Capo-ble Banjo’s Biggest Advantage?

On most modes of transportation you can take any size of banjo with you.  A standard banjo in its case does not meet airline carry-on regulations, but most airlines let any musical instrument case into an overhead compartment if it will fit.  Banjos usually fit*; many guitars don’t.

If your instrument won’t fit, or the carrier doesn’t allow it as a carry-on, you’ll need to check it.  Regardless, you’ll need two pieces of luggage.

All of my capo-ble banjos, except the first, have a 22” string length, and are about 32” long.  That means one will fit in a 36” suitcase.  There are several brands of airline-acceptable suitcase that are as long as that, catering mainly to golfers.  Mine, shown above, is a Pivotal.  I made a cradle for the banjo, but, really, you can turn the bridge down and pad the banjo with clothes; it will do fine.

I find it a great convenience to pack everything in one case.

That’s an advantage of the capo-ble banjo, but not an exclusive one.  There are several short 5-string banjos on the market.  If you want one that will fit in a 36” suitcase, get its exact measurements before you buy.  (A 36” banjo will not fit in a 36” suitcase; 36” is the outside dimension.  My 32” banjo just fits.)

*Not much fits in the overhead compartments of small local planes.

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