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 Re: mouthpiece change
Author: NBeaty 
Date:   2018-02-09 21:25

Caps come with ligatures most often. I've never seen one come with a mouthpiece (other than someone selling a used mouthpiece).

When I say the player has changed over time, mostly I mean they have indeed IMPROVED and that mouthpiece may no longer be ideal for the improvements made over time.

8 years of moderate to heavy playing could cause some "rail tilt" (see Brad Behn's explanation in another thread) and the curve no longer being true/balanced. Having it refaced is an option, which could bring it closer to what you really need if going through batch after batch of new mouthpieces doesn't work for you. Certainly would save a few bucks depending on who you send it to.

You'd be surprised how much of a skill it is just to measure a mouthpiece facing properly and consistently. Different tools often measure differently, whether it be the glass gauge used, the metal feeler gauges, or tip wand. Personally, I've calibrated my tools to those used by a well respected mouthpiece maker that I know to be true and accurate. Point being, be sure that if you have someone measure your mouthpiece that they have experience with that skill. If you can be sure they are reasonably competent, it's most important to note the measurements relative to other mouthpieces. For example, it's not as important to have specific numbers, but to note the difference in measurements from mouthpiece to mouthpiece. If one mouthpiece has a facing length of 36 and another is 37 (using brand measurements), it's more notable that one has a longer facing than the other than the 36 being exactly 18mm. The same goes for tip opening. I have at least 7 tip wands and almost none of them measure exactly the same.

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Philip Caron 2018-02-09 08:28 
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NBeaty 2018-02-09 20:19 
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seabreeze 2018-02-09 20:46 
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Philip Caron 2018-02-09 21:07 
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NBeaty 2018-02-09 21:25 
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Ed Palanker 2018-02-10 17:45 

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