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Colin the Bear

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I can't believe the price they are charging for a mouthpiece patch. £5 to £6 for 8 1mm patches.

I've ordered a sheet of 1mm thick rubber and some double sided tape for the princely sum of £4 including postage.

With some sharp scissors or a craft knife I should be able to make 80 nor so

Anybody else make their own.

I need a thin patch for clarinet and soprano.

Any suggestions or thoughts welcome.
 

PaulM

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I can't believe the price they are charging for a mouthpiece patch. Anybody else make their own?/QUOTE]

Hello Colin,

I'm a keen cyclist and when I first started playing I used puncture repair patches as they were to hand and I've got loads. If Benny Hill were still alive he'd say "rubbery". While they worked okay, I now use the commercial ones. At least they seem to last for months before needing changing, but that may be more due to my worn teeth than a relaxed embouchure.
 

TomMapfumo

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+1 for the 0.4mm thin clear patches. Have never gone through one, so don't mind spending 50p on a patch for a mouthpiece costing £150 or so. If I want to save money I do it on a bigger scale in the sax world through knowing what is available where and for how much.
 

rhysonsax

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They are great and last ages, in fact I've yet to change one because it's worn out. I never got on with the thick ones.

My sharp and uneven front tooth goes through the thick black ones, so I quite often put a thin, clear patch on top of the thick one. This takes a long while to wear out.

I am starting to prefer a more open jaw position, both for comfort and sound.

Rhys
 

TomMapfumo

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You could always file your uneven front tooth - worked wonders for yours truly and stopped me cutting through the thick pads!
 

jazzdoh

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I have always bought the ones from FAM Enterprises (Face Ache Mike from SOTW) they are expensive but last way longer than any other make i have tried.

Brian
 

thomsax

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I use two thin clear pathes (2x0,4mm). First a large patch and then a small patch. When the first layer is ready to be replaced I just replace to top layer. I also prefer thick patches. I think I get a more open tone. I just changed mouthpiece. I was blowing a late Rovner with the new more comfortable design (bite plare/area) to an older Rovner stainless with a bite plate/area more in the style of BL. My tone is better on the old Rovner beacause I must open my jaw more.

If you do your own rubber patches make sure you get rubber that is good for your health! I wouldn't use rubber from tyres, reapiare pathes for cars, bikes.... . The can be made of carcinogenic emulsions. I don't know how dangerious it is. Probably not more dangerous than smoking!

Thomas
 

Andrew Sanders

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You could always file your uneven front tooth - worked wonders for yours truly and stopped me cutting through the thick pads!
:shocked: Just have an image of you wedged in a Black and Decker Workmate, dremel drill at the ready.
Don't you have dentists in Cymru?
 

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If you do your own rubber patches make sure you get rubber that is good for your health! I wouldn't use rubber from tyres, reapiare pathes for cars, bikes.... . The can be made of carcinogenic emulsions. I don't know how dangerious it is. Probably not more dangerous than smoking!

Thomas

My thoughts exactly.
 

Colin the Bear

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Get a roll of this stuff. It's what several of the .4mm clear patches are punched out of.

Excellent. Just what I need.

My problem is I have a crown on one front inscisor and a veneer on the other. The porcelain is very hard wearing and seems to be quite sharp on the veneer. I'm going through patches at quite a rate.

The modern selmer and rico mouthpieces I have seem to be made of a tough enough material to withstand the wear without a patch. I daren't risk it on the vintage pieces.

I don't have a bite problem but I seem to be leaning on the mouthpiece since I discovered the 1mm rubber patches.

Some home made rubber patches with the protective tape on top or a double layer of protective tape should sort me.

Thankyou.

Being on a very tight budget every little helps.

And as far as cancer goes, I'm too old to die young.
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daveysaxboy

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8 thick blacks 1's from reedsdirect/Been using these for donkeys of years.Cant be without 1 apart from on baritone mps which i use none.I get a few months on a pack of 8 and i play/gig heavy,worth £5.00.
 

Colin the Bear

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The roll from viking was working out at almost £20 with postage and vat so after a bit of research I've ordered a 50mm x 1m piece of 3m Helicopter tape off ebay. Should get 100 out of it. Works out 5p each.
 

TomMapfumo

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:shocked: Just have an image of you wedged in a Black and Decker Workmate, dremel drill at the ready.
Don't you have dentists in Cymru?

No we don't, and would not want to have said job done when it would cost around £150 or so with private treatment. It continues to be odd to think that every part of your body is covered by the NHS apart from your teeth.
 

TomMapfumo

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The roll from viking was working out at almost £20 with postage and vat so after a bit of research I've ordered a 50mm x 1m piece of 3m Helicopter tape off ebay. Should get 100 out of it. Works out 5p each.

Will you let us know when you have used the first 50?
 

AndyWhiteford

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..I used puncture repair patches as they were to hand...

Yeah I got a box of bicycle puncture repair patches from one of those "Everything for a Pound" shops.
I think they cost 80 pence, if I remember right ;-)
[ I doubt they're any more carcinogenic than a sausage supper from a Glasgow chip-shop ]
 

llamedos

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Yeah I got a box of bicycle puncture repair patches from one of those "Everything for a Pound" shops.
I think they cost 80 pence, if I remember right ;-)
[ I doubt they're any more carcinogenic than a sausage supper from a Glasgow chip-shop ]

I'm sure that if you pop into your nearest Kwitfit you will be amazed how many you can knock up out of an old lorry innertube.
 

Colin the Bear

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I'm sure that if you pop into your nearest Kwitfit you will be amazed how many you can knock up out of an old lorry innertube.

You're just being silly now. Kwik fit don't do lorries, and they've been tubeless for years.
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MandyH

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Excellent. Just what I need.

My problem is I have a crown on one front inscisor and a veneer on the other. The porcelain is very hard wearing and seems to be quite sharp on the veneer. I'm going through patches at quite a rate.

The modern selmer and rico mouthpieces I have seem to be made of a tough enough material to withstand the wear without a patch. I daren't risk it on the vintage pieces.

I don't have a bite problem but I seem to be leaning on the mouthpiece since I discovered the 1mm rubber patches.

Some home made rubber patches with the protective tape on top or a double layer of protective tape should sort me.

Thankyou.

Being on a very tight budget every little helps.

And as far as cancer goes, I'm too old to die young.
smiley-shocked033.gif

That's odd. Both of my font teeth are crowned, porcelain over gold, and I still have the original 0.8mm thick black patch that I put on my mouthpiece nearly 4 years ago, but I have seen others who have bitten right through patches.
 

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