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J1me 4, 1963
M. E. BYRUCKMANN
3,092,243
' REED CASES
Filed April 23, 1962
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ATTORNEYS
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United States Patent 0 7'Ce
3,092,243
Patented June 4, 1963
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end.
3,092,243
REED CASES
Maurice E. Bruckmann, 1600 N. Edison Blvd,
Burbank, Calif.
Filed Apr. 23, 1962, Ser. No. 189,578
7 Claims. (Cl. 266-13)
The tab portion 17 is return bent as at 18 and
provides a pair of axially aligned sockets 19' which receive
the pins 16. The tab portion 17 is provided with a lon
gitudinal slot 29. The retaining members 11 are pref
erably constructed of resilient material and the slot 20
then permits the tab portion 17 to be laterally compressed
to facilitate assembly and removal of these retaining mem
bers 111. The retaining members 11 form pockets 21 into
The present invention relates to carrying cases for
which the thin end of a reed 22 is inserted. ‘The thin
musicians’ woodwind reeds and particularly to a reed
carrying case constructed to retain and protect reeds when 10 end is designated by reference character 22A and the
half round base portion of the reed is designated 223.
not in use. More particularly the present invention
It is apparent the number of reeds 22 which may be held
relates to such a case having means enabling it to be used
may be varied by providing different widths and different
to carry any size woodwind reed.
numbers of retaining members. The end edge 23 of
My prior Patent No. 2,937,740, issued May 24, 1960,
discloses several readily constructed reed carrying cases 15 the retaining member 11 is upturned to facilitate inser
tion of the reed 22 and to provide a portion 24 which en
designed to protect woodwind reeds from damage, warp
gages the base end portion 22A.
ing and splitting. Although these cases have been found
The covers 12 each comprise a substantially flat por
to be satisfactory, their particular construction requires
tion 25 having a pair of spaced substantially lc-shaped
thatv a different case be made for each of the four dif
20 ?anges 26 at one end and a substantially S-shaped ?ange
ferent sizes of reeds now being used.
27 at the other end. The ?anges 26 engage the retaining
It is an object of the present invention to provide a
member 11 as at 28 to provide a clamping force which
case which will accommodate all sizes of woodwind reeds
clamps the reed 22 intermediate the retaining member
by providing removable reed retaining members.
11 and the support member 11}. ‘The ?ange 27 snaps over
It is another object of the present invention to reduce
the manufacturing costs of woodwind reed carrying cases 25 the ‘other end of support member 10 holding the cover
12 securely in place. It is apparent that in the embodi
by providing a case which can be easily converted to
mentillustrated in FIGS. 1-3 the single ?ange 27 of one
carry any size woodwind reed.
cover 12 is adapted to be disposed in the space between
Yet another ‘object ofthe present invention is to pro
the pair of flanges 26 of the other cover 12 providing
vide a new means for carrying woodwind reeds by
for a compact assembly as shown in FIGS. 2 and 3.
constructing a support pivotally carrying removable re
The cover 12 is provided with clamping elements 29‘.
taining members and having a readily removable cover
The clamping elements 29 are preferably inwardly bent
cooperating therewith, the reeds being retained rigidly
and are provided with a pair of spaced prongs 30. The
against displacement and being su?iciently open to per
prongs 30 engage the reed base end 223 when the cover
mit the reeds to dry readily.
A vfurther object of the invention is to improve wood 35 12 is in the position shown in FIGS. 2 and 3. The cover
wind reed carrying cases by constructing a support re
movably pivotally carrying a retaining member on op
posite ends and opposite sides thereof to form pockets
in which reeds may be inserted, and providing covers
therefor and means securely clamping the reeds to the
supports.
Still further objects and advantages will readily occur
to one skilled in the art to which the present invention
pertains upon reference to the following drawings in which
like reference characters refer to like parts throughout
the several views and in which
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a preferred carrying
case embodying the present invention showing the covers
removed.
FIG. 2 is a side elevational view of the case shown in
FIG. 1 .but with the covers secured to the support mem
ber.
FIG. 3 is a cross sectional view taken substantially at
line 3—3 of FIG. 2, and
FIG. 4 is a side elevational view of a modi?ed con
struction.
.
{12 is constructed of resilient material so that the clamp
ing element 29 will resiliently engage with the reed 22
thus further clamping the reed 22 to the support mem
ber 10. The cover 12 also resiliently engages the end
edge 23 of the retaining member 11 to provide additional
clamping pressure on the reed 22.
FIG. 4 illustrates a modi?ed construction comprising
a support member 110 removably pivotally carrying a
pair of retaining members 111. The cover 112 is sub
stantially similar in both construction and function as
cover 12 but it will be seen only one C-shaped ?ange 26
is necessary.
It is apparent from the foregoing description that when
one of the covers 12 is removed the clamping pressure
of the other cover 12 at 28 will prevent the retaining
member 11 from pivoting out of engagement with the
reeds 22. However, removal of the cover 12 will release
most of the clamping pressure so that the reed 22 may
55 then be readily removed from the pocket 21.
The carrying case is provided with su?icient openings
to permit rapid drying of the reeds. The reed 22 is
clamped against the support member 10 in such a way
as to prevent longitudinal and lateral displacement of
Now referring to the drawing for a more detailed de
scription ‘of the invention, a preferred carrying case com
prises a support member 10. A pair of retaining mem 60 the reed 22 with respect to the support member 10 and
bers 11 are pivotally carried at opposite ends and op
thus to provide adequate protection from damage.
posite sides of the support member 10. A pair of sub
The retaining members 11 may be easily removed by
stantially similar but oppositely positioned covers 12 are
laterally compressing the tab portion 17. This permits
adapted to be removably secured to the support mem
the user to change the retaining member 11 to accommo
ber 10.
65 date any of the four sizes of reeds 22.
The support member 10 is substantially rectangular in
Although I have described but two embodiments of the
shape having lateral edges 13. The lateral edges 13 are
present invention, various changes and modi?cations can
each provided with a pair of elongated slots 14 forming
be made without departing from the spirit of the inven
spaced arms 15. The arms 15 are provided with axially
tion or the scope of the appended claims.
aligned pins 16.
I claim:
The retaining members 11 are substantially S shaped
1. A case for carrying a woodwind reed and a reed
and each is provided with a curved tab portion -17 at one
supported thereby, said case comprising
3,092,243
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(a) a reed supporting member being provided with a
pair of spaced arms on at least one edge thereof,
ing member and is removable upon laterally com
pressing said retaining member,
(b) said arms being provided with axially aligned pin
members,
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a
(d) said retaining member engageably overlying a por
tion of said reed,
(e) a cover overlying said reed‘and resiliently engag
I
(c) a resilient retaining meinber having a pair’ of axial
ly aligned sockets ‘receiving said pin members and
ing said retaining member whereby to clamp said
reed intermediate’, said retaining member and said
a longitudinal slot spaced from said sockets where
by said retaining member is pivotally carried on said
,
supporting member and is removable upon laterally
compressing said retaining member,
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(id) said retaining member engageably overlying a
portion of said reed,
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ably resiliently clamped on opposite ends of said
supporting member, and
(g) said cover having ?ange means at each end remov
ably resiliently clamped on opposite ends of said
(e) a cover overlying said reed and resiliently engag
ing said retaining member,
supporting member, and
(1‘) said cover having means selectively securing said 15
cover to said supporting member, and
(g) said cover having a resilient clamping means op,
erable on securing said cover to said supporting
~ member to engage said reed whereby to clamp said
I
(it) said cover having clamping means resiliently en
gaging said ireed whereby to clamp said reed to said
support member,
~ 6. A case vfor carrying Woodwind reeds and woodwind
reeds supported thereby, said case'comprising
reed to said supporting member;
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a 2. The case as de?ned in claim 1 and in which said
‘means securing said cover to said supporting member
comprises,
support memben;
(i) said cover having ?ange means at each end remov
(a) an elongated reed support member being provided
with a pair of laterally spaced armsat opposite ends
thereof,
,
(b) each pair of said arms being provided with axially
,
aligned pin members,’
(a) opposite ends of said cover each being provided
with a ?ange, and
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(c) a substantially S-shaped resilient retaining member
(b) said ?anges being removably resiliently clamped
positioned on each side of said'support member and
on opposite ends of said supporting member.
3. A case for carrying a plurality of woodwind reeds
having a pair of laterally spaced axially aligned
sockets receiving a pair- of said axially aligned pin
and a plurality of reeds supported thereby, said vcase
comprising,
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a
i (a) a flat support member-being provided'with a'pair’
of spaced arms at opposite ends thereof,
(b) each pair of said arms beingprovided with axial
members whereby said retaining members are
pivotally carried on opposite sides of said support
member,
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(d) each of said retaining members engageably overly
(c) a resilient retaining member positioned on' each
ing a portion ‘of one of said reeds and having a-longié
tudinal slot disposed intermediate said sockets Where
by each of said retaining members is removable from
7 side of said support member and each having a pair
said support member upon laterally compressing
ly aligned’ pin members,
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of axially aligned sockets receiving a pair of said
said retaining ‘member,
axially aligned pin members whereby said retaining members are pivotally carried on opposite sides of
' said support member,
'
V (d) each of said retaining members having a longi
tudinal slot spaced from said sockets whereby each
of said retaining members is removable from said
support member upon laterally compressing said re
taining member,
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(e) each of said retaining members respectively en
a
,
member to engage said reed and clamp same to said
a
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4. The combination as de?ned in claim 3 and in which
said cover is provided with a second clamping means
‘operable upon securing said cover to said support struc
ture to resiliently engage said retaining member on the
‘opposite side of said support member and clamp said reed 60
intermediate said retaining member and said support
member.
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5. A woodwind reed carrying case and a woodwind
reed supported thereby, said casing comprising
(a) ' a reed support member being provided with a pair
of spaced arms on at least one edge threof,
(b) said'arms being provided with axially aligned pin
members,
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parallel with edges thereof, said edges being adja
cent said arms,
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(0) means normally cooperatively engaging said
‘edges with said arms,
a
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(d) said retaining member being resilient whereby up
on compressing said edges one towardthe other said
edges are disengaged from said arms,
(e) saidretaining member having a‘ portion overly
ing said supporting member and a reed thereon, and
(f) means resiliently urging said'retaining member
against said reed.
7 References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
(c) a substantially S-shaped resilient retaining mem
' ‘her having a pair of axially aligned sockets receiv 70
a
(a) a reed supporting member provided with a pair
of spaced arms,
(b) a retaining member disposed intermediate said
arms and having a slot therethrough substantially
i
ing said pinfmembers and a longitudinally extend
ing slot spaced from said sockets whereby said re
taining member is pivotally carried on said support
V
ported thereby, said case comprising
'
(h) each cover having a ?rst resilient clamping means
operable upon securing said cover to said support
support member.
i
7. A case for carrying woodwind reeds and a reed sup
(g) means securing each cover to said support mem:
,
member, and
member.
overlying said reeds and said retaining members,
and
lying said’reed and said retaining member,
(f) said cover being removably clamped to opposite
ends of said supporting member,
(g) said cover having means resiliently engaging'said
retaining'member whereby to clamp said reed inter
mediate said retaining member and said supporting
(h) said cover having means resiliently engaging'said
reed whereby to clamp said reed to said supportin
gageably overlying a portion of one ‘of said reeds,
(f) a cover for each side of said support'member
her,
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(e) a cover for each side of said support member over
1,706,063
2,659,486
2,937,740
2,973,868
Higgins _____________ __ Mar.' 19,
Krupin _.____' ________ __ Nov. 17,
Bruckmann ___________ __ May 24,
Poskin ______________ __ Mar. 7,
1929
1953'
1960
1961
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