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Saxophone/Meyer Mouthpiece Discoloration


So recently I bought my first metal mouthpiece, a Meyer 9J. I like the mouthpiece but I've noticed that there is a discoloration near the tip of the mouthpiece and in the baffle of it. I've cleaned it with warm water after every time I play it. Is this normal and is there any way that I could clean it?


Thank you for asking your question about the Meyer mouthpiece that you have.

Mouthpiece discoloration is normal on metal mouthpieces. I have played on a Meyer as well and used cold water and toothpaste to keep my clean. It still seems to find a way to show dark spots but I continue anyway. The worst metal mouthpiece that I have found to discolor is the Bobby Dukoff which is made of a softer metal.

Even gold plated metal mouthpiece like the Otto Link will have discoloration at some point.

My best advise would be to not use hot water and possibly use a gel toothpaste to help clean yours.

I hope this helps to answer your question.


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Gwen Shroyer


I am interested in networking with other saxophone players of all levels of experience and answering questions about varied techniques and methods of training, specific brands and models made, mouthpieces, reeds, and various other questions about performance.


I have been playing sax since 1977 where as a student of the clarinet I wanted to play the instrument of my Jazz heroes. I studied under Berklee College of Music renowned Jazz theorist Andrew Jaffe and I have a degree in Music Business from Berklee. I have traveled and performed in several countries mostly in Europe and North America. As an instructor, I have taught students from beginning through college/professional performance ability. I previously owned The Horn Doctor, a band instrument repair shop. Since 1998, I have been playing alto and tenor sax with the Dexter Thomas Band which is an 11-piece horn-band playing hits from the 60's, 70's and 80's. I play saxophone in the worship and praise band at my local church as well.

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