Reeds are temperamental. They like the humidity they like, or they simply don’t cooperate, amiright? Now with these reed humidifier packs, they will definitely cooperate.
Avoid everything from warping to molding (eww!) by simply using one of these disposable two-way humidity packs. Two-way? Huh? Yep, if it’s too humid, these magic packs will remove humidity, and if it’s too dry, they’ll add it back, automatically.
Just stick one in the included heavyweight zipper bag along with your reeds and presto — you’ve got a humidity-controlled environment for up to 4 months.
This sampler pack includes the three most useful RH levels: 62% (for stable medium-term storage), 72% (for daily storage use), and 84% (for ready-to-play, which is perfect for onstage needs). Each pack is individually-sealed, and requires no activation.
I can’t promise you a good reed. But with these, I can promise it’ll be the best reed it can be — no warping, no molding, and with long-term stability.
How does it work? Read on for the pseudo-science:
2-way humidity control works by continually responding and adjusting to ambient temperature and humidity by either adding or removing moisture to regulate a pre-determined Rh (relative humidity). The control device must change behavior as shifting conditions require. For instance, 2-way moisture control responds to shifting ambient conditions to provide only the right amount of moisture.
There are numerous commercial products on the market that only provide 1-way control, meaning they’ll give off moisture (humidifier) or absorb moisture (desiccant). Neither of them have the ability to regulate. A humidifier (sponge, gel, beads, crystals, silica, wet paper towels) all add moisture to a container, even if it’s already too high. A desiccant removes all moisture. Those conditions are damaging unless you need very high humidity or none at all. These pouches are based on the scientific principle that certain salts mixed with water will naturally regulate a specific Rh.
And there you have it. Your reeds don’t care; they’ll just be happy.