Get a reed case with a piece of glass in it to lay the reed against when you are done playing. The glass will keep the reed flat as it dries and get rid of the warping problem.
I took all my warped reeds and placed them in water as Dan suggested . He is right. Within 5 minutes their tips were as flat as glass. Thanks a million!Dan Molloy said:There are many methods that people use, such as soaking in various liquids, muttering ancient incantations etc. They probably all work as well.
If, like me, you like to keep it simple and low maintainance. Take the dry and warped reed and pop it in a glass off water for a couple of minutes (or your mouth as long as it gets a good soak). When you remove the reed it should be warp free. If not then just place it on a flat surface (I sometimes use the mouthpiece) and apply some pressure with your thumb, don't be to rough.
This will straighten the reed.
There are some good reed break in tips on the Alexander site. http://www.superial.com/mainten_breakin.html
My very thought. jbctensopbass said:I have a foolproof method with 100% perfect results, but I'm no expert so I can't tell you about it. nicko
I sympathise with you. At least, I'm expert at annoying my wife.tensopbass said:I have a foolproof method with 100% perfect results, but I'm no expert so I can't tell you about it. nicko
I'll second all of the above execpt the part about IAJE. I put the reeds in reed holders inside the Rico box. Works great for me.BBJQSAX said:I got hooked up with one of these at IAJE in January. Its VERY important to use the 73% humidity packs, I think. I'm still on my first packet in the Rico Reed case. To put it simply:
None of my reeds have warped since I started using this product.
None of my reeds have molded since I started using this product.
I pull a reed out, put it in my mouth for as long as it takes me to put the horn together, and its ready to play. I keep alto, tenor and sop reeds in the case.
Yes, its really become that easy. Check these out, y'all.
Put them in your band director's car.Wailin' said:By the way, has anyone found any good use for the plastic cases the reeds originally come in the boxes. I've got tons of them laying around.