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I know this is not a good idea with a metal or hard rubber mouthpiece, but my mouthpiece is plastic (crystallite dukoff) and my reed is also plastic (Legere)

So storing the reed on the mouthpiece should be okay in this case, right?
 

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No. Let it dry on a flat surface, else it will warp.

Consider also cleaning your mouthpiece so it doesn’t start smelling like your feet.
 

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I would clean the reed and mouthpiece regularly, of course. But leaving the reed on the mouthpiece might help the reed conform to possible irregularities in the table of the mouthpiece helping to prevent squeaking. I read David Sanborn does this.
 

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I would clean the reed and mouthpiece regularly, of course. But leaving the reed on the mouthpiece might help the reed conform to possible irregularities in the table of the mouthpiece helping to prevent squeaking. I read David Sanborn does this.
Sanborn lore aside, that’s just not a good way to go. If that is truly the case, then you cannot anticipate getting a good sound when you use a new reed or change reeds. If “irregularities” are an issue, get the freakin’ thing fixed. Squeaking doesn’t come from any irregularities that will be solved by a warped reed.
 

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I would clean the reed and mouthpiece regularly, of course. But leaving the reed on the mouthpiece might help the reed conform to possible irregularities in the table of the mouthpiece helping to prevent squeaking. I read David Sanborn does this.
David's success comes from fantastic voicing, an accommodating mouthpiece/reed combination (FOR HIM), and hours upon hours of practice. If you need to be this fussy about your reed, there's probably something wrong with your mouthpiece, or the type of reed you're using on it.
 

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No. Let it dry on a flat surface, else it will warp.

Consider also cleaning your mouthpiece so it doesn’t start smelling like your feet.
I would venture that this would happen only if one were to also keep the mouthpiece inside one of their running shoes. Very hard to play a mouthpiece with one's toes AFAIK, but then again teenage boys are capable of any kind of barbarity. But anyway, while feet do sweat, they rarely salivate enough to wet a reed sufficiently. :mrgreen:
 
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