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Old 11-16-2018, 11:10 AM   #1
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I wrote to Jori about this, but while I await his response I thought I'd ask the brain trust of the forums about this. When I first got my Tone Protector, the first Boveda pack I used kept it at a rock solid 84%, as advertised. About a week ago, it dropped to 81% and stayed there. I thought maybe the pack was drying out, so I replaced it with a new 84% pack yesterday afternoon. 4-1/2 hours later it was at 81%, and this morning before I left for work, it had dropped to 80%. The humidity in the room the pipes are in is about 45%, and I keep the heating vent closed. Is something wrong with the packs, do you think, or is the outside humidity dragging it down? I still have my old Piper's Pal, do you think it would help if I used the stopper rod from it?

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Update: I heard back from Jori:

"Thanks for the note. It sounds like your Tone Protector is working perfectly! Small fluctuations are normal, especially this time of year as the weather is changing. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Tone Protector measures relative humidity which changes as a function of temperature. So a little bit of movement is totally normal and expected. You can be confident your reed is in perfect playing condition. The air is drier this time of year, so the packets have to work harder to keep up. I recommend TWO 84% packets in the Tone Protector at all times. I would NOT plug the end of the bore or seal it in anyway, as this increases your risk of mold getting on the reed. The Tone Protector is designed to work with some ventilation.

Here are some tips for getting the best results from your Tone Protector: https://goo.gl/9JwTEp"

Guess I was panicking over nothing!
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Old 11-16-2018, 12:35 PM   #2
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Interesting - the TWO packets thing is something I hadn't thought of. Mine was acting the same way as yours.
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Old 11-16-2018, 02:07 PM   #3
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Mine's been doing the same thing. I guess I'll try sticking a second pack in tonight!
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Old 11-16-2018, 02:55 PM   #4
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Personally, I donít worry about the fluctuations. When it gets down below around 75%, I stick in a new moisture pack.
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Old 11-18-2018, 02:12 PM   #5
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I had actually thrown away the original pack, so I fished it out of the trash when I got home and stuck it in my Tone Protector. The reading went up to 84% and has been rock solid for the past couple of days!
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Old 12-26-2018, 03:36 AM   #6
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nope! No mattr what I do I can't get above75%. I'm in Grande Pririe Alberta and the temp is -15 and it's snowing. With an outside humidity level of 85%. But my tone protector will not go above 75%.
What do I do to get to the recommended 84% humidit.
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:04 AM   #7
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nope! No mattr what I do I can't get above75%. I'm in Grande Pririe Alberta and the temp is -15 and it's snowing. With an outside humidity level of 85%. But my tone protector will not go above 75%.
What do I do to get to the recommended 84% humidit.
Give the reed a reasonably damp lick....watch the needle over several hours.
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Old 12-31-2018, 05:43 AM   #8
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"Thanks for the note. It sounds like your Tone Protector is working perfectly! Small fluctuations are normal, especially this time of year as the weather is changing. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Tone Protector measures relative humidity which changes as a function of temperature. So a little bit of movement is totally normal and expected. You can be confident your reed is in perfect playing condition. The air is drier this time of year, so the packets have to work harder to keep up. I recommend TWO 84% packets in the Tone Protector at all times. I would NOT plug the end of the bore or seal it in anyway, as this increases your risk of mold getting on the reed. The Tone Protector is designed to work with some ventilation.

Here are some tips for getting the best results from your Tone Protector: https://goo.gl/9JwTEp"

Thanks for sharing this information. Very helpful.
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