The ‘Tone Protector’ Regulated Humidified Chanter Cap
This quite brilliant little product is like a chanter cap with a brain. A small humidity pack sits inside a compartment inside the cap to keep the level of humidity around the reed in the general vicinity of 84%. If the humidity is less than that (as it would be during cold winters or in other dry climates) the pack raises the humidity. If you put your reed away wet after playing, the pack absorbs moisture, stabilizing to that 84% level deemed optimum for maintaining a healthy reed that is ready to play. The digital hygrometer embedded into the end of the cap shows you the humidity level being maintained. If it drops well below 84%, you know it’s time to change your humidity pack. The packs can last anywhere from a few weeks up to a year depending on the relative humidity where you live. Where I am in southern Ontario, the winters are harsh and I get about a month out of a pack. Additional packs are sold separately. I love how I can take my own pipes out and have the chanter reed sounding like I’ve already been playing for 15 minutes. I find it particularly helpful with the ridgecut reeds my students play in my high school pipe band. Winters were always frustrating with sharp top hands because the reeds were all dry. These caps have cut my band tuning time by about 75%. Sold here in black, blue or red.