the gift that keeps on giving

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Posted by Kenneth Sloan on December 25, 2001 at 17:34:49:

While wrapping presents last night, I took a moment to check the new mouthpiece that Santa brought one of my sons (the trombone player). And a good thing it was, too!

The mouthpiece came complete with slime left over from a previous user, and rather obvious markings on the shank indicating previous use.

It cleaned up OK - but one of our favorite mail order houses (which shall go nameless, as my Christmas present to them) has dropped several notches on my list.

My questions are: is this common? Are my standards too high? Is it really so hard to clean a mouthpiece when restocking?

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