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I bought a really good playing (for me, of course) LD Dukoff tenor mpc. :cool: A much used but not abused piece except for the bite plate. :shock:

The problem is that long ago the original bite plate went away and was replaced with all sorts of "materials" topped with a standard rubber tooth guard type pad. :( Hey .. it plays and plays the way I like it ....

What is the and proper method and materials to replace the bite plate? This piece is gonna be around with me for a while. :D

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In 2003 I wrote to Berg Larsen:

"I am a major woodwind instrument repair specialist in New Zealand.

Periodically I am asked to replace the insert in stainless steel mouthpieces. In the past I have improvised in various ways - black epoxy, shaped and glued ABS plastic, etc.

I am conscious of the time, hence expense, it takes to improvise, and wonder if you have correctly shaped replacement inserts available.

If so, could you please let me know about sizes, availability, price, etc, and recommended bonding agent."

The reply was:

"We do make this inserts, which are mainly for our mouthpiece production. It is very time consuming operation, which is done by hand, for tenors, altos and baritone mouthpieces.....We did supply them to our major distributors in the past, for the same reason as yours, and charge ...... plus the mailing costs. The glue we use is LOCTITE 302, which is for metal and plastic to go together......They are shaped to fit the angles of the insert area, and have to be finished thereafter on the sides as well as at the surface to be levelled."

BTW, I made the epoxy black by mixing in some black paint pigment powder, availalble form paint merchants or hardware stores. My investigations led me to believe that epoxy is harmless after it is fully cured.
 

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Gordon,

You may want to try the #632C hammer cover from Kraus. This is 1/32" thick and is in a sheet 6"X12" I have done 2 mpes with it and works well.
You have to bevel the edges and cut to fit. Also works well on your dent hammers (non marring) and tuff stuff.

Take care,
Carl
 

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Good suggestion.

However:

Some players may not like the bright red colour.

Some players may/may not like the soft, elastomeric nature of it.

My sheet, at 0.9 mm thick, may not be thick enough to fill the groove of some mouthpieces.
 
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