Mouthpiece cleaning

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by subtlevib, Feb 13, 2019 at 4:49 PM.

  1. subtlevib

    subtlevib Member

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    Hello!

    I've got a tub full of old and tatty mouthpieces that with a bit of effort could look much cleaner and nicer, that I use for people to try out or for whole class type trying.

    I know chemical cleaning is all the thing, but I wondered if anyone has any success with the larger ultrasonic cleaners (like the jewellery ones, but bigger)??
     
  2. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

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    I've had mine cleaned in a cheap ultrasonic jewellery cleaner; came out fine. Don't see why you'd particularly need a larger one?
     
  3. Tom-King

    Tom-King Well-Known Member

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    Ultrasonic will get the crap off/out nicely.

    You'll still want some polish to shine up though.
     
  4. subtlevib

    subtlevib Member

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    Thanks, gents, I just, potentially, want a larger one because I have 61 mouthpieces of various sizes and would prefer to do a few at a time.
     
  5. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

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    The only thing is (and I freely admit this is based only on hearsay, and I have no evidence for this), you might want to investigate whether some kind of licence is needed for anything bigger than the small ones.
    I only say this because I know of someone who wanted to install a bigger size industrial ultrasonic cleaner, and he had to have visits and surveys from environment health or somesuch, and there were problems because he lived near a colony of bats, who are, evidently seriously disturbed by ultrasound ...
     
  6. subtlevib

    subtlevib Member

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    Ooooh, well I wasn't planning on going industrial, just 1/2l sized. Don't want to hurt the bats - we have them around us.
     
  7. pbirch

    pbirch Active Member

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    before you put a lot of effort into these old mouthpieces, you should consider just how useful they might [or might not] be. they are likely to be too small for modern instruments
     
  8. subtlevib

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    All tried and tested, but thanks for the thought.
     
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