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  1. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Hi there, I started with a classical instructor a few months ago. Not only through the classical pieces I found I'm sloppy and work on my performance, my instructor picks on the things I'm not doing right and basically I learned things in a wrong way so he is giving me tips to correct them, such...
  2. Practicing
    I'm not sure if this is the proper place to post for technique advise, I apologize if it isn't. Lately I've been working on developing speed on my saxophone in the middle register, which has always tripped me up for some reason, and now I think it's due to my thumb. When I switch octave I...
  3. Sax Lifestyle & Sax Related Health Problems
    My high A sounds like trash. A mixture of spitty, airy, thin, and just dead. Please help! :line6: My A with the octave key is just not working correctly. I've taken it to music service shop to be fixed, explicitly letting them know that I had a problem with my high A. They "fixed" it for $60...
  4. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hi Y'all.. I've got a Martin Magna alto with an octave key problem. The neck pip, as per my same model tenor, should lower to cover the neck pip when playing G2 down to D2. It doesn't. I've stared and fiddled with it... I THINK that the pad end needs to be bent down (about almost 2 mm). The...
  5. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hi everyone. Lately, I've been having a few issues with my saxophone. It started out with my high A coming out really spitty and unclear. This only happens after I play for a few minutes, and I can see spit coming out of the octave key hole (only when I play this note). Then more recently, my...
  6. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    A thread to compile useful tone producing exercises. Obviously there is no best, that word´s just there as a hook. I,ve been very pleased with playing lower register notes with the octave key pressed. For instance play slow quavers from F down to Bb thus, F2 F1 E2 E1 Eb2 Eb1 D2 D1 (fingered...
  7. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Okay, I've recently developed trouble with my octave key and I would prefer to fix it at home. When I press my octave key, rather that pushing up the mechanism on the neck, the G key goes down and the little alternate octave on the body goes up (even when I'm not playing the G key). I have no...
  8. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    I have a Julius Keilwerth ST90 tenor and the neck octave key causes a strange "breathy" sound for everything from high A and up. It's worst on the A and not so bad on the higher notes, it sounds like a leak but I've tested all the pads, and that's not it. I know it's the octave key because I do...
  9. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    I'm in a really horrible situation here. My tenor sax (YTS-475) is having horrible octave key issues and normally I'm an amazing troubleshooter but I've taken the octave key mechanism apart and back together again around 7 times and I can't find one cause as to why certain things aren't...
  10. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Alrite, above is the octave key assembly on my Yanagisawa 901 alto. Could I get a picture of someone's properly working octave assembly from that angle? It seems to me that there's a small gap on one of the parts, and it's causing a lot of play in the action when I press the octave key. It was...
  11. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    I just bought a cannonball stone series tenor. Gold laquer. It was of the best investments ever. However, when using the standard neck, and I switch from G to A with the octave key, the G key sticks down and won't Come up without a little push. Its jot the pad because it comes up a little tiny...
  12. Late Bloomers
    Hi all, Polly here, (didn't really think of myself as a late bloomer but guess i qualify! In my 30s and play sax for fun) I have been playing alto on and off for 7 years, really enjoy it BUT... only recently had my first lesson (oops!), and have discovered my bad habits, eg: lifting & replacing...
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