Should we have moist lips on the mouthpiece?

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  1. nieuwguyski

    nieuwguyski Forte User

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    I play wet, and play lots of shows in hot and sweaty clubs. If I *had* to play dry, I don't know what I'd do in those situations.
     
  2. JNINWI

    JNINWI Piano User

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    Wet, Dry, Lubed up, not lubed up. Listen to and HEAR your chops, only they can tell you
    what works for YOU….. :cool:
     
  3. Gordon H.

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    Funny - yes, I just lick the rim not a striaght up and down the old horn. No theatrics really. I keep it clean, but I don't go hyper-hygiene. I generally don't let it touch the floor. ;) No I don't share mpcs, and no I don't gets lots of colds. It really makes people cross their eyes when I play on their mouthpiece(after a good alcohol swab) so I try and just lick my lips then so they won't freak out.

    Take care man - thanks for looking out for us wets.
    Gordon
     
  4. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

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    I prefer a bit of moisture. I used to play as dry as I could, but after working to reduce pressure, I prefer to just lick my my lips before playing. So moist, but not wet, if that makes any sense. I liked dry when I used more pressure.
     
  5. JNINWI

    JNINWI Piano User

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    I do not play other people’s equipment, ( Hurl !! ) and never hand my horn to someone else to play..
    Just ask any brass tech what the inside of some horns look like that come in for an acid bath, Nasty !!
     
  6. Ed Lee

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    As I acquire pre-owned instruments and mouthpieces, my first action is to send them off to a competent tech for ultra-sound / chem bath (plus suggested other repairs) and my mouthpieces go off for refurb and replating. My basic rationale for this is: If I wouldn't play it myself, I wouldn't expect a subsequent buyer to play it. My own mouthpieces are kept in sealed containers with an alchohol based mouthwash ... not in the case ... and the same for those in my inventory. Certainly this is added costs, which I cannot afford to give away but I value my health as well as the health of others to whom I sell and instrument or mouthpiece, the latter as also preserves my reputation.
     
  7. Gordon H.

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    Sorry, didn't mean to throw us off topic. Hey. I used to chem clean horns for a shop, so I know what's in there. I wasn't planning on licking the inside.
    : )
     
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  8. Ed Lee

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    Just a Dawn bath and use of a snake brush on many instruments can reveal enough to now gross me out . Encountered such just recently on a school trumpet just issued to one of my students in August, and I'd also swear it had prior been played by a smoker (I should know as I once smoked) and I am certain this young boy doesn't.

    Too, I think it is understood by most that when we refer to "wet" we only mean "moist" as otherwise we'd be blowing fluid into our instruments.
     
  9. BigDub

    BigDub Fortissimo User

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    I would like to officially thank you for bringing this whole topic up. Now I'm so conscious whether my lips are wet? moist? how wet? how moist? dry with a touch of moisture? humid, arid, relatively humid or arid? NOW I am so preoccupied with the wetness of my lips, I forget to ignore it like I used to!!!! THANKS LOTS!;-)
     
  10. bumblebee

    bumblebee Fortissimo User

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    Hey, today's XKCD cartoon has a similar theme!

    November is tongue-awareness month
    [​IMG]

    --bumblebee
     

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