Carrion C-2901 Black Hardshell 5-String Resonator Banjo Case Review

The Carrion C-2901 Black Hardshell 5-String Resonator Banjo Case is made specifically to hold the 5-string banjo. Whether you’re touring on the road with your instrument or bringing it to the local bar to play with friends, you’ll need a case that protects your banjo from being knocked around. It can cost lots of time and money to get a banjo repaired when it’s been knocked out of tune, or if parts break from it.

This banjo case is perfectly sized for the 5-string banjo, so you don’t have to worry about the instrument having too much room to move inside the case. That can cause it’s own problems. It won’t look like there’s been damage, but you’ll get on stage to play only to find that the instrument is out of tune. That would be extremely embarrassing.

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Carrion C-2901 Black Hardshell 5-String Resonator Banjo Case

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  • Soft, velvet interior
  • Foam padding
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • Lockable latches
  • Strong core
  • Durable exterior

First Impressions

We would describe the Carrion C-2901 Black Hardshell 5-String Resonator Banjo Case as a case where the affordable hardshell market has met a rugged durability. The exterior of the case can take a beating. While we definitely wouldn’t recommend running it down with your tour bus, you could toss the case in with other instruments without worrying that the banjo strings will snap or the fretboard will break.

Exterior Durability

The exterior of the banjo case is a black Tolex material. This material has been used on products that need a flexible vinyl that is durable and waterproof. The name Tolex is actually used to describe vinyl tape that’s used for other applications in the music world. Musicians might use the tape to cover a piece of an amplifier. It’s usually a generic material that’s called Tolex because people understand what that means. Like bandages being called Bandaids. That’s a specific name meant in a general way. The same is true of Tolex.

Interior Padding and Construction

The materials between the Tolex outside and plush interior is a plywood core made of multiple heavy-duty sheets of wood. This gives the case a strength that helps it stand up to any abuse.

The plush interior plush velvet that hides a foam padding. This dense material is layered over where the fret board would be placed to keep it from moving around too extensively. This protective padding fits the 5-string banjo perfectly.

The resonator banjo needs extra room inside the banjo case, which means that you’ll need a case specifically for the resonator banjo. It’s the difference of a few inches, but the case that will accommodate the resonator banjo will mold securely around the banjo better than one that leaves too much space or not enough space.


If you have to leave your instrument someplace where someone might open the case and steal something off the banjo, you’ll want a latch that locks tight. Whether you’re playing in a public venue for money or taking your banjo with you on the bus, having a latching case will keep strangers from messing with your banjo or stealing anything you have inside the case.

The lockable latches are made from brass that’s been covered with a chrome plating. They have quality construction that provides security while making the case look like an expensive one.

Protecting Your Investment

A banjo case is vital for the safety and security of your instrument. Spending hundreds on your banjo but leaving it out in the open will definitely lead to having to replace that banjo, the strings, or the bridge when the banjo gets broken.

You can always buy one banjo case for when you’re traveling. As long as it’s big enough to hold a resonator banjo, it can be used for any 5-string banjo you have in your collection.

Unique Design

The design itself is a mixture of durable materials at reasonable prices for a banjo enthusiast who wants to protect their instrument. The Tolex exterior means it’s waterproof while the latches can be locked to protect anything else you have in your case as well as your instrument. There’s a large, padded storage compartment, too. All of that makes this banjo case a tough case to crack.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this be used for storing the banjo?
This would be a perfect case for storing the banjo since it’s waterproof and padded.

What are the dimensions of the case?
The depth is 5 inches, and the internal height is 41 inches.


This Carrion C-2901 Black Hardshell 5-String Resonator Banjo Case is made to protect your instrument investment – whether you plan on taking the banjo on the road or storing it during a move. There are so many scenarios where this case will protect your 5-string banjo with attached resonator. It’s reasonably priced for the amount of protection that you’re getting with this banjo case.

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