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After playing cane reeds since I started playing Alto Sax in 5th grade, I purchased a synthetic reed for the first time earlier this year. Bought a Legere Studio Cut. I have used it almost exclusively since I purchased it in the early summer. Lately it has been smelling a little funky. Does anyone do more than just rinse it?
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Chuck
 

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I rinse it after EVERY use. I use a soft cloth to wipe it dry.
Anything you stick in your mouth consistently is going to start to smell if you simply rinse it.
 

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I use hydrogen peroxide on my reeds and wash the mouthpieces with antibiotic hand soap, small tooth brush and warm water rinse. Normal procedure is to take a reed off the mouthpiece after a playing session, wipe reed and mouthpiece, put reed in Reed Guard and mouthpiece in a pouch. Then I'll do the cleaning every few sessions. Taking the reed off a metal mouthpiece is mandatory to prevent corrosion on the table, and its always a good idea to keep your reeds in a device that will keep them straight.
 
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