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Advice on F# key

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Hi all

Have recently bought a Yamaha YTS-23 as a back up tenor. All is fine bar the F# key. It is not lowering over the hole without considerable force. I do not mean it is leaking only to be spotted by a light, I mean it is clear that the key is not lowering enough. Around the entire whole there's a mm gap. Is there an easy way to correct this? The pad seems fine, new almost, so am wondering if one of the rods needs looking at....

Have never repaired my own saxes apart from small jobs, which this well may be. If so, can someone point me in the right direction?

Many thanks in advance.

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riFph said:
Go slow and open and close the F and E slowly and softly a few times to check. Idealy they should close at the same time but it would be better for the F# to close first, but only slightly.
Due to the amount of flex in the mechanism, this is by far the best way to get the lower stack to work - if the top pad in the RH stack is set to close at the same rate as the others (while the long Bb and F#-G# adjusting screws are backed off), then the top pad will lighten up once the long Bb and F#-G# screws are regulated, or open slightly when the low C#, B and Bb keys are used making the bell notes unstable as the G# pad cup will force it open.

Even Yamaha set up their saxes this way. Provied all the pads are seating well and you close the RH keys with the right amount of pressure (ie. not having to squeeze them closed or playing with the featherlight touch some flute players use) then it'll all work. The flexibility of the keywork will be enough to ensure the fingerplates close.
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