Mouthpiece discoloration

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  1. jsmiley89

    jsmiley89 New Friend

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    Hi all- for the last couple of years every mouthpiece I've had (silver plated Bach and Schilke's) tarnishes on the inside of the cup after about a month of playing. I use the word 'tarnish' loosely- it turns all kinds of colors- yellow, then red, then blues and purples. I've only heard of one or two other people experiencing this- my best guess is that it has something to do with the acidity of my saliva, but as I said this is a guess.

    Anyone know what is going on with this process??
    Here's a link to what this thing looks like now:
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  2. SteveRicks

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    Is it a mood mouthpiece like a mood ring -changes colors depending on how you feel? Just joking (hey there might be a market there however). Sounds like characteristics of your saliva. Gold plating is a little more expensive, but might solve the problem.
     
  3. trickg

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    I guess the real question is whether or not it affects your playing. If it doesn't mess anything up, who cares?
     
  4. AKtrumpet

    AKtrumpet Piano User

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    I'm pretty curious on the subject as well. A friend of mine has a GOLD mouthpiece that has become purple within the cup exactly the same as yours.

    Any ideas?
     
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  5. jsmiley89

    jsmiley89 New Friend

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    Woah- I was thinking the same thing as SteveRicks on this one- thought gold plating might not discolor like that. That's crazy!

    And no, it definitely doesn't affect my playing- it's actually kinda cool to show off! -I was just wondering what exactly causes it!
     
  6. tpsiebs

    tpsiebs Piano User

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    It will certainly keep other people from wanting to play on your mouthpiece!!
     
  7. tobylou8

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    It looks the way metal does when it has gotten too hot from grinding. Maybe your blowing too hard! ;-) Unless it tastes funny (metallic) I wouldn't worry about it. Maybe more fruit and less meat would fix it.
     
  8. keehun

    keehun Piano User

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    I think it's part of the tarnishing process, in some wicked way.

    I polished mine up with a polish and it all went away...

    Do you use that mouthpiece on a daily basis? Mouth pieces that I use daily never get discolored...
     
  9. SteveRicks

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    If it is occurring with silver, I doubt gold would have the same reaction. Try a little silver polish (yes, it removes a thin layer of silver but so what). Then see how it looks.
     
  10. ColinWhite

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    Huh, I get the same thing with my mouthpieces, but I wash mine out every day after I practice so I'm able to avoid a lot of the discoloration. I've never had a clue what does it.
     

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