You wouldn't want to put your lips round this !!

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Richard Orme, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. Richard Orme

    Richard Orme Member

    :) Hi guys and gals,
    Has anyone got any tricks of the trade so to speak, in making an old tarnished mouldy scummy (get the idea) mouthpiece looking like new again. As the wife forgot to clean it for me before hiding it in the back of a drawer for 3 years.

    Any tips gladly appreciated.
  2. Alice

    Alice Member

    Boiling water usually works for me, although i was never careless enough to leave it 3 years :p
  3. ronnie_the_lizard

    ronnie_the_lizard Active Member

    3 years is a long time to not notice that someone's hidden your mouthpiece - perhaps you should practice more often ;)

    What sort of finish is it - silver, laquer, real gold etc.

  4. Richard Orme

    Richard Orme Member

    lol its a larger one than i play on at the moment hence why its been in the draw for so long, its a silver one m8
  5. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    Boil it to get the outside crud off, then use a good quality liquid silver polish (the kind used to dip jewelry). Make sure you rinse off the polish well, as it might not be the best thing to put you lips on.
  6. Cornishwomble

    Cornishwomble Active Member

    At Pontins this year as a drunken prank, I put one of our cornet player's mouthpiece in an empty metal sugar bowl and then put it into the freezer compartment of the fridge.

    Of course when he got up the next morning the water had frozen solid with the mouthpiece. When it had thawed out the mouthpiece was completely clean and looked as good as new!
  7. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    If the bowl was empty, where did the water come from? :-?

    I'm not sure how freezing something could clean it, but I'll choose to believe your observation, since I haven't tried it myself. A seriously encrusted mouthpiece is probably going to require more than simply freezing to make things right.
  8. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    Nice blame avoidance there... ;)

    Anyway, boiling water, savlon and scrubbing are generally the best tips in my opinion...
  9. Vickitorious

    Vickitorious Active Member

    Savlon? Isn't that for cuts, that cream stuff?? :-? :shock: Surely the mouthpiece isn't that bad..:shock: poor thing :-(
  10. aimee_euph

    aimee_euph Member

    could you not clean it yourself?!
  11. Big Twigge

    Big Twigge Active Member

    On that weird programme on BBC2 that gives helpful hints on things, one woman made her silvery cutlery so very shiny and clean by boiling it in a saucepan with a few scrunched up balls of tin foil....
    it might work, good luck!
  12. stopher

    stopher Member

    Go to the nearest Old People's home and get some sterident - should bubble most of the rubbish out and soften the rest so a quick brush through is easier.

    Might not got it gleaming but will be better!
  13. Steve

    Steve Active Member

    Rich, that is disgusting. I didnt think even Bass bone players could forget about a mouthpiece for three years. Buy a plastic one cos everyone else does

    Steve March
    Solo Bone
    Raunds Temperance
  14. ComputerBloke

    ComputerBloke Member

    I've not tried it before but you could try soaking it in Coka Cola.

    Have you seen what it does to old coins?
    You wouldn't drink any afterwards...

    Polishes them up nicely ;)
  15. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

    what do you think would happen if you froze your instrument?
  16. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    I'd try Steradent+boiling water, works wonders on badly stanied teacups. Leave overnight for best results. Then clean with an old toothbrush, and the bore with a mouthpiece brush or similar (cotton buds work well on cornet mouthpieces).
  17. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    This brand isn't known in the US, I'm assuming that it's used for cleaning false teeth? :-?

    I've never heard of using this type of thing to clean a mouthpiece, but I can see where it wuold probably work.
  18. Brassb3ll3nd

    Brassb3ll3nd Member

    I think you would get chapped lips, and I can't see it being very beneficial to the valves cos any water inside em will expand and may cause damage.

    If you put a bottle of lager in your freezer to cool down quickly, then accidentally forget about it, (like wot I did in the summer) it dosen't half make a mess!
  19. Farmer Giles

    Farmer Giles Member

    drop it in a glass of cheapo cola and leave it for a bit.

    that's what i do with mine when it gets full of gunk.

  20. SuperHorn

    SuperHorn Member

    Soak it overnight in vinegar and if not fussy use the vinegar on your chips the next day.

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