Homemade Saxophone Reed Case

by Ryan Cockerham
Saxophone reeds are much larger than clarinet or oboe reeds.

Saxophone reeds are much larger than clarinet or oboe reeds.

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For woodwind instrument musicians, the quality of their instrument's reed directly affects their performance. Many musicians prepare and season several different reeds simultaneously, reducing the risk of finding themselves without the necessary tools for professional performance. Reed cases protect delicate reeds from cracking or other physical harm. Constructing a reed case for the saxophone can be accomplished quickly and affordably.

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Preparation

Measure the physical dimensions of your saxophone reeds. This measurement will directly affect the size of your future reed case. As each different type of saxophone uses a different reed, do not use a generic "saxophone" reed size you may have found.

Shell

Obtain a hard-shell business or credit card case that exceeds the dimensions of your reeds by, at minimum, 1/2 inch. The majority of office supply stores stock these items. When selecting your case, choose one that contains a minimum of interior storage pockets.

Interior

Purchase thin foam paneling from your preferred home improvement store and cut it to the dimensions of the interior faces of your card case. If necessary, use the scissors or a sharp knife to thin the paneling so the two interior panels will not lie flush with each other.

Procedure

Glue the foam panels to the interior of the credit card case. If an interior pocket is obstructing the foam, use a sharp knife to cut out the pocket from the shell. The foam paneling will cover any rough edges left by these cuts.

Finishing

Place your reeds inside of the case and gently close the lid, checking to make sure the case closes easily. If the thickness of the foam makes closing the case difficult, remove the foam panels and reduce their thickness again.

About the Author

Ryan Cockerham has written for various websites since 2006, focusing on a variety of subjects ranging from music history and technology to photography and fashion. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Arkansas and is pursuing a Master of Music in music technology from New York University.

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