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Mouthpiece Pop Test

Jamesmac

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Hi All
i have a issue with the pop test.....Is it true for all MPs. eg. Works fine with my Ed Pillinger HR NYT but not with my metal JJ DVNY ?>:)
 

Pete Thomas

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It doesn't have to work for a mouthpiece and/or reed to be playing OK.

Don't worry about it, only worry if there is something wrong when you play it.
 

jbtsax

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I agree with Pete. However the "pop test" can be a good diagnostic tool if a mouthpiece is difficult to play using a variety of different reeds. I like to look at the tip and rails under magnification when a mouthpiece won't "pop" to see if there is a reason the reed won't close perfectly and create a vacuum. The springiness of the reed, the tip opening, and the length of the lay are all factors that effect a mouthpiece's ability to "pop".
 

Jamesmac

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I agree with Pete. However the "pop test" can be a good diagnostic tool if a mouthpiece is difficult to play using a variety of different reeds. I like to look at the tip and rails under magnification when a mouthpiece won't "pop" to see if there is a reason the reed won't close perfectly and create a vacuum. The springiness of the reed, the tip opening, and the length of the lay are all factors that effect a mouthpiece's ability to "pop".


The MP is a JJ.DVNY 8* and has lost a bit of the gold plating on the table. Apart from that it plays very well, like a £450 MP should.
Bought it off eBay for £200 so very happy. When I tried the pop test, it was not possible to create the vacuum, it could be the design of the large cut back on the table. ? I used the same reed as with the Ed Pillinger. 2 1/2 V16 Vandoren with lots of spring.
 

aldevis

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I used the same reed as with the Ed Pillinger. 2 1/2 V16 Vandoren with lots of spring.

If you mean "the very same reed" you shouldn't. Try with a brand new reed, out of the box.
 

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