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: Salerno from Tampa Humidors - my first humi - review


drl
08-15-2011, 10:18 PM
So I only recently got into cigars after first falling in love with the pipe, and I nearly immediately recognized the need for a decent starter humidor. I didn't want to go into a huge model or a coolidor/wineador just yet, so I searched out a value-priced larger "desktop" type model. The Salerno was a great find - at the price point (about $160 shipped, I think) I couldn't find much that seemed comparable. So I pulled the trigger.

This thing, so far, has been great. It took me 4-5 days to season using sage advice from these forums. (In fact, if I had one tip for newbie humi owners its PATIENCE... give it some time and stop worrying!) After the initial seasoning, it has had no trouble holding 64-66% with 1/2lb of 65% Heartfelt beads (another great buy... but another thread).

(Sorry about the crappy cell phone pics)

http://imagestore.puff.com/2011/08/15/p_3342028_0.jpg

http://imagestore.puff.com/2011/08/15/p_3342028_1.jpg

I think it looks great. A high gloss finish and nice glass panels. (I need to clean it - lots of fingerprints and grit from handling still.)

The construction is top notch - it passed the paper and flashlight tests and has a great seal. The design is not ideal... as far as fitting maximum cigars it would probably be better square.

It was fun to work on starting to fill it up. As a newbie, not a lot of high-dollar cigars in there, and mostly stuff I was able to get on the devil and other sites for a good price based on "value to price" suggestions from BOTL here.

A few pics of the interior, about 1/2 full I'd say. It has 2 cedar shelves at the top and then a spacious bottom area that can hold multiple boxes and bundles comfortably.

top shelf
http://imagestore.puff.com/2011/08/15/p_3342028_2.jpg

middle shelf
http://imagestore.puff.com/2011/08/15/p_3342028_3.jpg

bottom
http://imagestore.puff.com/2011/08/15/p_3342028_4.jpg

all of it
http://imagestore.puff.com/2011/08/15/p_3342028_5.jpg

Overall, I'm VERY happy with this purchase. For the price I have absolutely zero complaints. As for customer service, immediately upon ordering I got a message from one of the owners of Tampa Humidor, and they passed along a "cigar 101" packet of info to me, which was a nice gesture. The shipping was fast and it was very well packed. The humidor itself is everything I'd want it to be.

Highly recommended for anyone in the 250-300 ct cedar interior humidor market.

getkennard
08-30-2011, 09:04 PM
Looks nice. I made the mistake of buying several smaller humidors before getting a 300ct. You did well.

drl
09-01-2011, 10:00 PM
Thanks, but you know what I'm already outgrowing it! All the wisdom on these boards about buying way bigger than you think you'll need is on point, let me tell you.

Stonedog
03-08-2012, 12:11 PM
Sorry to drag up an old post, but after several months with this humidor how well is it holding humidity (especially in an Indiana winter)?

Ky-Cap-Tan
08-13-2012, 09:53 AM
Looks nice....I really want to find a larger humidor that will hold some boxes and maintain good humidity..... by now you must have a cabinet!!! lol

TonyBrooklyn
08-13-2012, 12:59 PM
Great humidor one of my first!
I still have it doesn't maintain R/H or Temp very well because of the glass! But boy loaded up with cigars on the coffee table great presentation. People stop look touch and say!
"Oh my a Humidor great looking piece"

splattttttt
09-04-2012, 12:23 AM
Dave, are you the one snaggin bids right from underneath my nose. Great taste all around brother.

mrnuke
09-23-2013, 12:35 PM
Thanks, but you know what I'm already outgrowing it! All the wisdom on these boards about buying way bigger than you think you'll need is on point, let me tell you.

I couldn't agree more. When I first bought my 5 ct travel case I said that would be more than enough. then I went to a tupperdor (roughly 30 ct) that I thought would never grow more than half full. then I added two empty cigar boxes as humidors. I also have a 40 ct Thompson on the way. Even with so much storage, I seem to always have a few sticks that spill into my 18 ct travel case.

How is your humidor holding up in terms of still having some extra room?