Since I picked my first sax late last Dec, I have been holding the reed in my mouth to moisten it while I get my sax, music, etc ready. Recently, I was asked how long I soak my reeds and how I store them. I started soaking them. I noticed the reads were softer and the sound was better. Is that good for the life of a reed? Is storing them in their plastic case in on a table top near a window sufficient ?