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Hey,
Im wondering if metal mouthpieces can be refaced or repaired?
Also, Ive heard of lots of mouthpieces being opened up but can you ever make the tip opening of a mouthpiece smaller?
 

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Yes to both questions.

Might wanna send a PM to EZ or MOJO, they'll sort ya out!
 

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Demolisher_2000 said:
Hey, Im wondering if metal mouthpieces can be refaced or repaired? Also, Ive heard of lots of mouthpieces being opened up but can you ever make the tip opening of a mouthpiece smaller?
Yes on both counts. If it's a stainless steel piece, it's extremely time consuming (thus expensive) to go much more than .005" on a tip opening adjustment (either more open or more closed).

Closing down the piece involves working the table, so one of the caveats is that if you have a specific ligature you like to use with a piece, the ligature may fit more loosely once the piece has been closed down. Something to consider with a ligature like a Vandoren Optimum or Francois Louis where they are not adjustable across a wide range of pieces (though slightly accomodating).

Of course, starting with a piece that is of similar design but a smaller facing can usually get you there as well.
 

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John Reilly did a metal beechler 7 for me and it's a screamer. I saw him actually using a hammer to hit the beak a few times, but afterwards.. whooo wheee it's a screamer man.

-Nathan
 

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Demolisher_2000 said:
Thanks guys,
What about a selmer metal piece? I assume its brass with silver plate.
You are correct, sir. Very workable! And very sweet on alto, those pieces are. I don't do replating, so the brass is exposed when I am finished with a plated piece, but there are sources that can replate pieces that have been worked. I've never had it done - I just know they are out there.
 
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