Mouthpiece CleaningMouthpiece Cleaning

If food or sediment/silt of any kind collects inside the mouthpiece the throat and backbore may gradually become "congested", causing the airway to narrow, which can interfere with the response, tone quality and intonation of the instrument.

As Vincent Bach said:
"..choosing the perfect mouthpiece is often more difficult than choosing the perfect instrument."

So if you have managed to acquire the perfect mouthpiece, care and cleaning will prolong its life and help achieve a more powerful and a clearer sound.

Regular (weekly-ish) mouthpiece care - depending on how much you play
  1. Always remove the mouthpiece from the instrument after playing
  2. Shake it fairly vigorously to remove most of the moisture
  3. Use a dry, preferably lint-free cloth (microfibre cloths are very good for this) will eradicate the rest.
  4. For a slightly more thorough clean, products specifically made to disinfect mouthpieces (AWM Steri-Spray Mouthpiece Disinfectant) can be used, but not as a substitute for "deep cleaning", and the mouthpiece will still need to be rinsed after use.
  5. Wipe the mouthpiece with a warm, soapy cloth (washing-up liquid, any mild soap will do. Do not use bleach or strong detergents)
Monthly cleaning, or when the mouthpiece begins to feel as if it is not blowing freely
  1. The inside of the mouthpiece is best cleaned using a mouthpiece brush such as the Superslick - which will loosen any "crud" but is not abrasive.
  2. Rinse the mouthpiece again with clean water to get rid of the debris and the cleaning fluid.
  3. Dry using a cloth as before and leave it for a while before putting away, so that it is completely dry before you put it back in the case.
  4. If the silver (or gold) plating on the mouthpiece has worn off, the mouthpiece should either be refinished or discarded as exposure to raw brass is not a good idea, especially for the lips and mouth - it can lead to an allergic reaction or poisioning.
Mouthpiece Cleaning
REKA Mouthpiece Disinfectant SprayREKA Mouthpiece Disinfectant Spray

Made in Germany, a convenient and effective mouthpiece steriliser. This product contains active ingredients to thoroughly de-germ any mouthpiece. Mouthpieces must be rinsed after disinfection with this spray.

Note: aerosol sprays cannot be sent via airmail; they can only be shipped within the UK.

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REKA Recorder Head Air Channel CleanerREKA Recorder Head Air Channel Cleaner

The Reka recorder head air channel cleaner is made from very absorbant material, and designed to fit through the tip of the mouthpiece - a notoriously difficult area to clean - without damaging the air channel.

Superslick Clarinet and Saxophone Mouthpiece BrushSuperslick Clarinet and Saxophone Mouthpiece Brush

For clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces.


Opti-care Saxophone Mouthpiece CleanerOpti-care Saxophone Mouthpiece Cleaner

The Opti-Care Saxophone mouthpiece cleaner helps absorb moisture from the mouthpiece while not in use, keeping it clean.


Opti-care Clarinet Mouthpiece CleanerOpti-care Clarinet Mouthpiece Cleaner

The Opti-Care Clarinet Mouthpiece Cleaner absorbs moisture from the mouthpiece while not in use, helping to prolong mouthpiece life, and helping to keep the mouthpiece free of grunge...

Brass Small Bore Mouthpiece brush - Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, French HornBrass Small Bore Mouthpiece brush - Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, French Horn

Mouthpiece brush for brass instrument mouthpieces - apply to both ends of the brass mouthpiece.

Brass large bore Mouthpiece brush - Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Baritone HornBrass large bore Mouthpiece brush - Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Baritone Horn

Mouthpiece brush for brass instrument mouthpieces - apply to both ends of the brass mouthpiece.

Superslick Brass Mouthpiece Brush for All Brass MouthpiecesSuperslick Brass Mouthpiece Brush for All Brass Mouthpieces
Superslick Brass Mouthpiece Brush for All Brass Mouthpieces - Click to
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For all brass mouthpieces mouthpieces.

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