Introduction: Altoids Sours Tin Saxophone Survival Kit

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Well, after looking through all that stuff I have piling up inside my Jupiter saxophone case, I decided to use an old Altoids can to make a small carrying case. 1st Instructable!

Step 1: What You Need:

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1. An altoids sours circular can(shown in 1st picture).
2. A "snake". (Metal spring rod thingy used to clean out the neck of your saxophone).
3. A tube of cork grease(resembles a ChapStick container).
4. A saxophone reed (preferably Vandoren, they are better quality and the cases are easier to trim down).
5. Any additional stuff you can cram in there!

Step 2: Trim Down the Reed Case

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Trim the top of the reed case so that it can fit into your tin. The case on the right is the normal one, the case on the left is the trimmed down one.

Step 3: Now, Just Put All of the Stuff in the Tin!

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Start with the snake, and coil it into the tin. Then, put in the cork grease. Finally, cram the reed into it. The reed should be the hardest one to get in, but if it is impossible to fit in, trim it down more. Then, simply put the lid of the tin on, and, Yay! You are done! Feel free to comment and rate, but please keep in mind that this is my first instructable.


sudoka (author)2009-04-05

im a sophmore in highschool and ive been playing my sax for 5 years and i know vandoren is the best reeds.. rico is cheap they suck....i spent 50 dollars for vandoren java reeds size 3 1\2......oh and u should put a dollar bill in there because u could use it when ur pad sticks to the sax especially ur G# key it gets stuck alot on any sax.

chi chi chippy (author)sudoka2011-02-16

my E flat key gets stuck alot. (E flat = D#)

I know this thread is 5 years old, but if you are going to do reeds, I recommend Vandoren Reeds over Rico, when in relation to Saxophone. With clarinet, that's different.

As for plastic reeds, only use them for marching

CapnTac (author)sudoka2009-04-07

My G# key is never stuck...its weird. Instead, the tiny "key" that you like never press in between the "B" and "A" keys gets stuck like every other week.

modaawesome (author)CapnTac2011-12-11

I have the first bundy model. is my dad's highschool saxophone works great never EVER sticks

saxmaster765 (author)CapnTac2010-11-01

That little key is for Bb. Play B and with the same finger, press the little key.

sudoka (author)CapnTac2009-04-07

then just slide a dollar bill under the pad and then it wont stick..... if you start disliking band stay in it until u get to high school because its way better in high school....its way more fun, i hated middle school band it was so horrible but when i got to high scholl i had more fun because i got to march during games and in a few weeks im marching in a fiesta parade thats like a few miles long

schoonovermr (author)sudoka2010-01-16

try plastic reeds. i have been playing sax for two and a half years and i had a plastic reed for two years before i got a new one. i didn't even need it, but my new one sounds way better.

superhornt (author)schoonovermr2011-05-11

however, plastic reeds don't usually play as loud as normal reeds, and I prefer the tone with a cane reed, anyways.

A plastic reed just doesn't match the quality of sound a wood reed makes and G, G# and F# don't want to come out most of the time.

The only time a plastic reed is any good is outside. Inside, it's not as full sounding and kind of gives me the impression of someone trying to stick a nail into your brain.

it does for sounds pretty darn good.

mason0190 (author)2009-01-25

I always use Rico Royal reeds. I 'acccidentally' mutilated eleven.

modaawesome (author)mason01902011-12-11

i go all la voz always work hard to chip. they suck right out of the box though

modaawesome (author)modaawesome2012-01-13

Mine hs duct tape and a regular tin which is much easier to come by

Chowmix12 (author)2010-11-22

Decaf = Better pictures!

schoonovermr (author)2010-01-16

me too

SeMi_AuToMaTic (author)2008-07-01

sweet! jupiter forever man!

CapnTac (author)SeMi_AuToMaTic2008-08-26


saxophones (author)CapnTac2009-03-27

cannonball is waaayyyyy better you have no idea

cannonball? i have never heard of them. nothing under yamaha, i supose? no ofense..

k if you havn't heard of cannonball saxophones, you don't know saxophones. they r made in my home state, utah(woot the best snow on earth!), and they r EPIC! seriosly you have to try it

i am from jupiter

wow very funny


CapnTac (author)saxophones2009-04-01

Oh, trust me, I know. But for a seventh grader that started playing last year, I think Jupiter will do.

SeMi_AuToMaTic (author)CapnTac2009-04-04

I iS in eight grade band!

snowpenguin (author)2009-04-16

You really need to work on taking better pictures. It's a good idea, but the pictures make it impossible to fall in love with.

brammeke11 (author)2008-07-24

I have a alto, tenor and... BARITON sax. but my reeds a much bigger then those from a tenor. these doesn´t fit in a tin.

CapnTac (author)brammeke112008-08-01

Not even a rectangular one?

gcsaxophone (author)2008-05-29

Tenor reeds are like a half an inch longer than alto reeds. There is no way you're gonna fit a tenor reed in a circular Altoids tin. You could probably use the rectangle tin though.

TheMoonMaster (author)2008-05-28

I'm not sure if the tenor reed is longer or just wider. i will have to check next time I'm in band.

TheMoonMaster (author)2008-05-11

Is this for Tenor or Alto?

CapnTac (author)TheMoonMaster2008-05-27

I made t for Alto, but you could probably use it for both. Then again, you might have some trouble fitting the Tenor reed in...

scooter76 (author)2008-04-15

Nice, everything "just" fits. I just toss everything in my case (I know its bad) Will look for a tin.

CapnTac (author)scooter762008-05-09

The circular tin that I used is kinda hard to come by. I had mine left over from a while ago.

darth2o (author)2008-04-03

Yeah, in my saxophone case, I have a little plastic baggy that came with the case that I have all of the little things in. Otherwise, It is just music, reeds and my neckstrap.

CapnTac (author)darth2o2008-04-04

Lol, If I kept my music in my sax case, my overly-involved band director would yell at me about how a piece of paper could somehow seriously damage my instrument. Yeah, right.

Kiteman (author)2008-04-04

Oh, please use the macro function for your photos, or light them more brightly to cut down exposure time to avoid the blur.

CapnTac (author)Kiteman2008-04-04

I will in the future, it's just that I had to use my old *coughcrappycough* camera, because I didn't want to install all of that new stuff onto my computer.

mothflavour2 (author)2008-04-04

how many clarinet players does it take to change a lightbulb? Just one, but they'll go through the entire box to find the right one. One reed? I'm impressed. I have boxes upon boxes in my bass clarinet case. This is a cool idea though, it could keep stuff out of the bell of my instrument when things shift around inside.

CapnTac (author)mothflavour22008-04-04

I have a bunch of boxes of reeds, it's just that I could only fit in one reed. I'm trying to figure out a way to put in more reeds, but am currently on vacation. In other words, I'm enjoying Spring Break too much to be bothered.

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