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Old 09-14-2018, 07:43 PM   #1
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Default Using Ross MCS, Drone Reeds Still Wet

Hi, All: I'm using a Ross MCS in my Bannatyne hybrid bag installed in my Gillanders & McLeod pipes. Tonight after about a 30-minute practice, I took a look at my drone reeds and found all three saturated with moisture. I have all the little colored tabs closed on the cannister/manifold so all the air from the blow pipe is directed into the desiccant before going into the drones. The tubing seems to be intact throughout the system. I've read several testimonials about the Ross system (which is why I invested in it in the first place), and they all (it seems) claim their drones at the end of a session are as dry as they were at the beginning. Wondering what I might be doing wrong. Any thoughts?
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Old 09-14-2018, 07:50 PM   #2
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Hi, All: I'm using a Ross MCS in my Bannatyne hybrid bag installed in my Gillanders & McLeod pipes. Tonight after about a 30-minute practice, I took a look at my drone reeds and found all three saturated with moisture. I have all the little colored tabs closed on the cannister/manifold so all the air from the blow pipe is directed into the desiccant before going into the drones. The tubing seems to be intact throughout the system. I've read several testimonials about the Ross system (which is why I invested in it in the first place), and they all (it seems) claim their drones at the end of a session are as dry as they were at the beginning. Wondering what I might be doing wrong. Any thoughts?
How much kitty litter is in each compartment? Completely full? If so, when was it last dried?
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:09 PM   #3
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Kitty litter compartments are full. They've never been dried, as in an oven, but I have left them in the open air often. I live in Colorado, so I figured the dry air around here would do the job...

I've looked at the kitty litter, and it doesn't appear wet, but then, I don't really know how to tell for sure.

Thanks for the reply!
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:24 PM   #4
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I'm in Denver and use the Ross MCS. In fact almost everyone in our band does. It takes hours of playing before the drone reeds get any moisture on them. Try drying the litter out for 5 minutes or so in a microwave. Find better directions than that elsewhere.
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Old 09-14-2018, 09:10 PM   #5
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Okay. Fried the sand for 5 minutes, which resulted in a loss of water-weight of nearly 2 oz. I'm thinking the desiccant was wetter than I suspected?
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:32 PM   #6
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Be careful, you can bake the kitty litter and it will become less effective, it also seems to become less effective with age. I only ever did about 1/2 of what the instructions said, but dried the drones after almost every play.
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Old 09-17-2018, 08:13 PM   #7
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I am in the Denver area and have found that dessicants do not need tons of drying. We are quite fortunate in that we live in a dry habitat.

However, the dessicants still need some maintenance to ensure that they work to their best.

Another option is to use a tube trap such as the TrapDri. I installed one in my Gannaway and found that I no longer needed any dessicants and I also do not need to season the bag for moisture control.

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Old 09-17-2018, 08:43 PM   #8
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Are you certain that you don't have a lose hose or a cracked hose? Also make certain the bypasses aren't open if you are using a newer red canister with bypasses on the diffuser ports. Just a few suggestions.
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