Review: D’Addario Multi-Instrument Reed Storage Case

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Introduction

To be honest, I often get lazy and just carry reeds with me in the boxes that they come in. However, this is not usually conducive to keeping my reeds in good shape and well organized. Whenever I have important performances or auditions coming up, though, I am very conscious and meticulous about staying on top my reeds. And the D’Addario Multi-Instrument Reed Storage case provides a practical, elegant, and affordable solution.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Compact
  • Professional appearance
  • Fits reeds of all sizes and types
  • Has a slot for one Boveda 2-Way Humidity Control Pack
  • Matte finish rubbery material that helps reduce the sound when dropped
  • If dropped, the case stays closed and reeds stay secure

Cons

  • Holds only eight reeds
  • Included Humidity Control Pack is too high (72%)
  • Matte finish is a bit slippery

Comparisons

I have used the old generation ProTec clarinet reed cases that fit ten reeds, and they are by far the most compact, durable, and the most affordable reed cases of its kind in the market to my knowledge. However, Protec has since updated their clarinet reed case and although it now holds 12 reeds, the slots are shaped in a way that they do not accommodate all sizes of reeds.

Which Reed Sizes Fit?

The D’Addario Woodwinds Multi-Instrument Reed Storage Case with Humidity Control Pack is a welcome alternative. It is a little bit more expensive than the old ProTec cases, and fits fewer reeds (eight), however they take single reeds of all sizes and types. That’s right, you can now keep your e-flat, alto, soprano, bass, contra-bass clarinet, and saxophone reeds in a single case if you want.

Synthetic reeds fit a bit more loosely (because they are generally thinner than cane reeds) but they still fit in a pinch. The smaller slots of the ProTec cases might be better for synthetic reeds though, and since the humidity pack has no effect on the reeds anyway.

Features

These cases are compact and have a unique, matte, rubbery finish. They come in one colour: black. I like the simple and professional look of this case, and I think that the seal of the D’Addario reed cases is quite good.

One of my favourite features of D’Addario’s case is the inside slot for one of Boveda’s small 2-Way Humidity Control Packs. With this feature, I don’t have to my put the reed cases in plastic Zip-loc bags with humidifying agents in them; I can simply put a 2-Way Humidity Control Pack in the slot, close my reed case, and trust that it’s working.

If you are not familiar with these Boveda 2 Way Humidity Control Packs, these are little packets full of apparently harmless chemicals that absorb or release humidity depending on the environment to keep the humidity of the reeds at optimal levels. They were originally called “Humidipaks,” and I believe these were originally invented for keeping cigars fresh in storage. They are perfect for reeds because in wet climates they take away humidity, but in dry climates they add humidity.

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Each D’Addario Woodwinds Multi-Instrument Reed Storage Case comes with one Boveda 2 Way Humidity Control Pack of 72% humidity. Personally I think 72 is too high for reeds. Of course, reeds get wet regularly, and given the right temperature and this level of humidity, the reeds are almost guaranteed to become moldy in most climates. I have had this happen to me on two separate occasions. For this reason I would recommend lower humidity 2-Way Humidity Control Packs. You can purchase these on Amazon in bulks for reasonable prices.

For Whom?

These cases are excellent for pretty much any single-reed players, especially those who double on multiple single-reed instruments. If you live in regions of fluctuating or extreme climates, you might really want to check these out.

Final Thoughts

I like these cases very much, in fact I now have three.

I like these cases very much, in fact I now have three. I have to wonder though, why these cases were made to fit only eight reeds when most professional clarinet reeds come in tens. And while I like the matte finish of the reed case, for some reason it is kind of on the slippery side for my hands. This reed case is not the market’s cheapest option, but most certainly not the most expensive, either. Overall, I highly recommend these cases to every single reed player.

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