theres all kind of things you can do. if it doesnt speak down low, you can shave a little bit of the heart off with a knife and that may help. if it overall just not playing well, you can try soaking it overnight. but dry it out more or less. i store my reeds in a tupperware container with a moist sponge. **if you do this, wash them out every other day you will grow mold. when reeds start to get older and dont have enough puch, you can trim the tip off, you'll need a reed trimmer for that.