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jhatpro
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:13 am    Post subject: Toothbrush Reply with quote

Save your horn - and your teeth. Keep a toothbrush in your case and use it before every gig or rehearsal. Walgreens has toothbrush cases for a couple of bucks.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why? Never done it in over half a century and that's on flutes, recorder, trumpet, saxes and French horn. No reason why you can't. Just wondering why one needs to, otherwise.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suits my schedule better. For example, I usually play four or five times a day not including rehearsals or gigs. I just prefer to make sure I'm not blowing oatmeal or salad remnants though my horn.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fairly sure Mr. Schilke had a toothbrush in a “holster” on his belt most of the time, FWIW.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a little travel toothbrush and toothpaste in every one of my many trumpet cases and another one in my mouthpiece pouch. Why would you want to blow dinner through your horn? Yuck. It's as important as valve oil, in my opinion.

I buy those little travel-size toothpastes in bulk and they are super cheap. I prefer the little toothbrushes that actually come apart into two pieces, as they are much sturdier than the ones that have a folding hinge in them.

Before playing, brush the teeth and oil the valves! Then hit those minty-fresh high notes!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, gee folks, what about a quick, thorough rinse?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I allways brush first then do a quick, thorough rinse with Jameson.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only use Monette toothbrushes.
After a long Safari, I can tell you they are the best. One for the legit and one for the lead playing.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Voltrane wrote:
I only use Monette toothbrushes.
After a long Safari, I can tell you they are the best. One for the legit and one for the lead playing.

Do you use synthetic toothpaste? Also, since my teeth are older should I use a heavier weight paste?

Seriously, there is nothing wrong with doing a quick cleaning before playing. To be thorough it should probably be done after taking a swig of a drink too. Blowing sugar through the horn you know.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was of course for the fun.
Seriously, I wash my teeth everytime I have eaten something before playing and I rinse my mouth everytime I have drunk something else than water before. Coffe or Jameson included. Seems obvious to me.
A long time ago I was playing in Community band and I could not believe that other trumpet players played directly, without any washing, after eating pizza, McDo or sandwiches.
One was playing a Committee, the other a Bach 43, the last one a Constellation...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Based on what I see on the piano at work, I've come to the conclusion that just because you don't see mud running out of the corners of your mouth, it doesn't mean that it's clean, and brushing before playing is the more likely path to a clean instrument, so I brush and often floss before I blow. If I don't feel like it, or I'm not going to have time to at least swab out the leadpipe because I have to leave in a couple of minutes, I have a $100 junker to play for that purpose.

I'm going to start making a registry based on responses to threads like this so I know who never to buy a horn from. :-)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've found that brushing using toothpaste with stannous fluoride greatly increases resonance and projection vs. paste with sodium fluoride. I've noticed that the tin also prevents leadpipe red rot.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

one should wait 30mn after eating to brush teeth, for the enamel is softer due to the specific composition of saliva during this time.
And fluor is not as good as one thinks


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer to use vintage toothbrushes and floss.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JoseLindE4 wrote:
I prefer to use vintage toothbrushes and floss.


Pre-war French floss is awesome.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make sure the toothpaste tube has a heavy cap.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hear Le Freque is developing a system for linking toothpaste cap to tube, resulting in a pure brushing experience.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Voltrane wrote:
It was of course for the fun.
Seriously, I wash my teeth everytime I have eaten something before playing and I rinse my mouth everytime I have drunk something else than water before. Coffe or Jameson included. Seems obvious to me.
A long time ago I was playing in Community band and I could not believe that other trumpet players played directly, without any washing, after eating pizza, McDo or sandwiches.
One was playing a Committee, the other a Bach 43, the last one a Constellation...


I've never done anything special when playing the horn in terms of oral hygiene. I would be right there with the guys with the Big Macs In 50 years of playing, I've never known it to be the cause of any problems with my gear. Of course, I also clean my mouthpieces and horns fairly regularly.....

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brad361 wrote:
Fairly sure Mr. Schilke had a toothbrush in a “holster” on his belt most of the time, FWIW.

Brad


I can vouch for that one. Toothbrush and mouthpiece "holsters". Another holster you didn't see as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a bamboo toothbrush- it has a ‘woodier’ tone quality.
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