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Adjusting neck cork for smaller mouthpiece

SaxMart

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Hi just recently purchased a new mouthpiece which is a tighter fit on the neck than previous. Can anyone please advise on the best way to trim the cork, is it ok to use fine sandpaper

Thanks
Marty
 

jbtsax

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As a repair tech, I use #320 grit emery cloth in 1/2" wide strips. After finding a way to secure the neck (I use a bench peg and my stomach) I "rag" the cork with the emery cloth. I like to do a few strokes with N, S, E, W on top and then check the fit.

I like to leave the cork snug and then melt paraffin wax onto the cork. I then give it a generous coat of cork grease and install the mouthpiece. The first time it goes on, it removes the excess wax. After that very little cork grease if any is needed. It is important to remember to keep the cork a cylindrical shape to match the shank of the mouthpiece.
 

kevgermany

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also a good idea to wrap a few turns of masking tape around the neck next to the cork. Saves marking it when you lose contorl of the sandpaper/emery tape....
 

SaxMart

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Thanks for all the advice everyone, I guess the trick is a little at a time
Marty
 

jbtsax

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I like how Kev said "when" instead of "if".
 

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