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Honestly, it's the combination of being a collector's item, and they were made very well, and it's quite likely that it's been refaced by a master refacer at that price which is worth a lot too. If you don't care about the collector's item part, you can get just as good a mouthpiece from a modern link copy, but if you want it just as good, expect to pay what ...


I don't think this is a big deal. I don't think that brushing/using mouthwash is necessary, just washing out your mouth to get the food out of your mouth should be enough. In fact, it's sometimes recommended to soak your reed in mouthwash if it starts to smell bad. As long as you aren't using a VERY sugary/basic substance, it should be fine.


My son plays saxophone and his band teacher is very careful about giving instructions for home practice. He hasn't said anything about risks coming from toothpaste or mouthwash. Also this sax forum stresses getting rid of the food particles but doesn't warn about damage from the cleaning substances: ...

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