Distinguished SOTW Member, Forum Contributor 2014
Wow--Had to read to page six before someone mentioned what I do: Thin clear over thick black. An overbite keeps teeth sharp, (especially bottom), I like the freedom from vibration, and the protecti0n for my pieces. I play fairly open bari pieces, and cut trough the thick black ones regardless of brand pretty quickly. I found when I overlay them with the clear they suddenly last FOREVER. And I see why some teachers want to get your mouth open further for tone production, even though I use a lot of mouthpiece, with large diameter pieces, I still like the raise of height. With SAT, probably one of whichever I have handy or the most of. Not really part of this discussion, I tried the Forestone patches, loved the feel, and the toughness, and the moveability (somehow no real adhesive), but like some, just could not get them to stay where I put them, no matter what I tried. If you sound a secret, please PM me.Yes, for comfort and stability... I've used them since I was in 6th grade on clarinet. Plus I prefer not to scratch the crap out of the beak. I use the thin clear Bay patches because I bite through the black ticker patches from any other brands. If I need the thickness of a black patch, I'll stack a clear one on top of a black... same firmness but no biting through. I did that more on clarinet because of the angle of the mouthpiece and my overbite, but on saxes, just the clear patch alone is plenty for me.