Thanks so much! I'm so happy that you in your 16 or so years on this planet and 5-6 years of experience on the horn have taken the time to set us all straight on that. What does it really matter if the neoprene absorbs more water or not? The important thing is whether or not it's achieving a positive seal. They definitely are very, very well made. If I had the money, I'd probably still be on a Schilke (S32 or S42) rather than a Jupiter, but it would have taken almost twice what I paid for my Jupiter to get into one of the aforementioned Schilkes.