How do I know when a reed wares out?
or is past its use by date?
or life expectancy?
Is there such a thing?
I might agree that reed need some maintenance (mouthwash will make your pads sticky)
Interesting point. I am currently trying a gin/water solution and will report back!
I have no problem in doing some work on reeds - they usually last me months more - when I used to play them straight from the pack and moisten them in my mouth for a few seconds they usually lasted about three weeks maximum, becoming very soggy/waterlogged and unplayable very quickly. £3 for 9 months is better than £3 for 3 weeks, if all I do is a few minutes work initially and the odd 10 second intervention as required.