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    Case Smell

    Hey all,

    I recently bought a new case, the Protec Travel Light Trumpet Case. First off, it's a great case if you're looking for lightweight and compact yet durable. Can't say enough about how I love it. The only thing, is that the interior of the case smells kind of bad. I don't know what it is, possibly from something chemical-wise used in the upholstering process, or whatever it may be. Obviously, this isn't a huge issue and it will go away over time, but I was wondering if anyone has any relatively easy methods for removing odors? I just don't want to be the guy who opens the case the causes people to pass out. (Obviously it isn't that extreme but you get my drift).

    Sidenote: it is not the "wonderful" scent of spilled valve oil. My student horn came with a case that reeked of valve oil. Someone literally had to have squeezed some out into the case for it to smell that strong... I know what that smells like and this is not that.

    I appreciate any response that you may be able to give!
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    Re: Case Smell

    You may find this page enlightening (or depressing) reading:

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    Did you get the smell in the shop, and can you go back there to take a sniff of the other Protec (or other brands) cases there? I presume the case is still new, and has a warranty/guarantee, and if you bought it from a local vendor then it should be subject to the consumer and safety laws in your country, so if you are worried about your health or ongoing comfort I'd consider exchanging it or returning it if you can't find a solution to the smell. I think I read somewhere somebody sprinkled some essential oils in the case, and elsewhere that one of those "fabric freshener" cloths (often used in tumble driers) helped.

    Good luck,


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    Re: Case Smell

    Well, valve oil might work again, in a pinch, LOL! Maybe try Febreze?
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    Re: Case Smell

    Quote Originally Posted by Furcifer View Post
    Well, valve oil might work again, in a pinch, LOL! Maybe try Febreze?
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    First, as long as there is valve oil on your valves you are most likely to smell it when you open your case. I don't know any valve oil that doesn't have an odor, petroleum based or synthetic. Whether such is obnoxious or not is in the smell of the beholder. This said, such is not to say there isn't an interaction of its gases with the upholstery of the case. Possibly stuffing the bell and receiver would block such valve oil gases.

    Reiterating, I put punched zip lock type bags in my case that contain a Bounce laundry dryer sheet. I like its odor as doesn't seem to bother my COPD, and it seems to me it smothers or absorbs other odors.I could suggest than the Bounce be removed and replaced periodically. Shucks all my laundered clothing smells of Bounce, as does my bedding.

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    Re: Case Smell

    Or you can squirt in a lady's perfume. Nothing, I mean nothing can cut through the smell of lady's perfume!

    But explaining the smell to your wife my be a different issue. Better yet, use your wife's perfume! If you are not married, then this shouldn't be and issue.
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    Re: Case Smell

    Years ago I purchased a custom-built case for my trumpet, flugelhorn, and mutes. It had a strong chemical smell from the adhesives and perhaps also the upholstery, and it wouldn't take very long for tarnish to form on my horns that didn't occur at all in their original cases. Leaving the case open most of the time (defeating the purpose of the case) eventually reduced the chemical outgassing problem, but I'm dissatisfied at the amount of time it took. I wonder if enclosing a case with this problem in a confined area with an ozone generator would speed up the (I presume, correctly or not) oxidation process. Of course, then you would have the stench of ozone to deal with, and you'd have to wait until that dissipated.

    Perhaps sprinkling baking soda in the case might help, as it can in automobile upholstery, but vacuuming the stuff out is a real bear; there always seems to be a bit of residue, no matter how diligent you are at trying to remove it.
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