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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby ScotsJim » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:53 pm

P.S. Don't do rubber mouthpieces. Tried one once in a fit of pique. Horrible experience. I was almost traumatised :cry:
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby bearded1 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:56 pm

Use them for every smoke! Feels odd to not have one anymore.
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby Brett » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:03 pm

ScotsJim wrote:
Condoranian wrote:Tried them ..don't like them. If you are clenching hard on a pipe then you are probably got a pipe thats too heavy. I try to aim for zero teeth marks then I know I am holding a pipe properly. Works for me!

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I've never understood teeth marks on a pipe stem. If you have to clench that hard it reveals two things ;

1) You're not relaxed. Clenching that hard is akin to gritting one's teeth. How's that conducive to relaxation ?

2) Like Dave's already stated, you've got a pipe that's too heavy.


3) You've got uneven teeth that don't hold the mouthpiece comfortably?

I don't clench that hard and I don't think my pipes are heavy, but I don't have the perfect 'Hollywood' straight teeth, and find that if I hold a pipe between my teeth without a Softy, it either sits uncomfortably tilted, or gets minor scratches on the stem. The Softy's make it much more of a comfortable feeling to hold in my teeth, without risking leaving scratches from my teeth.
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby ScotsJim » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:14 pm

I hear you Brett. I know many folk use these softies and I fully understand how they'd help if you don't have straight teeth.

I do see a problem with using one to avoid leaving scratches. Scratches ? :roll: That's just insane to me ! A pipe is to be smoked and, like a well worn and comfortable pair of shoes, is none the worse for taking on a scratch or two. Gives it character and makes a pipe truly yours. Unless your a pipe collector rather than a pipe smoker that is. ( I am not saying you are a collector Brett. Just emphasising my point )
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby RompinDonkey » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:32 pm

They work well on slippery Falcon stems. I often use them.
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby Brett » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:41 pm

ScotsJim wrote:I hear you Brett. I know many folk use these softies and I fully understand how they'd help if you don't have straight teeth.

I do see a problem with using one to avoid leaving scratches. Scratches ? :roll: That's just insane to me ! A pipe is to be smoked and, like a well worn and comfortable pair of shoes, is none the worse for taking on a scratch or two. Gives it character and makes a pipe truly yours. Unless your a pipe collector rather than a pipe smoker that is. ( I am not saying you are a collector Brett. Just emphasising my point )


A car is meant to be driven, but I still don't want it all scratched up just to give it character. ;)
Then again, neither do I wrap it in rubber, so I see your point. lol
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby ScotsJim » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:08 am

Brett wrote:A car is meant to be driven, but I still don't want it all scratched up just to give it character. ;)


Oddly enough, my ideal motor vehicle would be an old mud covered khaki coloured Land rover ! :lol:

Brett wrote:Then again, neither do I wrap it in rubber, so I see your point. lol


And I yours my friend :)

Another thing about those softy bits...IMHO they ruin the look of a pipe. They make a pipe look as if it's been injured and visited a quack doctor for first-aid and a dodgy patch up :lol: :lol:
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby FlakedOut » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:52 pm

Being diabetic they help if you've got a slight case of oral thrush and your lips become hypersensitive (ie, they can burn like hell ) :oops:
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby KevLa » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:06 pm

I only use rubber mouthpieces on the original stems of two Missouri Meerschaum corn-cob pipes. Without them, the stems would have been destroyed long ago :)
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby SidStavros » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:03 pm

I test them as a New smoker but now don't use them as the majority of pipe smokers here in Greece.If someone hat a health problem i can understand that otherwise i don't like the rubber taste in my mouth.
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby bearded1 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:35 pm

SidStavros wrote:I test them as a New smoker but now don't use them as the majority of pipe smokers here in Greece.If someone hat a health problem i can understand that otherwise i don't like the rubber taste in my mouth.


That rubber taste goes away after the first bowl or two.

It definitely took some adjustment for me, but I now love them and want them on all my pipes.
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby SidStavros » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:41 pm

Reminds me the wheel covers. :D
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby aquaholic » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:54 pm

SidStavros wrote:Reminds me the wheel covers. :D

Your mind is obviously less twisted than mine Sid :lol:
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby SidStavros » Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:01 pm

Don't tell me that you thought the.....oh No..... :P
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby Brett » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:24 pm

ScotsJim wrote:
Oddly enough, my ideal motor vehicle would be an old mud covered khaki coloured Land rover ! :lol:


Mine would be a clean khaki (or black) coloured Land Rover. :D
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby ScotsJim » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:26 pm

Brett wrote:
ScotsJim wrote:
Oddly enough, my ideal motor vehicle would be an old mud covered khaki coloured Land rover ! :lol:


Mine would be a clean khaki (or black) coloured Land Rover. :D


So you'd just be picking the kids up from school in it then ? ;)
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby Brett » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:32 pm

ScotsJim wrote:
Brett wrote:
ScotsJim wrote:
Oddly enough, my ideal motor vehicle would be an old mud covered khaki coloured Land rover ! :lol:


Mine would be a clean khaki (or black) coloured Land Rover. :D


So you'd just be picking the kids up from school in it then ? ;)


Nah. :lol: But I'd clean it if it got dirty.
Same way I clean my pipes after every use. I hate leaving them dirty. Maybe I've got some sort of OCD. :lol:
(All stems from the old military habit of cleaning rifles, boots, & brass, all the time).

Actually, you just reminded me of a story about an old mate of mine.
When we went on our bikes, I'd take mine out in all weathers, it was my only form of transport at the time.
He was very much a 'Sunday' rider, and would check the weather forecast for any hint of rain before he took his bike out of his garage. :?
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby Brett » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:36 pm

SidStavros wrote:Reminds me the wheel covers. :D



Apparently you can even get furry ones.
(you can make your own jokes up about that) :lol:
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby KevLa » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:24 am

KevLa wrote:I only use rubber mouthpieces on the original stems of two Missouri Meerschaum corn-cob pipes. Without them, the stems would have been destroyed long ago :)

I've recently become a convert to the use of rubber mouthpieces. I currently only own two (the ones that used to grace only the aforementioned cobs), but am finding that they make clenching a much more comfortable experience. As a bonus, they do, of course, prevent me from worsening the severe stem-wear that several of my estate pipes came with. I want to get some more when I get the chance :)
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby Bri2k » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:58 am

I've used Softee bits for years now. They make clenching much easier and seem to last. The only downside except for appearance is that they leave a line on the stem when you remove them after they've been on for a while.

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