Topic: Reed Cases: Make Your Own

I am one of the few people who are sensible enough to not pay $80 on a 10 Bassoon Reed Case when I can make a 30 reed case for $7 that looks almost as good (I'm pretty handy and crafty). Even if it did look like crap they definitely do the same or BETTER job because I can customize them down to even the cane brand I use!

To my real question:

Does anyone know where I can get a type of holder? Like mandrel, ribbon style holder, etc. for my reed cases? I know reed n'stuff sells them but seriously guys $19 for 54 ribbon style holders. Ribbon style holders are made of packing material. Go to the post office and they'll be happy for you to take them. Only problem is getting them into shape. So honestly I don't care about the type of holder, I just need to know where I can buy them. Also does anyone know where I can get a case 'clip lock'. I am referring to when you close the case it locks in place and you press the little buttonish thing and it unlocks. I need a convenient way to open and close my cases (doesn't need to be a clip lock, all ideas are welcome)


Thanks!

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Re: Reed Cases: Make Your Own

The ribbon -type soft rubber reed holders sold by Reeds and Stuff are now available from Miller Marketing in Pennsylvania.  I recently bought a full meter (about 39 inches) for under $23 including postage.  This is enough for about 105 oboe reeds. It would be a bit less for bassoon reeds which are wider.  This does not seem excessive since the reeds fit beautifully, snug and safe,  and far better than the many ways I'v tried to do it using cloth ribbons, metal etc. I could never get the shape uniform and it was very time consuming.  With the rubber ribbon from Millers you just cut to width of reed box container and stick it down.  I use contact cement but there are probably lots of adhesives that would work.   Years ago when I worked in a chem lab I had access to styrofoam formed to ship fragile glass pipettes and it worked pretty well but did not hold reeds as surely as the more flexible, squishy rubber does. Believe me, this works so well and is so easy that I'd never bother with trying to perfectly shape and space some other material.  Without a jig evenly and perfectly spaced , its not so easy.  Lois Barton

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Re: Reed Cases: Make Your Own

thanks a lot but i'm still not so sure...i'm sure they work like a dream but it can't justify price. seriously, little pieces of rubber/foam cost about 3 cents to make 100 ribbons...i wish business was as 'family' as it used to be. thanks though!

i cant seem to find the reed holders on miller marketing's website. is there a link you could supply me with?

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Just google the web page and telephone  him for your order or information.

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you dont have an actual link sad? i would much prefer that

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I can't find it on their website either --but they do have them. See: http://www.millermarketingco.com/affordable_reeds/ There is an 800 phone number there too and that's how I got the ribbon I purchased.

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There is an older topic like this in which someone said they used weatherstripping from the local hardware store.  I would imagine it would be a bit of trial and error to get the cuts figured out; from then on it ought to be pretty easy.

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I looked all over the internet for the button clasps and could never find any. If someone does know where to get them, please share.

K

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kjohnson wrote:

I looked all over the internet for the button clasps and could never find any. If someone does know where to get them, please share.

K

They are usually available at any large sewing supply store.  Failing that, try local tailors or even better, specialized outdoor tailors.  They are sure to have them.  I know that I have bought them once in a while from Bouclair, formerly a larger sewing supplier here in Canada.  In the US, I have no idea.....   
....  Let me check...
Yep, found them.  (about 30 seconds of searching.  I am a PITB  smile )

http://www.hancockfabrics.com/search.htm?numHits=24&query=snap+buttons&path=&x=0&y=0

Last edited by Dean (2009-12-02 14:19:56)

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What would the clasps be for? Would they be for closing the reed case? If that is the case, I'd use glued on magnets. What I'm really hunting for is an economical way to hold reeds. There is the method where people just put the reeds in dividers but i don't like my reed swishing around at all.

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Re: Reed Cases: Make Your Own

Ok, Here goes.

mpartlow, A bit of clever thinking and some inspiration taken from the Wiesmann style cases ( i own one, and its really good stuff), and i produced a good result.

Started with going out and buying a nice size box. I found this one at a second hand shop of some variety - $5AUD. Cheap, and i liked it.

http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/7524/pc040040.jpg http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/pc040040.jpg/1/w640.png

So, using some foam, Contact adhesive and a knife (Oh gee, that was hard to find around the house considering we're all reed-makers) I did a little chopping and gluing to produce this: (mind the completely terrible reed-blanks, never fear. my reeds have gotten ALOT better since then):

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/2802/pc040041.jpg http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/pc040041.jpg/1/w640.png

and Another, Even MORE closeup this time:

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/9190/pc040042x.jpg http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/pc040042x.jpg/1/w640.png

and there we have it. Successfully hold reeds. (7) and it can go upside down and they'll still stay in there.

If anyone was wondering about the spacing, i just used another piece of foam, and this foam was just thick enough to get a perfect spacing.

Good luck!.

" Mozart tells us what it's like to be human, Beethoven tells us what it's like to be Beethoven and Bach tells us what it's like to be the universe." - D. Adams.

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Wow, great job! Looks very nice too. I recommend you post this in the "cheap alternatives" thread, it gets more light than mine

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What kind of tools do you use to make a reed case? My father and I are currently trying to build a case. We're hoping for mandrel style, and we've already finished the mandrel, but the box we can't start without a router and we were wondering if there are other tools we may need.

The mandrels are aluminum machined pins bought from Forrests. We drilled a 3/16" hole in all of them and ran a 3/16" brass rod through it (tight fit!) and then took an aluminum bar with a hole running through it (which we drilled to 3/16", all tight fits!) and cut it to length, about 3/8", and placed them between the mandrels. It seems like it'll be very sturdy with little movement from the spacers and the mandrels' movements are more deliberate than my Forrests case, where the mandrels are plastic and move too easily and the spacers are wood and spin and move too easily as well. Also, does anyone know where I could purchase metal latches small enough for a case? I've checked hardware stores and the ones that are small enough are dainty and cheap. Any and all help is much appreciated!

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Re: Reed Cases: Make Your Own

Try this place....makes me lust after more tools....  http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/index.aspx?c=&cat=1&ap=1 I'd think about magnets for latches, myself.

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