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Recently bought a Yamaha 62 with the G1 neck and new case. It's good but the case stinks of tobacco smoke. It's a pretty new case and in good condition so I'm reluctant to chuck it. I've given it a bit of a wash/vax and a Fabreeze spray but it's still pooey. Anyone found something that works with smoke smells???
 

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Just tobacco? I've got a few cases that originally smelled like tobacco, stale beer and worse.

First, vacuum out the case as well as possible. Then sprinkle a generous amount of Carpet Fresh carpet deodorizer in it and set it outside in the sun. And next day, vacuum out the old Carpet Fresh, reapply and set the case back outdoors in the sun. Repeat for a few days and the majority of the smell will usually go away. Then put just a little Carpet Fresh in the case before you start using it to keep the smell away.
 

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I had the same problem when i bought a hiscox case.
I washed it a number of times and used fabreeze spray each time and also left it outside in fresh air,the smell went in time.
Only thing was it was summer time when i bought mine,its more difficult now it colder and wet.

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Have you tried Bicarbonate of soda? Sprinkle it on, then hoover it off after a few hours. I leave an old sock full off ground coffee in my case if it's not being used for a while so that may be worth a try as well.
 

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try to do all the hoovering possible but also try to wash it with a wet cloth and some nice soap, then have the case open in the house, possibly with the heating on and it should dry quickly (don't make it too wet you just need to remove the superficial soot ).

Leave the case open for as long as you can and the smell, sooner or later will disappear.

I used some essential lemon oil inside which I find very much nicer than the dreaded febreeze (I loath the smell of the stuff!) . But the best treatment is fresh air ventilation ( not really easy now with the weather being what it is).

Carpet cleaner foam is the solution for mouldy smell. I have never tried carpet salts.

Charcoal and sodium bicarbonate could be helping too............
 

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All of these methods will work to a greater or lesser degree but the only sure way to have those odors permanently gone is by, in addition to everything above, opening the case and letting it air out outside where it is breezy and sunny. Then, you wait! Time is the only true cure for those odors! Nothing artificial beats nature in this regard!
 

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We occasionally perform in a place where the audience smokes.

When we get home we open our cases and hang our clothes near a big bowl of white vinegar. It does wonders to get the smoke smell out -- and there are no dangerous chemicals in it.

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I'd say buy a good Cuban, put it in the case and just improve on the current aroma.
with or without cuban grandma?
 

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Has anyone found a good method to remove the musty smell of a case left in a basement too long?? I haven't really tackled it yet, but this thread reminded me that I still have a protec case that I left in the basement too long and I either need to get the smell out or toss it.
 

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why would you want to get rid of the smoke smell? It's good stuff-you got for free. Do you have any idea how much tobacco costs these days---thanks to you damned non smokers
 

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Sneaker balls
To you too!
I'll never forget the morning of a church gig when I pulled out my horn at an 8am service after a late bar gig the night before. Brimstone nothing. It smelled like cognac, Heineken and Kools.

I've heard of using mothballs, but its hard to hold the moths down long enough and the horn will smell like grandpa.
 

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LOL....I had to read that twice...

http://www.sneakerballs.com/

Those things can cover up almost any odor...and you can just leave them in the case.
 

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Thanks for the responses. I've found lemon peel mentioned online - and vinegar. I shall give those a try next.
 

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I would suggest spraying it with Lysol then setting it out in the sun. I would do that for a few days and the smell should disepate after while. It is turning into winter though so I'm afraid you will have to deal with the smell until the weather gets better; sorry :(
 

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I've tried something similar which does seem to have reduced the smell a lot. It's not gone but definitiely not as bad. Some peel in the inside seems to have helped.
 

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We occasionally perform in a place where the audience smokes....
Dashed inconsiderate, shouldn't be allowed, what is the world coming to ? :bluewink:

(sorry notes_norton, as a 'considerate' pipe smoker, couldn't resist...)
 
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