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Hey all,
I'm sure I can't be the only one who has this problem. I burn through patches at within a few days, and I've tried all the brands available in Melbourne. It's getting to the point where I'm going to spend more money on patches then my mouthpiece. I tried electrical tape, which was much cheaper, but didn't totally protect my mouthpiece. Does anybody know of a way to make homemade patches that work, or a type of patch that will last?

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Phil
 

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I burn through patches at within a few days,

Are you saying that you put on a new patch and within days your teeth have cut through and are on the actual mouthpiece?

that doesnt sound good.

You must be biting way too hard. you need to fix that.

Or............. you are using the wrong patches. Try the vandoren versions. I like those best.

Or.............. the two teeth that rest on the bite plate of the mouthpiece are VERY sharp. you may consider having a chat with your dentist to possibly file way some of the sharpness.
 

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I have made my own with a CS Hyde tape 1” wide black UHMW tape 1mm thick ( this product is discontinued but they have similar things).

https://www.cshyde.com/index.html

It is almost indistructible, I bought a few yards years ago gave several pieces away to friend s and still have some. One patch easily lasts 6 months to a year.

look here

https://catalog.cshyde.com/keyword/...word=uhmw tape&key=product&SchType=2&filter=1

I think this is the equivalent of what I had (check the specs)

https://catalog.cshyde.com/item/all...t-rubber-adhesive/anti-stat-uhmw-19-10blk-1-5
 

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1. Teeth with saw edges can cut merely via the normal vibration of playing.

2. Hard clear patch over soft rubber patch works for me.
 

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I can relate having sharp top front teeth. I have had my dentist "dull" them as much as possible, but they still cut through the thick patches. Another option is the one that I have settled on is to only use a patch when auditioning a new mouthpiece to buy to avoid teeth marks so it can be returned. On mouthpieces that are "keepers" I just let my teeth do their thing over time. On the mouthpieces I play regularly this creates indentations that are an exact match to my teeth at the optimum location on the mouthpiece. When I put the mouthpiece in my mouth it "locks in place" and my tone production is more consistent when I am not making "teeth tracks" up and down the beak. If I should ever want to sell the mouthpiece I have the materials and skill to fill, sand, and buff the indentations so it looks new again. The product I have is Ferree's G20 Jet Magic.
 

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I have made my own with a CS Hyde tape 1” wide black UHMW tape 1mm thick ( this product is discontinued but they have similar things).

https://www.cshyde.com/index.html

It is almost indistructible, I bought a few yards years ago gave several pieces away to friend s and still have some. One patch easily lasts 6 months to a year.

look here

https://catalog.cshyde.com/keyword/...word=uhmw tape&key=product&SchType=2&filter=1

I think this is the equivalent of what I had (check the specs)

https://catalog.cshyde.com/item/all...t-rubber-adhesive/anti-stat-uhmw-19-10blk-1-5
I found something similar to that at my the hardware store. So far it seems to be holding up, and seems near indestructible. Thanks everyone for your help,
 

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I found something similar to that at my the hardware store. So far it seems to be holding up, and seems near indestructible. Thanks everyone for your help,
cheers, I was helped here on SOTW too to find the CS HYDE product and I am forever in debt to Sactopete for this
 

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Thanks Steve for the post of the sheets of the clear patch material. I usually order them from Runyon directly, but they haven't been responding to emails and the voicemail box is full. I usually do a clear patch over a black one on tenor which solves the biting through problem and I usually get 6 months to a year out of that configuration before the glue starts to fail on the black patch and it starts sliding off of the mouthpiece. Other brands have glue failure much more quickly in my experience, so there must be something to the 3M stuff. Anyone know of a rubber material with the same thickness of the Runyon black pads and 3M adhesive? Is the CS Hyde stuff the same thickness as the Runyon stuff? I'd love to buy a sheet of the clear and a sheet of the black and be done with it! Thanks!
 

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I used to use the 3m patches that I think were rebranded by runyon. I have since switched to the Vandoren patches that are about the same thickness and haven't gone through a single one in the last 3 months. They are noticeably tougher but feel basically the same in the mouth. Same price as the runyon ones too but you have to buy 6 at a time.
 

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I have a Kaspar clarinet mouthpiece with a piece of tire inner tube that was cemented on before television existed. Still shows no sign of wear.
 

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Don't use personally but saw a video with a really fine player and he uses Gorilla tape with great results.
 
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