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Cure for dry reed?

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210
Location
Durham, NC, USA
#1
One thing that bothers me on both tenor and alto is that after practicing about 20 minutes my reed is bone dry. I can't practice much longer without having to take the reed off and wetting it again. Is there any solution for this?
Thanks!
AndyB :confused:
 
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392
Location
Rojales, Spain
#2
Lucky man! I have the opposite problem in that after that amount of time I need to remove my (alto) reed, wipe it off ... and pull through the mp to get rid of the considerable moisture build up. That's without pre-wetting the reed at all, at least no more than a simple lick, before I start. My 'over-wetness' effects everything ... causes squeaks, random octave jumps and also dribbles out over my fingers, so I have to stop and fix it. If I drink anything within 5 or 10 minutes of starting then its even worse. Maybe a handy glass of water would help in your case, just take a couple of swigs now and again to see if it improves the moisture content of a blow.
 

ArtyLady

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1,017
Location
Essex
#6
Lucky man! I have the opposite problem in that after that amount of time I need to remove my (alto) reed, wipe it off ... and pull through the mp to get rid of the considerable moisture build up. That's without pre-wetting the reed at all, at least no more than a simple lick, before I start. My 'over-wetness' effects everything ... causes squeaks, random octave jumps and also dribbles out over my fingers, so I have to stop and fix it. If I drink anything within 5 or 10 minutes of starting then its even worse. Maybe a handy glass of water would help in your case, just take a couple of swigs now and again to see if it improves the moisture content of a blow.
Same here! I have to keep wiping the reed and sucking up excess dribble or it sounds spitty (sorry TMI) and dribble leaks out over my right forefinger and middle finger!! :shocked:
 
Messages
210
Location
Durham, NC, USA
#7
Maybe I'm dehydrated. I have been doing 40 minutes almost every night on an elliptical machine for 10 weeks. When I stop for a weekend when I'm not at home I instantly gain 1-2 pounds of water weight so maybe its just dehydration.
 
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96
Location
USA
#8
fibracells or bari plastics.... I love the fibracell on bari, tenor and sop..... bari plastic works awesome on the my meyer 5M. No warm up needed. Especially helpful when doubling.
 
Messages
210
Location
Durham, NC, USA
#9
fibracells or bari plastics.... I love the fibracell on bari, tenor and sop..... bari plastic works awesome on the my meyer 5M. No warm up needed. Especially helpful when doubling.
That does make sense for doubling. I tried them on alto and found that when they go, they go big time and split on the edges and curled up and cut my lip.
 
Messages
732
Location
London, UK
#10
Occasionally, when I've been playing outdoors, I find that my reed does dry up and becomes a beast to play. A good sip of water usually sorts things out, as my mouth feeling dry tends to go hand in hand with the reed drying out. Saves having to take off the reed and fiddle about. Alternatively, give the reed a good soaking before hand (sorry, not assuming you start with it dry, but putting it in some water and really letting it sit for about 5 - 10 mins can make a huge difference in how long it remains pliant. At least for me)