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Postby Cobra1502 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:53 am

A few weeks ago I asked for ideas for a mouthpiece case. There are lots of pre made cases for 1 to 3 mouthpieces but I only could find 1 for more than that. However it was very expensive. I purchased a case (Nanuk 905) with foam that had a pre cut grid of foam. I laid out a pattern that would accommodate 6 to 8 mouthpieces. Then removed a very small 2x2 piece of foam for each mouthpiece. This is considerably smaller than the mouthpiece. I then pushed the mouthpiece into the centre of the 2x2 grid and twisted it as it went in. This created a nice little pocket for the mouthpiece. Total time 15 minutes.

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Re: Made a Mouthpiece Case

Postby bloke » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:07 am

I've made some pads for shoulder-mount tubas, and took care to isolate the foam rubber in the pads from the silver plating on the instruments.
Let us know if you experience any reaction.

https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-94-011-5848-0_4 wrote:230LatexfoamrubberAtypicalprocessofthistypeisoneinwhichareaddedtothelatex,substancessuch as sodium carbonate,ammoniumcarbonateorsodium :arrow: polysulphide,which generate gases by interaction with an acid which is subsequently added to achieve coagulation of the rubber particles.
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Re: Made a Mouthpiece Case

Postby rodgeman » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:09 am

Very nice and practical.
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Re: Made a Mouthpiece Case

Postby timothy42b » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:45 am

I made a case that held recorders from tenor to garklein.

(Never had a gig on garklein, can't imagine why. People are just not music lovers.)

Anyway, I did it by laminating the foam. Multiple layers fit into a briefcase, $3 from a thrift shop. Then each layer has a different size hole carefully cut to give a 3D empty space when they're stacked.

I didn't do the same for mouthpieces because I only use 1. Once you know what works, you're done.
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Re: Made a Mouthpiece Case

Postby circusboy » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:55 pm

bloke wrote:I've made some pads for shoulder-mount tubas, and took care to isolate the foam rubber in the pads from the silver plating on the instruments.
Let us know if you experience any reaction.

https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-94-011-5848-0_4 wrote:230LatexfoamrubberAtypicalprocessofthistypeisoneinwhichareaddedtothelatex,substancessuch as sodium carbonate,ammoniumcarbonateorsodium :arrow: polysulphide,which generate gases by interaction with an acid which is subsequently added to achieve coagulation of the rubber particles.


These cases and their close cousins made by Pelican are created to protect sensitive/fragile/precious things like surveyors' equipment, photographic equipment and firearms. I can't imagine that they'd use foam that would interfere with any type of metal plating without some sort of warning label. If it's just silver that interacts, that shouldn't be an issue with mouthpieces, which are "German silver," which is nickel, yes?

If this is a real problem, I'll need to take my Hasselblad out of my Pelican!

Oh! and to the OP: nice job!
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Re: Made a Mouthpiece Case

Postby bloke » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:11 pm

Mouthpieces, typically are (actual) silver plated. The silver plating contain a small amount of antimony or other things in it, but mostly all silver.

So-called "nickel silver" is actually an alloy of brass (copper and zinc) with a significant percentage of nickel added. This is the material that is nickel colored which can be seen on (lacquered or unfinished) instruments...often: slide tubing. Conn-Selmer (et al) fabricate entire French horns of this material (Conn model 8D, Holton model 179, etc.) "Nickel silver" aka "nickel brass" cannot be plated on to other metals, and only appears as a base metal.

I have an inside/outside Naugahyde system (as seen) for the shoulder pad on this instrument to prevent the foam rubber padding from coming in contact with the silver plating on this instrument. The silver is certainly tarnished (as the entire instrument needs polishing) but the silver plating adjacent-to-and-underneath this pad is not etched.

:arrow: As far as multiple tuba mouthpiece cases are concerned...
Somewhere, I have a fleece-lined cordura nylon case that holds four tuba mouthpieces - "Cavallaro" brand.
Two (why? :shock: ), three, or even four of these things would fit in the zipper pocket of a tuba gig bag.
Is "Cavallaro" still in business?
Google tells me that "Horn Guys" carried them in the past.

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Re: Made a Mouthpiece Case

Postby MaryAnn » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:35 pm

timothy42b wrote:(Never had a gig on garklein, can't imagine why. People are just not music lovers.)
I didn't do the same for mouthpieces because I only use 1. Once you know what works, you're done.


Tim, you're a riot and a practical one too.
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Re: Made a Mouthpiece Case

Postby Cobra1502 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:37 pm

The material is like a open pore soft foam vs rubber. I have used the same cases for silver covered guns without issue. But I will monitor. Just in case.
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Re: Made a Mouthpiece Case

Postby bloke » Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:47 pm

Cobra1502 wrote:The material is like a open pore soft foam vs rubber. I have used the same cases for silver covered guns without issue. But I will monitor. Just in case.


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Re: Made a Mouthpiece Case

Postby dgpretzel » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:27 pm

timothy42b wrote:(Never had a gig on garklein, can't imagine why. People are just not music lovers.)


You don't hear of too many piccolo gigs either. :)

Good idea on the recorder case, though. Recently, Ive been contemplating the same thing. But, maybe make two... one for bass and great bass, and another for garklein through tenor.

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