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?
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.
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.