The majority of woodwind instruments have a mouthpiece. It can be single reed (like in clarinet or saxophone) and double reed (different types of flutes). The single-reed instruments, such as the clarinet or saxophone, have the reed attached to the mouthpiece. It admits the air into the instrument in such way that one end of an air chamber is set into vibration by the interaction between the air stream and the reed. Usually it is made of ebony or plastic, sometimes the metal is also used. The shape and condition of the mouthpiece surely influence the produced sound. The mouthpiece with large air chamber produces the different sound from the one with the small chamber. Traditionally it is a wedge shaped. So, there is no doubt that the player needs to keep its mouthpiece clean and in good condition. During the usage the excess moisture appears in the mouthpiece. More over sugar and saliva makes a strong solution. So it would be better to brush the teeth before every playing. The thin coating inside the mouthpiece gradually builds up and affects the sound. In this case the mouthpiece saver will come to the rescue. Usually it is made of soft materials and has an oblong shape. It is designed in that way to be available to any models of the clarinets or saxophones. Thanks to its cotton fiber the mouthpiece saver is easy to use and delicately remove the excess moisture from the mouthpiece. As a result your instrument will be always in best condition.
To clean your mouthpiece you need to use both mechanical and chemical methods. After removing the moisture, little parts and deposits by the mouthpiece saver you need to sterilize it with a special solution. Don’t forget carefully to dry it with the clean fabric. The good condition will last longer if you keep your mouthpiece in the case, it will protect it not only from solutions but also from the damage. With daily care your saxophone or clarinet will serve as long as it possible.