I was thinking about this issue today as I had to break down and clean my mouthpiece with soft soap. I like to rinse it out with water periodically but only use soap when it really needs it.
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I'm the same way. I don't like playing on a full stomach, so I make sure I eat early enough and brush my teeth before playing. I also don't drink anything but water while playing. I have assumed that is why my horns don't smell and I get less stickiness and wearout of the pads than most players.Carl H. said:I generally don't eat for several hours before playing - or during playing, and I drink only water. My horns stay clean and so do my mouthpieces."
Careful! Vinegar can discolor a hard rubber mouthpiece. I bought this stuff, it's cheap and seems to work well:When I actually clean I mpc I normally put the mpc into a vial/container of vinegar and let it soak.
Not exactly. Vinegar can discolour some mouthpieces, old Selmers are more known for that, but actually, IME, most mouthpieces won't be affected at all.Careful! Vinegar can discolor a hard rubber mouthpiece. I bought this stuff, it's cheap and seems to work well:
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