Check out the bonus content below to learn more about your Burnin' mouthpiece, along with some tips to keep it in great condition.
Watch the videos below to learn more about the anatomy of saxophone mouthpieces and more about the development of the BetterSax Burnin’ with Jody Espina from JodyJazz.
Common Mouthpiece Mistakes to Avoid
Leaving in Direct Sunlight
Exposure to sunlight will oxidize hard rubber. Sulfuric acid will begin to leech as result of the oxidation, causing discoloration, along with a bad odor & taste.
Running Under Hot Water
Do not use hot water or even warm water on hard rubber mouthpieces. If you need to clean them, use cold water only, or you run the risk of discoloration and a terrible taste.
Not Swabbing After Use
Not swabbing your mouthpiece will result in deposits of gunk that hardens over time & is difficult to remove. It's not only unhygienic but it can also alter how the mouthpiece plays by adding material to the interior.
Leaving Your Mouthpiece on the Neck After Playing
This means that not only has it not been swabbed, but the moisture is going to sit on the neck cork which over time will result in the cork becoming brittle. It will also cause the cork to compress which will result in a less optimal fit.
Forcing a Tight-Fitting Mouthpiece on Attached Neck
The neck tenon is a weak point, & we want to avoid putting any unnecessary pressure on it. The neck itself can also be prone to bending, so if you have a tight-fitting mouthpiece, always put it on the neck first before attaching the neck to the body.
Follow these Best Practices Every Time You Play
Avoid these common mistakes by following these tips to keep your mouthpiece in great condition while keeping it's value for years to come.
Catch these tips, plus a few extras, in the below video:
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