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Metal Mouthpiece Slippage

buckg

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So I've finally worked up my embochure that I can now get a sound out of my Berg Larsen. But the mouthpiece keeps slipping out of my mouth. It's slicker than my hard rubber pieces. Anybody else have this problem? Any suggestions?

Thanks.
 

Chris

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A mouthpiece patch. You upper teeth will have something to rest on and not slip.
 

kevgermany

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Thanks Nick.


Everyone, please stick to serious answers for now, thanks.
 

Colin the Bear

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The mouthpiece coming out of your mouth is more to do with what you're doing than the mouthpiece being slippy. Adjust the sling and crook so that the mouthpiece sits in your mouth ,no hands, and play it there. And stop waving it about. It's music not semaphore.
 

aaronrod

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Keep in mind that they make the patches in different thicknesses - from barely there patches that provide a bit of friction, to relatively thick patches that feel like a neoprene pillow for your top teeth.

They're pretty cheap, so you may want to try a couple of different thicknesses to find the one that works for you.
 

buckg

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It's the lipstick! I would never have guessed.

I'll try the mp pads and Colin's suggestions for adjustments. Thanks, everyone, for the tips, serious or not.
 

Colin the Bear

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"!KLAXON!" Was mine the only serious post? I need to make a doctors appointment or maybe go see that guy that sits in the carpark all night in the big BMW next to the van.
 

buckg

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I recommend the guy in the BMW if the doctors there are anything like the general practitioners here. They all seem to be nothing more than licensed pill pushers.
 

kernewegor

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Gah. Doctors.

Half my friends are doctors, anything from one to three PhDs each - plant biology, linguistics, hydrography, mathematics, law, classics, anthropology, astronomy....

And yet ask them why my leg hurts and they don't have a clue! What's the use, eh?

Colin's idea was on the money.

If I feel I'm not playing right and it is not the reed, the next thing I do is check my harness adjustment... I only lock the crook in position after blowing a few notes to get the right position...and I move my sax around very little... and if the harness isn't adjusted right I find I have to stretch or bend my neck to reach it... which doesn't help tone or anything else... worse with a slippery m.p..

So - all those things.
 
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Jonesy

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A mouthpiece patch. You upper teeth will have something to rest on and not slip.
How do you get the patches to stick tight? Mine work their way to the sides over a short time and the gum never seems to set properly.
 

Ivan

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How do you get the patches to stick tight? Mine work their way to the sides over a short time and the gum never seems to set properly.
You might be unlucky in your make of patch

I get clear ones from Reeds Direct and they stick without movement
 

aaronrod

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How do you get the patches to stick tight? Mine work their way to the sides over a short time and the gum never seems to set properly.
Although I haven't had this issue, I know that oil from your fingers can prevent adhesives from forming a bond.

Try using a little bit of rubbing alcohol to clean the top of the mouthpiece before applying the patch. But only use a little, as I'm not sure if it would discolour the mouthpiece.
 

kernewegor

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Doctors are like GPS systems. They tell you where to go.
That is exactly what a hypochondriac was complaining to me about down at the pub the other night.

She had followed her doctor's advice - to an extent. We were surrounded by daft devils, some of whom were clearly in good spirits.

But seriously: has buckg solved the slipping mouthpiece problem?
 

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