The Testing Cups are for checking the sealing properties of a pad before it is mounted on an instrument. This can save valuable time since you will catch flawed pads before you spend the time installing and leveling them on an instrument.
The testers are designed as attachments to our MAG Machine®. If you are already using The MAG Machine® and various isolators, you will recognize the value of being able to test a pad off the instrument.
The range of testers covers all woodwinds. The testers are even designed to clear a sax pad’s domed and riveted resonator, so you can observe any issues with sealing there.
After selecting the appropriate size cup for the pad being tested, attach the Mag Machine® hose to the nipple on the backside of the cup. Place the pad on a flat surface and lightly hold the cup to the face of the pad. A perfectly sealing pad should read 0 on the Mag. You will quickly begin to understand the various sealing qualities of different materials.
After testing a number of pads you will begin to adopt standards for what is acceptable for a bladder skin pad, and for a leather pad. You will begin to see a pattern and some pads will fall outside the pattern of what is normal. For the best seal possible, you will not want to use the pads that fall outside the range of acceptability without treating of the skin.
Bladder and Leather pads can be treated with our Pad Guard to help seal open pores and to mitigate the moisture absorption as well as pneumatic problems they possess.
236065 Small Pad Testing Cup Set
covers pads up to 20mm. This will cover all piccolo, oboe, flute, clarinet, smaller bassoon and sax pads up to palm key sizes.