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Precision Mouthpiece Restoration or Refurbishment?

Precision Mouthpiece Restoration;

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-Older, antique or frequently used mouthpieces have often been damaged over the years but don't worry, we can turn back the clock!

-Worn or heavily damaged shanks can often be saved by careful reshaping, however sometimes it is necessary to machine a new shank sleeve which is a copy in size and taper to the original as close as possible and soldered in place. (Shown right)

-An impression is taken of the rim contour/profile and is closely used throughout the repair process where precise hand cutting of the rims takes place.

Using the impression ensures the original rim shape does not change.

Some mouthpiece repairs often only involve sanding or buffing the rims which often results in a change in dimension and contour.

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-Minimal sanding and buffing to the outside shape of the mouthpiece to prevent excessive material removal

Some deeper dents may remain on the outer surface however are less noticeable after plating and all attempts are made to remove them within reason.

-Shown right; A thick fresh coat of Silver plate is applied to bring the mouthpieces back to a confortable and durable condition.

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-Perfect condition rims, accurate to their original form.

Now in comfortable playing condition for many more years of use.

Shown left: Gold Plated rim.

Partially scratched "Frosty" / high-polish finishes available on request!

-Get in touch today to discuss restoring your mouthpiece

Mouthpiece Refurbishment;

-If your mouthpiece is in good condition, or you only want to protect your lips from the bare brass surface of a worn mouthpiece, a refurbishment is a good choice at a lower cost.

-Minor scratches and damage are lightly removed only to prepare the surface for the electroplating process.

-Imperfections will remain however the surface will be coated in a thick durable silver plate which is ideal for those who react badly to raw brass but don't want to fully restore the mouthpiece. (Silver/Gold plating available although Gold plating is only reccomended with a Precision Mouthpiece Restoration due to the higher costs for Gold plating)

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