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by saxy4u
(2 posts)
7 years ago

Cleaning mpc

This is embarassing for me since I have been playing sax for 45+ years, but, I just recently decided to start taking better care of my equipment. I still play my Conn Naked Lady that I bought brand new in 1959. What is the best method for cleaning up mouth pieces? I don't want to scrape the crud off any more. I would like to have a better method to soak them clean. I use metal, rubber and composite. Can you help?

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  1. by newreedsyndrome
    (343 posts)

    7 years ago

    Re: Cleaning mpc

    I put my mouthpieces in a glass of about 90% warm water and 10% vinegar and let them soak for 45 minutes to an hour. Then all I really need to do is wipe them out with a paper towel and they're squeaky clean. You might want to give them an extra rinse to get rid of the vinegar taste.

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  2. by The Insomniac Saxman
    (141 posts)

    7 years ago

    Re: Cleaning mpc

    Soak the mouthpiece in a bowl or glass of straight white vinegar overnight and that will break down all the calcium deposits. Then wash it out with dish soap before you play on it.

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  3. by sax buddah
    (4 posts)

    7 years ago

    Re: Cleaning mpc

    hydrogen peroxide bubbles the junk away.

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    1. by jushden
      (17 posts)

      7 years ago

      Re: Cleaning mpc

      just putting this out there... hydrogen peroxide will eat away at hard rubber mouthpieces. never use this on rubber mouthpieces. also, use stuff like cotton swabs, q-tips, something soft to wipe the inside away. dont use a toothbrush if you were thinking that might be a good idea. just putting it out there.

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  4. by Tranesyadaddy
    (279 posts)

    7 years ago

    Re: Cleaning mpc

    Half a cup of vinegar, (I used brown vinegar just now cos that's all I could find) (does anyone know if that matters) plus half a cup of hot water will do the trick in about twenty minutes.

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