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Gig Bag or Decent Case for Bell Boucher

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Garber Nov 19. 27 Replies

Hi All:I see the last time this was discussed was over 5 years ago, so I apologize if it is old news. I tried all my existing banjo cases and the only case that fits it in the house is a guitar gig…Continue

Tags: case, bag, gig, Boucher

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Paul Draper left a comment for Jim Garber
"Hi Jim! I thought that was you! I played a couple of square dances with you and Liz and the Shoestring folks..."
Nov 20
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Nov 20
Jim Garber replied to Jim Garber's discussion Gig Bag or Decent Case for Bell Boucher
"I could not find anyone who carried this long neck banjo gig bag except for Elderly and Gold Tone."
Nov 19
Strumelia replied to Jim Garber's discussion Gig Bag or Decent Case for Bell Boucher
"If you can find a new one on Amazon, I believe you might be able to return it by asking the seller for a printed return label (paid shipping) if it doesn't fit.  Worth investigating, be sure to review the seller's return policies."
Nov 19
Jim Garber replied to Jim Garber's discussion Gig Bag or Decent Case for Bell Boucher
"Well, I was convinced that the Goldtone gig bag was the best solution but I just checked the shipping from Elderly and I must have missed something because Fedex will ship it for about $26. So I ordered the shopworn one and hope that it will be…"
Nov 19
Parker Buckley replied to Jim Garber's discussion Gig Bag or Decent Case for Bell Boucher
"I certainly understand.  I took a risk by ordering one, which worked out for me, but you might feel like it's too snug.  And it would be a pain to ship it back.  I agree on the store.....I got to visit them a couple of years ago,…"
Nov 18
Jim Garber replied to Jim Garber's discussion Gig Bag or Decent Case for Bell Boucher
"I not convinced that it would not work. I may see Lisa/Strumelia sometime and maybe I can convince her (likely) to bring her banjo and Alpine bag. I just would hate to have to buy something and return it because it would not fit. Too bad because my…"
Nov 18
Parker Buckley replied to Jim Garber's discussion Gig Bag or Decent Case for Bell Boucher
"I guess you remain convinced that the Alpine bag won't work, but when I was shopping for a bag, I called Bernunzio's and asked them to actually measure one for my Bell Boucher.  They thought there was enough flex in the bag for it to…"
Nov 18
Jim Garber replied to Jim Garber's discussion Gig Bag or Decent Case for Bell Boucher
"Ah, thanks!"
Nov 18
Strumelia replied to Jim Garber's discussion Gig Bag or Decent Case for Bell Boucher
"Yeah but remember I said the Boulder will likely not accommodate anything longer than 40", even when stretching it to the max.   :("
Nov 18
Jim Garber replied to Jim Garber's discussion Gig Bag or Decent Case for Bell Boucher
"hah! I suppose I could just get a Boulder gig bag like you have for your Stichter. The Gold Tone cost more to ship since it will not fold up smaller whereas the Boulder will actually ship for $14. Big difference in shipping cost!"
Nov 18
Strumelia replied to Jim Garber's discussion Gig Bag or Decent Case for Bell Boucher
"Yes, my Bell Stichter arrived in a brown very thin fabric sack seemingly made from a sheet.  I think that's the sack Terry Bell provides. Just use heavy upholstery fabric of any kind the looks 'timeless' and appeals to you. …"
Nov 18
Jim Garber replied to Jim Garber's discussion Gig Bag or Decent Case for Bell Boucher
"Strumelia: do I have to have authentic 19th century paisley fabric? Maybe I could take great grandma's quilt and make a gig bag from that. :-) The banjo came with a very thin cloth sack. I have a feeling that the seller was a civil war…"
Nov 18
Strumelia replied to Jim Garber's discussion Gig Bag or Decent Case for Bell Boucher
"Or, get yourself a sewing machine and some nice upholstery fabric and make a heavy sack: paisley banjo sack"
Nov 18
Jim Garber replied to Jim Garber's discussion Gig Bag or Decent Case for Bell Boucher
"I actually wonder if the foam construction might be a problem removing the accessory compartment vs. a real wooden hardshell case."
Nov 18
Jim Garber replied to Jim Garber's discussion Gig Bag or Decent Case for Bell Boucher
"This is a strange dilemma. I was very prepared to buy the Gold Tone case mentioned below and sold from Elderly. A friend has a tenor banjp case by them and they are nice and thick. Elderly even has a shopworn one with a missing tab on the zipper for…"
Nov 18

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Web search
How long have you played banjo?
about 40 years, but mostly dabbling at clawhammer/frailing. I am more of an old time fiddler, guitar and mandolinist.
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Bell Boucher model, Old Fairbanks Senator and Fairbanks & Cole, old Vega Tubaphone tenor, Benary

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At 6:01pm on November 20, 2017, Paul Draper said…
Hi Jim! I thought that was you! I played a couple of square dances with you and Liz and the Shoestring folks...

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