I have reached the point of needing a new case for my Mastertone… I have been carrying it around in a cheap Guardian that I had originally purchased for my beginner banjo, and have been worried about damage to the banjo due to drops, falling over, etc.
So, what would y’all recommend for a nice protective case? I would like your opinions on Calton (fiberglass) vs. Hoffee (carbon fiber) cases; I am currently leaning toward Hoffee/carbon fiber because of the lighter weight of carbon fiber as opposed to fiberglass and the insulation you can get with it. I also like the look of the Hoffee better. But, I would like to know if y’all have any experience with either of the brands.
Thanks so much and Happy New Year!
No experience with either, but Russ Carson ran a car over his Hoffee and his banjo didn’t get damaged at all…
Also Jake did an in depth strength test of a Calton which you can see at the general store page.
Personally, I’d lean more towards Hoffee from what I’ve heard about both
Either should protect well from bumps & such…I htink I’d go for the best insulation.
I’ve had more issues with temp change over the years than with destructive stikes.
Check out this video
I honestly think that war-survivor distressed look is pretty cool. I wonder if I could buy the test case…
Got a Calton banjo case from Carter’s a couple years ago. Very well constructed, stout hardware and the banjo fits perfectly. It holds stickers very well . No experience with Hoffee but I know lots of touring pros use them.
It’s hard for me to say which is/would be better for you. I personally sell Calton’s and have no experience with Hoffee cases, but I’ve sure heard good things!
Thanks for the replies, everyone! Decided to try out one of these fiberglass cases from Crossrock… seems like a pretty nice case, especially since it’s about 1/4 of the price of the higher end cases:
I’m interested in seeing how it holds up over time; I’ll probably post a review after I try it out.
Post a video of when you put yer banjer in it, and heave it off the roof…
I’ve heard of the crossrock cases on mandolincafe, they’re spoken of well, and it looks similar to the one the Pava case comes in
Lol that’s what I was thinking:
I saw a video last year about why a banjo was broken by the airlines and said it was due to the inferior case. I cannot find the video now and do not remember where I orginally saw it. It went over how the neck in the cheaper case was not well protected. Anyway, I too would like to get a better case for my better instruments, but not ready to spend as much or more than I did on the instruments for the case. It would be good to see a review on cases that are airline worthy and ones that are not.
Yep, neck/headstock support is a very important (and sometimes overlooked) factor in how much a case will protect an instrument… many case manufacturers are more concerned about how much weight a case will hold, etc. than how protective the interior is. I’ll probably add extra padding material around the headstock area of the case when I get it.
Like distressed jeans, it would cost you twice as much!
I’m seriously thinking I should ride a skateboard for about ten minutes and then sell my now useless Jean’s at an upcharge…