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    Yes, you read that correctly. I did a review of a mouthpiece patch. I never thought I would. What would I write about? But I really love these patches so review them I did........
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    You win...those are cool.

    Btw. Wedge distribution is run by Theo's brother Tom. Great guy.

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    Thanks for the tip Steve - I ordered one set of each black and clear.

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    And I just ordered two packs of each.

    Seems like a decent price, even if they only work as good as the sticky kind - and I got free shipping (which on these is likely an envelope and a stamp, but I appreciate it).

    Thank you, Steve.
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    Forestone wrote to you: "It is a different longer lasting special foil with an adhesive surface texture (a bit like those handy display foils)."

    Why do they use the word "foil"? What are these patches made of? Are they really significantly more bite-resistant than the similar black mouthpiece patches from BG or Vandoren?

    I don't care about the adhesive issue, because I don't move patches from one mouthpiece to another, except in an emergency. But I do care about bite resistance, since I tend to get deep bite marks on my patches after a month or two. If the Forestone patches are stronger, that could be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigmund451 View Post
    Btw. Wedge distribution is run by Theo's brother Tom. Great guy.

    I don't think that is a secret....
    Nope, no secret - Tom's name popped up in the "Thank You for Your Order" note that I just received.

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    Forestone wrote to you: "It is a different longer lasting special foil with an adhesive surface texture (a bit like those handy display foils)."

    Why do they use the word "foil"? What are these patches made of? Are they really significantly more bite-resistant than the similar black mouthpiece patches from BG or Vandoren?

    I don't care about the adhesive issue, because I don't move patches from one mouthpiece to another, except in an emergency. But I do care about bite resistance, since I tend to get deep bite marks on my patches after a month or two. If the Forestone patches are stronger, that could be helpful.
    Why "foils"? It's industry jargon.

    I hear ya regarding the bite resistance. On the other hand, I don't want a patch that is so hard, that my teeth slide on it. I, too, get deep bite marks on my Charles Bay tooth patches, but my mouthpieces show no damage, even after years of use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LostConn View Post
    Forestone wrote to you: "It is a different longer lasting special foil with an adhesive surface texture (a bit like those handy display foils)."

    Why do they use the word "foil"? What are these patches made of? Are they really significantly more bite-resistant than the similar black mouthpiece patches from BG or Vandoren?

    I don't care about the adhesive issue, because I don't move patches from one mouthpiece to another, except in an emergency. But I do care about bite resistance, since I tend to get deep bite marks on my patches after a month or two. If the Forestone patches are stronger, that could be helpful.
    The email was from Germany so I assumed they use different words that mean different things over there. I can't speak about if the material is harder or not. I use to bite through patches when I was younger but havn't bit through one since I switched to the 3M patches years ago. I haven't put a mark in any of these either but maybe you play with more pressure or your teeth are sharper so I don't know. Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr G View Post
    I hear ya regarding the bite resistance. On the other hand, I don't want a patch that is so hard, that my teeth slide on it. I, too, get deep bite marks on my Charles Bay tooth patches, but my mouthpieces show no damage, even after years of use.
    I have never bitten all the way through a patch to impact the mouthpiece itself. But a deep toothmark on a patch starts to interfere with my embouchure placement, because the tendency is to fall into the rut, literally. Sometimes I don't want to put my teeth exactly where they were last time, and I also get used to a uniform degree of patch thickness. So a little extra surface resistance would be welcome -- Mohs 5, maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr G View Post
    And I just ordered two packs of each.

    Seems like a decent price, even if they only work as good as the sticky kind - and I got free shipping (which on these is likely an envelope and a stamp, but I appreciate it).

    Thank you, Steve.
    This is my thinking as well - I was expecting them to be twice the price of the other good quality patches (BG, Vandoren, Yamaha, etc.) but they are very competitively priced. I don't bite through them so they last for years making durability no issue for me. I figured having some patches around that can be moved easily from piece to piece might come in handy when trying out mouthpieces.

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    Steve, thanks for this review; I'm glad you decided to do it. I think comfort is a huge factor with a mpc. So if a mpc patch improves the comfort level even a little bit, that's a big plus. I've been using the 3M clear plastic patches for years and they work very well. Still, I think I'll try these Forestone patches; from your description it sounds like they may provide a bit nicer 'cushion.' I've never bitten through a patch and only end up with a very slight depression where my teeth rest after many months of playing, so that's not an issue for me, but any increase in comfort would be very welcome.

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    Oops - price just jumped a couple of bucks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Safesax View Post
    Oops - price just jumped a couple of bucks...
    I just ordered a packet of 6 for $9.95 with free shipping. Can't beat that!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Safesax View Post
    Oops - price just jumped a couple of bucks...
    A 43 percent price increase in only four hours. That's patch gouging!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL View Post
    I just ordered a packet of 6 for $9.95 with free shipping. Can't beat that!!
    You could have if you had ordered when the price was $6.95.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LostConn View Post
    You could have if you had ordered when the price was $6.95.
    LOL, yeah I guess so... Anyway, I'm not going to lose any sleep over 3 bucks.

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    I've been using the 3M Runyon patches for years also. But my local shop charges an arm and a leg for them considering what they are.. I'm lucky enough that I stopped biting through them so I'll get a good year out of one of them before the adhesive starts to peel.

    Works out to about $2.50 for 9-12 months. I bought a 2 pack about 6 months ago and there's just a slight indent in the one I've been using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Safesax View Post
    Oops - price just jumped a couple of bucks...
    Whoops! They were on sale. Perhaps someone saw an unexplained run on therm and thought it was time to end the sale...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlewailer View Post
    I've been using the 3M Runyon patches for years also. But my local shop charges an arm and a leg for them considering what they are..
    Same here. I think I've paid close to $6 for a pair of 3M patches. Never bothered me because I get at least a couple of years out of one (and even then it's not worn through, I just like to put a fresh one on by that time).

    So $9.95 for 6 of the Forestone patches amounts to a bit over $1.50 each. I think I can just about manage that on my budget. Especially if they are superior to the 3M patches, as Steve feels they are. Not much of a risk for a pretty nice return (comfort). I'm not at all bothered that I missed out on the sale price. Life is too short.

    Just to put this in perspective, consider what you pay for a cappucino and a scone at the local coffee shop...

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    Read some time back about Phil Woods presenting a mouthpiece he'd had for years.
    Without a patch yet free of any teeth marks.
    When my last patch gave up the ghost (the adhesive went first) decided I'd live without one for a while.
    A year later and my patch-free mouthpiece is still showing no teeth marks.

    cheers, Mark.

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    Any of you old timers remember the 60's when we used bicycle tire patches on our mouthpieces before commercial patches were available?

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