that changes anything. Thank you in advance

Jun 19, 2024 - 4:20:49 PM
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484 posts since 5/16/2017

The resonator on a banjo adds a couple of inches to the size of the pot. You typically need a ~14" case to fit a resonator banjo. An open back banjo fits in an ~11 or 12" case (to make matters worse, case makers sell different size cases for different sized rim open back banjos). You could probably use one case for both but you'll have to add padding to the resonator banjo case to keep your open back snug. A resonator banjo won't fit in a 'normal' open back banjo case.

Jun 19, 2024 - 4:25:43 PM
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94 posts since 12/8/2011

If the banjos are the same size (ie 11 inch pot and common scale length) then the banjo should fit into the case, but not properly. When it lies flat, the body will want to sink lower, and there will be strain on the neck at the point it touches the middle column (the accessory box, usually). I got a resonator for practically pennies and if I put an openback in my resonator case, it fits about as well as a resonator banjo would. The cheaper thing is probably to get some styrofoam and foam-rubber and craft your own, um, cushion for the body that keeps the neck level (and unstrained) when the case is lying down.

Jun 19, 2024 - 5:26:16 PM

3638 posts since 12/31/2005

You would need to create padding to compensate for loss of resonator or you'll stress the neck and then padding to replace where flange and resonator are along the sides. Look at gig bags if you're just driving it locally. An Access One bag is standard with Pisgah and they work fine.

Jun 19, 2024 - 9:25:58 PM
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5847 posts since 5/29/2011

I agree with Barnacle Joe on all but one thing; I wouldn't use foam rubber for a spacer. The foam gives off gases that could damage the finish. A round throw pillow would be better.

Jun 20, 2024 - 5:36:10 AM

3384 posts since 9/5/2006

Access Stage 1 bag with the neck brace, and additional $25 from Access or your dealer is a good start.

Jun 20, 2024 - 7:28:50 AM

38 posts since 4/14/2023

A few months ago I purchased an open back online. I chose the particular seller because they were including a "Guardian hardshell case". Well, they did just that, but it was a resonator case. The picture shows how much additional "packing" they put in the case to adequately support the instrument. (In all fairness to the seller, they promptly "made good", told me to keep the Guardian case, and sent me a Gold Tone open back archtop case).

Jun 25, 2024 - 12:35:06 AM
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17587 posts since 8/30/2006

A round throw pillow lifts my Flatiron mandolin perfectly

ALL THE PLASTIC IS GASSING OUT - move forward please

one MUST raise the body of either type to relieve any downward stress on the bowling ball weight on the other end.  Swimming Noodles work well, so does copper pipe insulation,  I've even seen dirty laundry, but that was road warrior and he was a bachelor, so no man bashing 

otherwise small twist loc bags will make a perfect air cushion that saves us from the PEANUT CURSE. AN OPENBACK NEEDS STUFFING,  peanuts only in a scotch taped bag half full gives enough space for them to settle: easy to make new ones and repair 

pillows look coo L and Salvation Army has stuff like that, costuming in instrument cases is allowed most everywhere these these

Edited by - Helix on 06/25/2024 08:29:20

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