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I took my horn, an A990u, to a top-notch shop to get it maintained. Got a pretty heavy bill of $200 for adjustments, missing pads, bell realignment, and other things here and there. Nothing too serious, really.

The horn now plays flawlessly. I noticed that before the repairs, the rubber part that goes onto the octave pin was missing. However, the techs there didn't put anything to cover up the octave pin.

Do yanis just come with bare octave pins? Could it be the unique design of the yani neck that's preventing the techs from covering pin up?

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Those always come off eventually. I use electrician's tape on mine.
 

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One is supposed to be on there. Mine kept on popping off, so I threw it out. My solution was to glue a thin strip of cork to the back of the octave mechanism on the neck. A tech should be able to do that for pennies.
 

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I glue a piece of ultrasued generally to the piece on the neck, or slip some plastic tubing (if I have the right size) over the rod end after applying a dab of cement.
 
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