The Tone Protector™ instantly improves your bagpipe sound.
More stable tuning.
A warmer, richer, more stable sound. Dramatically shorter warm up time. Pipes are always instantly ready to play.
Play more. Tune less.
You’ll enjoy spending more time playing, with less time tuning and messing around with your reeds. Tune once and it holds.
You’ll have a more consistent sound, anywhere, indoors and outdoors, in every season, even when you take several days off.
Reeds stay like new.
Save time, hassle, and money. No more fussing around with reeds. No surprises. Reeds are protected from extremes of dryness and wetness and last 3-4x longer
Available in eight different colors for all of your chanters.
The Tone Protector will instantly change your life.
More consistent sound from day to day, even if you take several days off.
Tune once and it will hold.
After playing for a few minutes, you’ll only need to tune your pipes once and they’ll stay in tune.
Great tone in any weather or climate. Anywhere in the world.
More reliable performance even in different places with varying conditions (hot/cold, inside/outside, home/traveling).
Quicker warm ups.
Dramatically shorter warm up time. Pipes are always instantly ready to play.
A warmer, richer, more stable sound.
Great tone all year.
Consistent tone and tuning all year-long, regardless of the season (summer/winter).
Reeds last 3-4x longer.
Save time. Save hassle. Save money.
Your pipes will SOUND and FEEL the same every day. No unexpected surprises. No emergencies.
Play more. Tune less.
You’ll enjoy spending more time playing, with less time tuning and messing around with your reeds.
Reeds stay like new.
Your reeds stay cleaner and more hygienic. No more licking or pinching means the reeds look fresh and new for much longer.
The secret formula:
Constant Humidity = Ultimate Steadiness + More Consistent + Greater Tuning Precision +Instant Warm Up + Longer Lasting Reeds
Easy to use. No guesswork.
Just plug and play. Store your reed in the Tone Protector. That’s it.
You’ll notice an improved sound right away. You’ll love the consistent tone you get from day to day.
Tested and trusted.
Made by pipers for pipers. We’ve tested it around the world in every climate and condition imaginable.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
You’ll love your Tone Protector or we’ll take it back and refund you.
How many times have you experienced something like this?
My reed was sounding great leading up to the competition or performance. Then, I don’t know what happened but all of a sudden, it: (pick one or more of the following)
•got too easy
•got too hard
•started cutting out
•the f collapsed
•the high a got scratchy/crowy
•started skirling on the low notes
•got really unstable
•got really hard to tune
•made an awful noise that completely ruined my performance…
Here is the solution…
Always keep your reed at a constant humidity level. It’s the single easiest and most powerful thing you can do to immediately improve your bagpipe sound.
Whether you are an experienced piper looking to take your tone and tuning to the next level or you are looking to find a way to spend more time enjoying playing and less time tuning and messing around with reeds, you need a system for storing and maintaining your reed at a constant humidity level.
The Tone Protector is ready to go right out of the box. You’ll start seeing results right away. Regardless of how the environment changes or where you travel in the world, your reed is protected, stabilized, and always ready to go.
The Tone Protector is designed, tested and built for pipers in the USA.
USA and UK Patents Pending.
Dual-layer reed protector with two-way humidity control
Digital hygrometer and thermometer with large, easy-to-read LCD display
Extra large knurled locking thumb screw
Two-way humidity control technology adds or removes moisture as needed to maintain a precisely controlled, specifically-chosen humidity level
Frequently Asked Questions
No more pinching, no squeezing, no licking, no scraping, no drying, no guesswork. Just take it out to play and put it away when you are done. The Tone Protector has a digital hygrometer and thermometer so you can have the ultimate confidence that your reed is always at the perfect humidity level and ready to play.
By stabilizing the moisture content in your reed, it dramatically shortens the time it takes for your reed to get warmed up and ready to play.
The break-in period for new reeds is shorter. Just place your new reed in the Tone Protector and wait a day for the moisture level to get stabilized.
Your pipes are more consistent from day to day, even if you take several days off of playing. Top players know that their pipes sound the best and are the steadiest when they play every day. With the Tone Protector, you can achieve that level of tone and stability even if you take several days off. It’s amazing.
Your reeds last 3x to 4x longer. The reeds never get the shock of being over dried out and they never get licked or dunked in water, so they won’t warp and they won’t crack. The two-way humidity control technology always keeps the reed at a specifically-chosen, stabilized humidity level. If the reed is too dry, the Tone Protector will add moisture. If the reed is too wet, it will absorb moisture.
Each packet contains a specially prepared saturated solution of pure water and natural salts. This saturated solution is contained within a water-vapor permeable “reverse osmosis” membrane.
The packets are available in several relative humidity levels, please visit our online store for all of the different options.
The packets are 100% non-toxic and food safe.
We know that pipers love options! Whether it’s bagpipes, chanter reeds, bags, or anything else pipers love to try different things and find what works best.
We offer pre-calibrated two-way humidity control packs in several different relative humidity levels, please visit our online shop to see all of the options.
The Tone Protector will help beginners make their pipes easier to play, more stable, more consistent from day to day, and easier to tune.
Experienced pipers looking to get a world-class sound will find it easier to achieve a full, rich, and resonant tone, and will find greatly improved stability and consistency which leads to superior precision of all of your tuning adjustments.
Pipers of all ages and ability levels around the world have used the Tone Protector and enjoyed the amazing results that come from a stabilized, controlled moisture level in their reeds.
When you store your reed in your chanter with the Tone Protector it will always be at a constant, precisely-controlled humidity level. Whether you are home , in the Highlands of Scotland, in the Sahara desert, or the Amazon rainforest, your reed will always be at the same, consistent humidity level and always ready to play.
The Tone Protector been tested by pipers around the world, in all seasons, in almost every climate: wet and rainy (Scotland), warm and tropical (Hawaii), high and dry (Colorado), and everything in between (Seattle, Kansas City, Australia, Vancouver, etc.). The results have been impressive. The Tone Protector protects your sound all day, every day, anywhere you go in the world.
You’ll find that you’ll be able to warm up faster and tune once and your tuning will hold.
1. Without the Tone Protector, your reed gets damaged from the repeated cycles of swelling and shrinking as your reed gets wet from playing and then dries out completely. This cycle will warp the reed, can crack the reed, and severely shorten it’s lifespan.
2. Licking and pinching your reed will shorten it’s lifespan. Many pipers who store their reeds dry will moisten the reed prior to playing. This sudden addition of moisture shocks the reed and makes the reed less stable. In addition, saliva and dirt and oils from your fingers deteriorate the cane and shorten it’s lifespan.
With the Tone Protector, simply play your pipes and store your reed in your chanter with Tone Protector. When you find a good reed, it will last.
Airflow! The Tone Protector allows air to flow in an out while still keeping your reed at a constant humidity level. This airflow helps prevent mold from growing on the reed.
IMPORTANT: Do not seal the bore of the chanter. Do not use a cork or stopper or any other device to seal the bore.
The two-way humidity-control packets are designed to keep the reed at a constant humidity level.
In addition, the packets contain a small amount of a naturally-occurring anti-mold ingredient to further inhibit the growth of mold on your reed.
If the humidity level is too low, you’ll need to replace or recharge your two-way humidity control packet.
And let’s face it: Finding a good bagpipe reed can be hard, time-consuming, and expensive.
But a great reed will not sound consistently great if the reed is subject to regular changes in humidity in the surrounding air.
Pipers who get a fantastic sound spend huge amounts of their practice time trying to find the perfect reed, breaking it in, adjusting the reed, tuning the notes, and hoping (!) that the reed will last through their next performance.
If you’ve spent any time around a pipe band, you’ll know that pipers typically spend most of their practice time tuning their pipes — not working on their music or playing, but simply trying to get their pipes in tune with each other. (Drummers in pipe bands love to point this out.)
I’ve been piping and teaching for 30+ years, so I’ve experienced first-hand the challenges of trying to achieve a great bagpipe sound. I’ve helped thousands of pipers of all ages and ability levels with their quest to get their pipes sounding good and easy-to-play.
In most places around the world, the humidity can vary more than 50% in one day. Changes in humidity can be even more extreme when moving from indoors to outdoors, with heating or air conditioning, or when traveling. The low humidity dryness in commercial airplanes (~20% relative humidity) can be really tough on your reed.
Every time you play your pipes, the reed warms up and absorbs moisture from your breath (which has a humidity level of 100%). If your reed starts out too dry or too wet, it will take longer for the reed to warm up and reach a stable tone. This means that the performance of your reed including the tuning, tone, strength, and stability are all dramatically affected by the humidity level of the air where the reed was stored.
What this all means is that it is very difficult successfully achieve a top-notch bagpipe sound if your reed is stored at constantly changing humidity level.
Some pipers will try to compensate for a stiff, dry reed by licking and pinching the reed just before they play. This shocks the reed and makes the reed MORE UNSTABLE. It also breaks down of the cane fibers and shortens the lifespan of the reed.
When a reed is allowed to get too dry, the cane shrinks. This repeated cycle of absorbing moisture when you play and shrinking when the reed dries out warps and will sometimes crack the reed. Cane is an amazing natural material but is easily damaged by even one time drying out too much or too fast. (This fact is very well known by players of other reed instruments, like clarinet and saxophone.)
•Everything about your reed changes from day to day: stability, volume, pitch, strength, sound quality, tuning, etc.
•You face uncertainty every time you play — you never know what your pipes will sound like and feel like.
•It takes longer to warm up your pipes and get them in tune.
•You spend more time tuning and messing with your reed and less time playing.
•You spend more time, effort, and money buying, picking, and breaking in new reeds.
•The lifespan of your reed is shortened.