Altoids Sours Tin Saxophone Survival Kit




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:

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

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!

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.



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    10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    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


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    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.


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 1

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