Review of the Max-Dry MCS as published on the Dunsire Bagpipe Forum by Roger Huth    (Dated:  26 January 2014)
If a pipe bag is comfortable for Willie McCallum, it will probably be the same for me; as proved to be the case when I purchased one, that he helped to design, in the summer of last year

The simple blowpipe tube and bottle worked very well

As a wet blower though, when the autumn and winter type hit, the inside of the bag, the bottom of the stocks and then the reeds became annoyingly wet

Not wanting to connect tubes to the drones and chanter (I like direct contact to my reeds when striking in) I persevered with the tube and bottle

Then perusing eBay on 2nd Dec 2013 I came across this Max-Dry Moisture Control System that, deep down, I knew was exactly the answer for me

I bought one immediately and a few days later, it was in my McCallum pipe bag

"I'll give you six weeks before you take it out again Roger" smiled one of my piping colleagues

So out I went with this system and it has had some severe tests when I have had to play outside for Funerals and with my Band etc

As soon as I finished and back to the car, I unzipped the bag and, to my joy, have always found the inside, and the stocks to be cold yet dry

Last night I was playing outside for twenty minutes or so in cold damp weather and the drones settled in and never moved until I finished

Back inside and ten minutes or so later, they were still in tune for piping in the haggis

I then had to visit another venue to play inside for an hour or so and the pipes stayed locked in the whole time, and totally unaffected by the temperature changes, apart from initial tuning

I checked the bag and stocks when I arrived home and, yet again, they were dry when they should have been at least a bit damp

So I now know that I do have exactly what I was hoping for

A simple system that keeps my reeds dry in a synthetic bag
 Pipe Major Roger Huth  (ex Scots Guards, Pipe Major of the British Airways Pipe Band, and ex Vice President of the London Piping Society):  01-26-2014
Extracts from a technical review of the Max-Dry MCS conducted by David Locky, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  (Dated:  7 March 2015)
Max-Dry Moisture Control System Review: Moisture By Components
Last fall I began a correspondence with the inventor of the Max-Dry Moisture Control System (MCS), and decided to test one out.  Many months later and with dozens of controlled test runs I am happy to report my results – this is a very effective self-contained moisture control device that will capture most of the moisture you can throw at it for periods of up to an hour, and likely longer, with little or no restriction – and I am a consummate wet blower who uses hybrid and synthetic bags, plus plays blackwood and poly pipes.
The Challenge

I use a number of MCS’ depending on what type of piping I’m doing. If I have the ability to dump my spit/condensate at regular intervals I usually use the Trap Dri MCS, which I reviewed favourably a while back. However, for those times when you’re unable to pour out your spit, I was, until recently, unable to find a sufficiently effective device or method. I am in the ‘nothing attached to my drones, please’ camp, so Ross or Bannatyne, etc. hose systems are out. Bannatyne bottles and the sleeves are fine for light duty but fail to catch a high proportion of moisture, which ends up on reeds and inside bores.

Enter the Max-Dry MCS. This device employs a simple but effective design: three silica dessicant cartridges inside a jar that is lined with paper towels attached to a hose and elbow. The hose is simply hemped into the bottom of your blowpipe stock. Cartridges can be dried in the oven or in a microwave according to the instructions – follow them closely, as I learned the hard way. Here’s what the device looks like set-up to be employed

The Test

Many of our observations about piping products are quite subjective. “My pipes were really wet after using this MCS” just doesn’t cut it. Like my test with the Trap Dri MCS, I wanted to find a way to objectively measure the amount of moisture that the device was capturing.
To determine the efficacy of the MCS, before playing I weighed all components individually in grams:

1)  Lid and hose assembly

2)  Cartridges (individually)

3)  Jar and paper towels (three half pieces)

After playing for a measured time period I re-weighed the components and entered the weights into a spreadsheet. I was relatively consistent playing in ~18 ºC – 20 ºC (64 ºF - 68 ºF) conditions and converted the grams into US fluid ounces (1 gram = 0.0338140225589 ounces).

I hooked the Max-Dry MCS up to two sets of pipes, running the test 10 times with my Dunbar poly pipes and 11 times with McCallum African blackwood pipes for a total sample size of 21. Playing time ranged from 25 minutes to 55 minutes.

The Max-Dry MCS captures a lot of water and consistently over time with no restriction in blowing! In most cases, even after 55 minutes, the bores were only a little damp to dry and the reeds had surface moisture that would be no cause for concern. Check out the bass reed below after 55 minutes of playing in my poly Dunbars
Final Verdict

For those times when you want a self-contained MCS that is easy to use, easy to maintain, does not restrict your blowing, and is very effective at moisture control, I highly recommend the Max-Dry MCS!   When indoors I use it exclusively.   Great work,.....!
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Copy of unprompted feedback email from Ralf Schumm, Bremen, Germany (Dated:  29 December 2016)

Good morning, John !

I recieved a Max-Dry System from you in May this year, and I think it could be helpful for you to get a little feedback.

I now play the bagpipes for only 2 years and this is my first moisture control system ever, so I can give you only a small amount of experience yet.

I play a Naill bagpipe, somewhere from the 1990's (no one can really tell the age) with a Bannatyne hybrid bag (medium) and a Sheperd chanter. The chanter reed is medium from MG reeds, just like the drone reeds.

The Max-Dry is very easy to assemble and to use. I can't even feel it in the bag when I'm playin/practising. I placed the cartridges into the canister as recommended, one horizontally and the other two vertically, and I don't recognize any further blowing resistance at all. The reeds are totally dry, even after playing outside for an hour or more. (My teacher said it would be better to get a certain amount of moisture to the chanter reed - well, I had no trouble about that until now.)  Even when the beads are saturated, there is enough time reserve to end playing properly, the pipes don't stop on the spot then.

The cartridges get warm while playing. If I have the chance, I take them out of the bag and let them cool down and get dry, change the kitchen towel, too, if necessary.

I always make sure that the beads are as dry as possible before I go out for playing, so the system is up to maximum capability. This means that I look once more often after the cartidges and dry them in a microwave oven.

Best regards from Bremen,