Forestone Saxophone Mouthpiece Patch Review

I have to admit, that I never thought I would do a review of a saxophone mouthpiece patch.  What on earth would I write about?  It sticks on the mouthpiece. Check!  It protects the mouthpiece from my teeth. Check!   That’s about it.  I’ve actually been asked if I could review some patches by various manufacturers in the past and I have declined for this very reason.  What on earth would I write a review about? A patch is a patch, right?

Last year, Forestone sent me some synthetic reeds to check out which I reviewed here on the site.  Along with the reeds, they sent some samples of new mouthpieces patches that they were making.  I wasn’t really interested in reviewing a mouthpiece patch but as long as they were sending some free samples I might as well try them. The email I received about them described the patches like this:

“By the way, we are also bringing out a new biteplate, which is actually really a new product. It is a different longer lasting special foil with an adhesive surface texture (a bit like those handy display foils). So it has no glue and is reattachable. Would that be interesting for you?”

This description caught my attention because this seemed to be something new.  To be honest, with the number of mouthpieces I review the idea of a patch I could easily peel off and back on another mouthpiece really caught my attention.

Forestone Mouthpiece Patches

I started using the patches on all my sax mouthpieces and like the email described, I could peel them off a mouthpiece and then attach them to a new mouthpiece easily.  Forestone had sent me two packs to try which is twelve patches total.  The patches lasted for about a year and were used on countless sax mouthpieces.  I didn’t actually count the number of times I transferred the patches but I would estimate at least 20+ times per patch before they started not attaching anymore.  I never bit through any of them in all that time.  Never even saw a mark.

To be honest,  I was still not really sure what I would write a review on patches about so I never wrote a review during that year.  So, why am writing a review now?  Well, an interesting thing happened.  Once the patches stopped working and I was out of them, I went back to my trusty 3M clear patches that I have been using for the last 15 years and to my surprise, I couldn’t stand them!  I couldn’t believe it. I felt like I was feeling too much vibration in my teeth and on some mouthpieces I actually felt like my teeth hurt.

Within a few days I was desperate to get some more of the Forestone patches.  Besides feeling much more comfortable, the Forestone patches also had very little to no residue that was left when you peeled them off.  My 3M patches were a mess with the glue you had to try to get off each mouthpiece.

Also, the 3M patches could only be transferred once or maybe twice if you were lucky. Even then, there was a chance it would fall off after the transfer anyways.  The whole time I used the Forestone patches I never had one fall off or slip off until the very end of it’s life.  Like I said, that was maybe 20+ mouthpieces that I used one patch on.

Forestone Mouthpiece Patches

I had to get some more Forestone patches!  I searched all over the internet but I couldn’t find any on this side of the Atlantic ocean.   I reached out to Tobias (an endorser and my contact for Forestone) and asked if he knew of where I could buy some more.  He hooked me up with the link below and actually was nice enough to send me some more samples to use in the meantime.(I think he sensed my desperation in the email I sent him)

You might think this is all hype and I have some inside commission going on or a lifetime supply of patches guaranteed if I write this review (none of these are true).  What is true, is that yesterday I thought about writing this review and my first thought was that I needed to order some more patches before I write the review and let people know about these.  So yesterday, I spent 41.70 on 36 more Forestone patches before anyone else finds out about these.  I should be all set for quite a few years now.

Forestone has four models of mouthpiece patches. They have two versions of black patches and two versions of clear patches.   I have been using the bigger black patches for the most part. The smaller square shape is great on slimmer metal pieces like a Guardala and some metal alto mouthpieces.  I haven’t tried the clear patches yet so I can’t comment on how those feel but the thickness is the same as the black patches.  Not sure if the material makes a difference between them.  I will update this review when and if I try the clear patches.

Forestone Saxophone Mouthpiece Patches

OK, I did it!  A review on a mouthpiece patch.  Never thought I would, but I just did.  You might think I’m crazy, but I love these things.  The one and only place I could find these patches in the US is TheWedgeDistribution.com  which is the exclusive Forestone saxophone distributor in the USA.   You can order as many as you want. (especially since I already ordered all I need……….) Thanks to Tobias Haecker for hooking me up with these Forestone patches and reeds to check out!  If you get a chance to try the Forestone patches let us know your opinions in the comments below.       Steve

Disclaimer

Disclosure: I received the sample mouthpiece patches mentioned above for free in the hope that I would try them and perhaps review them on my blog. I also ordered six more packages of patches at full price. Regardless, I only review mouthpieces and saxophone products that I enjoy using and believe will be good for other saxophone players to try also. Steve
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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 25 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site Neffmusic.com.

Comments

  1. Frederick says:

    Pretty funny. After reading the review a few minutes ago, I added black and clear to my cart at $6.99 a pack. By the time I went to click pay with PayPal, the price jumped to $9.99 a pack.

  2. Rob Payne says:

    No. I don’t think you’re crazy. I found this useful. I’ve been using BG patches which you can move from one mouthpiece to another in the same manner as the Forestone. I read somewhere that if you put a thin clear BG patch over the thicker black BG patch that they last a very long time which I found to be true. But it would be cheaper to just buy the Forestone black patches. Some people say patches changes the sound, that it deadens it. I don’t really agree with that. In fact I like the way patches opens up your mouth a bit more, might even improve your sound though I cannot quantify that. Since I practice a lot I find the comfort of using patches to be beneficial. And you don’t have to worry about wear on your mouthpiece. Another good useful and intelligent article. Thanks.

  3. I appreciate you taking the price change with a sense of humor Frederick. I had priced them too low. With the cost of importing from Japan and then offering free shipping and handling from The Wedge Distribution, it wasn’t going to work. I do apologize for the change. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any help.
    Cheers,
    Tom Wanne, CEO
    The Wedge Distribution

  4. Mark Peotter says:

    Steve, Do you know the thickness of the Forestone Patches? I use the Runyon patches. The black ones are labeled “11 mil” and the clear patches are labeled “9 mil”. I prefer the 9 mil. I’m not sure if that means 9/10 of millimeter, but that seems about right.

  5. On the front of the package it says 0.4 mm. Don’t know how that relates to your patch measurements? Steve

  6. Yes, the 0.4 mm is the thickness of the Forestone patches.
    Cheers,
    Tom

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