September 2, 2017 at 9:39 am #59000
Got my Reedjuvinate this past Monday. Picked out 3 new reeds and touched them up on the back with my Reed Geek. Then put them in the reedjuvinate case set up as instructed. Thursday I took out reed #1 and put it on my sax and it was moist enough to just play away. Friday reed #2 and today reed #3. When I put reed #3 away I looked at reed #1 and #2 and both were still moist and shaped the way I put them away. Now just need to see how long this 3 reed rotation lasts. I’m thinking a good long while.September 2, 2017 at 11:45 am #59003
Good thinking Mel–About 6 months or so ago I had to take similar steps to protect my cane reeds. I live here in the South and the humidity is a constant problem and it can really affect my cane reeds. I started using the D’Addario Reed Storage case that holds humidifier packs and it does an awesome job of protecting my reeds–they stay moist and never, ever warp. I put the link below. When ever I get a new box of reeds the very first thing I do now is treat all of them with the Reed Geek, let them soak a little bit in a half cup of water, squeeze-dry my reeds with my fingers to get rid of any excess cane fibers, and then they get stored in D’Addario case/small humidifier pack. Have never had any problems with reeds warping and all of them play very consistent. I’ve looked at various synthetic reeds because caring for cane reeds is a lot more extra work here where I live, but the added warmth/projection that cane reeds give makes it worth the effort. I talked with the good folks with Fiber Reeds on facebook (Fiber reed company that Johnny did a review on their reeds) and they say many players are switching from cane reeds to their line of reeds. If I can find a synthetic reed that I feel comfortable playing and would equal a cane reed in tone, I would switch to them (it would be a real time saver), but so far I haven’t found one that works for me. I tried the Legere reeds, very fake/phony sounding to my ears. But there are other players who use them and sound great.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001SN7VGO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s03?ie=UTF8&psc=1September 2, 2017 at 8:26 pm #59007
rico reed holders work great for meSeptember 4, 2017 at 1:14 am #59072
I’ve just had a look at the mint flavour Listerine I use, and the composition per 20 ml is Thymol 12,78mg, Alcohol (95%) 4,54 ml, Sodium Benzoate and Benzoic acid.
It also states it is ‘Sugar free’ which means it is not loaded with sugar! So if we find an air-tight container, place a section of sponge inside dampened with Listerine, keep the reeds in their plastic holders, it should work just as well as long as the reeds aren’t water-logged. I’m going to try this reed storage method once I find a suitable container.September 4, 2017 at 8:20 am #59083
try it Jeff, i would use the plastic holder that comes with Vandoran reeds just to keep shape of tip, it appears thats the same shape holder in the reedjuvenateSeptember 4, 2017 at 11:52 pm #59146
Hi BC, I prefer the reed plastic holders where you slide the reed in from the back. The pressure on the reed is more uniform and it is better protected. I keep my two playing reeds in a (effervescent tablet) plastic tube now, but I made a hole in the cap so they can dry out to prevent mold.September 5, 2017 at 6:02 am #59163
even better, you are right, my suggestion was only because it “looked” the same as the reed holders in the Reedjuvinate, , only one section of pressure,
i have Rico reed holders and they work great,
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