Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: Do you make mouthpieces for other instruments?
A: Not yet. We have a pretty significant investment in the development of the trumpet mouthpieces, and we need to learn the manufacturing challenges before we start with other instruments. We will eventually get there.
Q: You use 6Al4V titanium. What is it?
A: The 6Al4V titanium is an alloy with 6% Aluminum and 4% Vanadium added for strength. The alloy is used extensively in aerospace. Pure titanium, also called Ti999 or Commercially Pure Titanium is relatively soft. It makes for good hip joint implants and is easier to machine, but will not stand up as well as 6/4.
 
Q: Are the mouthpieces plated?
A: No, since titanium is hypoallergenic, there is no need to plate it with another metal. Plating wears off over time, so is not an optimal solution. Brass mouthpieces would be toxic without plating and would turn brown or green. Titanium stays looking the same with no plating necessary.
 
Q: Do you take credit cards?
A: Yes, we take Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover cards. We also take PayPal transfers. Transactions are via a secure shopping cart service.
 
Q: What is possible with laser engraving?
A: The laser can do very detailed artwork from engraved text to custom artwork. The best artwork is bold black lines on a white background. You would email me artwork in jpg or similar files and I can work with you on getting the look you are going for.
 
Q: Are your threads the same as the Warburton system?
A: No, our threads are more coarse in order to accommodate the acrylic. Finer threads would strip out more easily.
 
Q: Can I polish my titanium mouthpiece myself?
A: Yes. There are many polishes on the market for stainless steels in either liquid or waxy form that work well on titanium. These can be found in the automotive departments of many chain stores. They can be worked by hand with a cloth, or to speed things up, you can use a Dremel tool with a cotton polishing buff. Just apply the polish to the buff and go to it. You need to avoid burning the acrylic, so care is needed.  If there are heavier scratches, it might take a light sanding with super fine wet sanding paper like 600 grit. For Brushed finishes, all that's necessary is to buff along the grain lines with a ScotchBrite pad. These are the scruffy pads used for pots and pans. This will bring the ring to as new condition any time. Also, don't forget my lifetime refinishing policy, where I'll do it any time you want as well.
Q: How can I add Costs that are not on the orderforms?
A: You can go to THIS PAGE. You are able to input any extra amount there for things such as precious stones or custom work. It will show up in your Jewelry Box (shopping cart) like a normal item. This can be used for return shipping on a resized or reworked ring as well.  You would leave the total at zero and proceed to check out.  Shipping options are picked after the customer information is filled out.