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In humid climates, it's essential to keep reeds in a dry, well-ventilated environment to prevent mold growth.
In dry climates, reed humidification systems are recommended to maintain optimum humidity levels. Inspect and rotate reeds regularly to ensure even exposure to air and to avoid warping.
In a humid climate, reeds tend to absorb moisture more quickly, which can cause them to swell and alter their shape. To avoid this, store your reeds in a reed case or box with a humidifier to maintain optimum humidity levels. You can also wipe excess moisture from reeds before storing them.
In a dry climate, reeds tend to dry out quickly, making them brittle and prone to splitting. Use a humidifier to maintain a stable humidity level in your instrument case. You can also briefly soak reeds in water before use, to rehydrate them.
Sudden temperature changes
Sudden temperature changes can also affect reeds. Avoid exposing reeds to excessive, rapid temperature change, as this may lead to cracking or warping.
Whatever the climate, it's important to store your reeds correctly. Avoid leaving them exposed to direct heat, sunlight or draughts, as this may damage them. Instead, store them in a reed case or reed box with a tight-fitting lid to protect them from the elements.
If you play regularly and in variable weather conditions, consider rotating your reeds. Having several reeds that you can rotate regularly will reduce premature wear on a single reed and maintain a good balance between the reeds used.