There was no "Whatever" option on the poll....I used tham when I started playing again after many years but I think I was biting way too hard. After a few rounds of patches I just kind of gave up on them. I guess I could take them or leave them.
Usually no. I don't really rest my upper teeth on the mouthpiece that much. The only exception is my metal Goldbeck for alto. It has no tooth plate. It's just solid metal so I use a patch to avoid the vibration on my upper teeth.
Yes, as said above, it's a win-win. I don't bite hard, but one of my teeth has a rough surface, apparently, causing scratches even with light pressure.
I actually find that the thinner clear patches (3Ms) last longer than the thick black ones. In my experience, the thicker patches just give your teeth more to dig into and you wind up with divots potentially exposing the mouthpiece that much sooner. The transparent 3Ms are great and last a long time.
Yes for most of the already-stated reasons. I like the hard, thin plastic ones (Vandoren) best, as long as they have a slightly tacky feel or grip. Feels secure and protects the mouthpiece.
Used to use rubber ones (BG, Runyon), but ground through those in a few weeks. Sometimes I combine a thin rubber one with a thin plastic one on top of that. Depends on the piece what I use to get the right feel (general size, then also the size and shape of the particular design). I have a Ponzol Classic (HR) that just feels better with a this combination (a thicker patch combination instead of just the thin plastic one alone). I have not tried any thicker hard plastic patches, but if they're slippery I won't like them.
Yes - thick rubber. Originally I did this to protect the mouthpiece and keep my teeth from vibrating. Then I started notching a little indent near the "bore end" of the patch where I normally want my teeth to be. At one point, this was very helpful in assuring that I took in enough mouthpiece. Now it's a habit.
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