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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000291.txt from 1998/04

From: C E Field <>
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 08:48:47 -0400

In a message dated 4/6/98 10:10:18 PM, you wrote:

<<I have a student with braces. There is a product on the market that is
soft plastic (similar to football or boxing mouthpieces, but thinner)
which conforms to your teeth. She's not doing real well with it herself,
but I suspect a bit of stubbornness comes into play here. It seems like
it would help (easy for me to say...)>>

Out of curiosity, I purchased this material and discovered that it is actually
"Parafilm." It is a stretchable film used by scientists to cover test tubes
and the like. Parafilm is thicker than plastic wrap but works on the same
principle. It feels a little odd when you use it to cushion your teeth but if
that's what it takes to keep playing clarinet, so be it. When I bought
Parafilm as a clarinetist's aid, it was outrageously priced. If you could find
it in a lab supply catalog or in a pharmacy, I suspect it would be much less


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