This is the banjo case I use for flying when I travel with my banjo. In my experience traveling with a banjo professionally for over 30 years this is the most sensible system I've used and I've tried a lot of different ways of traveling with a banjo safely, economically and with all concerns considered. I feel it is the best banjo case for flying with your banjo there is. This system really works, I've used it for over 100 trips flying with my banjo and I can highly recommend it from direct experience.
Right before I started using this case I had a neck broken by the airlines which caused me to look hard at the best case out there and this is it. The case I had cost almost three times as much as this one too.
How the banjo flight case works
The banjo and your normal hard shell case are suspended inside the outer case with the C-Pads, There is room above and underneath the inside banjo case to stuff clothes and other personal items which also help protect it. Even though is strong and especially durable (it has not gotten all scuffed up and worn looking) it is so light that even stuffed full of clothes and other items I still get under the 50 LB limit. I highly recommend it. The wheels work good too. That is a big thing to me and one of the main reasons for getting this type of case. I don't care how good the much more expensive extra fortified normal sized banjo cases are, you could loose an arm carrying one of those across the airport, the wheels make it really effortless. Because I have checked my banjo so many times with this case with no issues I found that it is so much easier and less hassle to just "check it and forget it" knowing it will arrive safely. This and the fact I wont have to mess with carrying it through security, or wonder if the flight attendant is going to force my banjo to be gate checked, or the anxiety of wondering it they are even going to allow me to carry it through security in the first place.
The fact that through real experience I have full faith my banjo will be safe when I check it and that it wont be overweight. All that adds up to me having a much more peaceful day flying. and also not having to hand carry my heavy fiberglass case. I put the fiberglass hard case in this flight case, use the wheels to carry it and check it. A "calton" fiberglass case with a bluegrass banjo weighs about 20 lbs and when it's inside this flight case it only adds about 10 lbs. This means you could even add 20 lbs of clothes in the case and still be under the 50lb baggage weight limit, and I do that.
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