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 Post subject: Unfinished mouthpiece
PostPosted: 17.11.2011, 17:30 
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I think I already know the answer, but I'll ask anyway....

I have a mago and a mandapul that seem to have unfinished mouthpieces. By this, I mean that the opening is small and irregular and jagged. It seems strange that a stick would be nicely finished elsewhere, yet the mouthpiece would be left so raw.

I conclude that the mouthpiece is unfinished so that it can opened and modified to suit individual taste of the owner. Is this assumption correct?

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 Post subject: Re: Unfinished mouthpiece
PostPosted: 17.11.2011, 17:52 
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Hey Harry,

I think that sometimes if they can play them as is, they leave them that way!

At the end of the day if you're not happy with it then you can modify it, although if you like the way the stick plays at the moment then I wouldn't advise changing the mouthpiece too much. Most of the time it will improve playability but there can be adverse consequences as well especially with backpressure and tootability if the mouthpiece is enlarged too much.

You could always pop some sugarbag on the troublesome areas as I've done on some of my sticks - not a complete mouthpiece but just a bit to fill a jagged hole if you know what I mean.

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 Post subject: Re: Unfinished mouthpiece
PostPosted: 18.11.2011, 14:13 
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Maybe rather than "unfinished", your wax mouthpieces have been damaged, either by a previous player who wanted to "open it up" by removing parts of it, or during transportation ?
Wax mouthpieces can be easily deformed... that is both an advantage and a disadvantage :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Unfinished mouthpiece
PostPosted: 19.11.2011, 17:09 
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These instruments do not have any wax.

Well... I modified one mouthpiece. I'm glad that I did, it made a big difference in how it played. :D Maybe I'll post some photos....

I have a new mago, now I gotta decide whether or not to modify this one...

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 Post subject: Re: Unfinished mouthpiece
PostPosted: 19.11.2011, 23:06 
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Hey Harry,

I'd put a little sugarbag on that mago if the jaggedness is bothering you. I found it easier to play it when held in a certain position so see if that makes a difference before adding any wax.

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 Post subject: Re: Unfinished mouthpiece
PostPosted: 20.11.2011, 22:08 
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If the mouthpiece is large enough, I'd do as Kyle said. If the mouthpiece is smaller than 30mm on my magos, I usually just take out the edges with a fine rasp and sand it smooth without altering the shape of the mouthpiece itself.
I've seen many instruments in Arnhemland that have been worked on later on to make them suit the player's needs, and the ones that are used for a longer period often have really smooth mouthpieces


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