Breaking the Mold

Ever opened your pipe case and realized you forgot to pull your chanter out of the stock after yesterday's practice... and a whole civilization has grown in that still-moist bamboo overnight?!

If you have a chanter reed that got a little fuzzy with mold (and this will affect the sound of the reed), it can be tempting to want to try to resurrect it – I mean, you put all that time in to 'breaking it in' and getting used to it, right? 

But can you rehabilitate a moldy reed, or is it toast?