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arock

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Does anyone here play with dentures. I know most would not want to admit that, but it is real life. I am old.:shocked:
I am sure it is not a plus in the learning curve.
 

kevgermany

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Re: clarinet to alto sax conversion

Does anyone here play with dentures. I know most would not want to admit that, but it is real life. I am old.:shocked:
I am sure it is not a plus in the learning curve.
I'm tempted to say I use reed and mouthpiece like everyone else...

What problems are you experiencing from them?

Hopefully someone can contribute something. I know we have a few members with major dental work, and at least one dentist on the forum.
 

Taz

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Re: clarinet to alto sax conversion

I'm tempted to say I use reed and mouthpiece like everyone else...
My temptation was to say, "Place them on the table and hit them with a fairly light drum stick!"

Sorry, I too can't offer any advice, but I can sympathize, as my wife has them and she suffered terribly until we managed to get them sorted.
I know that someone will offer you some good sensible advice.
 

BUMNOTE

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Does anyone here play with dentures. I know most would not want to admit that, but it is real life. I am old.:shocked:
I am sure it is not a plus in the learning curve.
Hi arock,yes i play with dentures,i had been playing without for about six years and got on fine without them,then my newish partner persuaded me to get some,i have had them for about six months now,had to make some adjustments,and sometimes my front teeth would slip on mp,but everything fine now and you will be too.Funny how after being without my front teeth after getting them kicked out at 13yrs old,it took me to 55 to get em sorted,but dont half enjoy my food now!!!>:)Bumnote.
 

saxyman

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I used to play with a lower denture, after when I had had my bottom teeth knocked out (football).
I had no problem playing with them, but they are just a nuisance in more ways than one.

So I took the plunge last year, did not want to go down the implant route (very costly and I am a coward) so I opted for a 7 tooth fixed bridge.
The very best decision I have made.
Cosmetically great, convenient, allows me to play. If I had not been able to have a bridge I would most definitely gone for implants and blow the cost.
Completely changed my life.
 

arock

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Fortunately I have a lower bridge that is anchored very well. No problem there.
Does anyone use an adhesive on a full upper plate. I never have, but the blowing action and a relaxed embroucher is making it difficult.
My mouth piece has a .070" gap. I use a #2 reed. Will a #1.5 reed help me or should I get a mouthpiece with a .045"-.050" gap?
In addition, my reed has a slight curve in it. It is .070" in the middle and only .050" gap at the corners. Is this normal for a sax?
Thanks all.
 

arock

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I just bought a 1.5 Vandoren reed and it made a big difference. It is straight across at the tip and I can hit low A# now. Not all the time but I am getting there. I bet a smaller gap will work better.
I am doing well from lower to upper octaves. I am starting to progress faster. My hold back now, is my mouth is getting tired.
More practice.
Thanks all.
Al
 
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MartinL

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Hi arock,yes i play with dentures,i had been playing without for about six years and got on fine without them,then my newish partner persuaded me to get some,i have had them for about six months now,had to make some adjustments,and sometimes my front teeth would slip on mp,but everything fine now and you will be too.Funny how after being without my front teeth after getting them kicked out at 13yrs old,it took me to 55 to get em sorted,but dont half enjoy my food now!!!>:)Bumnote.

My story is exactly the same as Bumnote, That's what comes of growing up in Wolverhampton LOL. All I would add is that a soft reed, wide tip set-up seems to suit best.. But just had a great quote for implants, Downside, I have to go to Poland for it... next spring..
 
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big mahu

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Does anyone here play with dentures. I know most would not want to admit that, but it is real life. I am old.:shocked:
I am sure it is not a plus in the learning curve.
Aloha! You guys are really helping me. I bought a soprano sax to play just inside my senior citizen poor folks apartment. Previously I had done OK on a tenor at the Maui Community Band after many years not playing at all. I have full dentures and used the poligrip on the tenor. But I sure got squealy on the soprano. It was brand new and maybe I removed a piece of cork I shouldn't have. But now I am thinking that it was there from the factory to help seat a pad or two. Anyway, I am so glad that I found this forum. I'll be trying to play without ;)the upper plate. I have been hesitant because the upper is older and I had to have 2 teeth re-bonded into it. But with a repair book coming from the library so that I am sure about the cork and with following the advice in this thread, I think I'll be OK. :thumbs: Thank you so much you guys. Mahalo from a former player with Jug Ammons in his Joliet Prison Band. Hey --- at my age my life is an open book. I was there for bad checks but wound up in the band instead of the coal pile. I did burn a little coal though :yess: A. Big Mahu:blush:
 
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Targa

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Mahalo from a former player with Jug Ammons in his Joliet Prison Band. Hey --- at my age my life is an open book. I was there for bad checks but wound up in the band instead of the coal pile. I did burn a little coal though :yess: A. Big Mahu:blush:
Anyone who likes cats can't be all bad.
 

Reed Warbler

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I have dentures. Some days they fit much better than others. My dentist told me gums tend to contract in Winter, mine seem to change daily! Glue is very helpful to keep the top set firm when playing. You have to experiment to get the amount right. I do three hour, vigorous trombone gigs without trouble. Sax is easier on the teeth, false or real.
 

Reed Warbler

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Did he explain why?
Obviously your mouth remains at the same temperature, do they contract eating ice cream and expand drinking coffee?
Dentist didn't explain, will ask next visit. Acidic things sometimes seem to loosen my dentures, gums contract at extreme lemonicity.
 
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