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 Reed "Pop"
Author: BGBG 
Date:   2018-04-01 01:29

Have been reading about making reeds pop. My old reeds would sdo it but have not done this for a good while. Notice when I try this with new reeds with any of the 3 mouthpieces the tips stand away and will not "pop"
Is this an important thing i should try to fix? The reeds sound good otherwise but fail the pop test and I would like to know if this is a big issue or not.

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 Re: Reed "Pop"
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2018-04-01 02:11

That's a test for warped reeds. A reed with a flat back should seal against the mouthpiece evenly when you hold the tenon end shut and suck the air out through the reed aperture. You get the "pop" as the reed's elasticity finally pulls it away after a few seconds. Sometimes if it takes too long to release (pop) the reed might be too light (not enough resistance and elasticity).

This shouldn't be happening with brand new reeds out of the box.

We've discussed warped reeds in another thread that, I think, you started recently. You can try to flatten them, play on them as is, or trash them and use ones that aren't warped.


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 Re: Reed "Pop"
Author: BGBG 
Date:   2018-04-01 02:15

Ok....I am sorry....It DOES in fact pop. I was doing it wrong the first time. My apologies. Must try more before I post. I was reading the eddiesclarinets PDF "Thoughts On Reed Sealing".

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 Re: Reed "Pop"
Author: Ed 
Date:   2018-04-01 06:52

I never found that test particularly helpful, but it is a nice party trick

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 Re: Reed "Pop"
Author: Mojo 
Date:   2018-04-02 17:11

There are good setups that fail the pop test and bad ones that pass it. Plus you can shorten the life of your reeds if you are over zealous with it.

It can be useful if your setup normally passes it. Then you can use that as a baseline. If something changes, then you can try different reeds and/or look for mouthpiece damage or warping. But I still prefer a play test over the pop test.
Mojo Mouthpiece Work LLC

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 Re: Reed "Pop"
Author: Ed Palanker 2017
Date:   2018-04-02 17:37

The reason to do the pop test is to determine if the reed is not sealing tightly on the facing of the mouthpiece which for me at least, causes delayed entrances and a slight lose of control in the extreme high register. I only do it to determine if it is leaking if I feel a problem so I can try to correct it, I don't suggest one just keep doing to entertainment. I have found, especially on my bass clarinet, that by raising the ligature and tightening it it can temporarily "seal" the reed at the time.


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