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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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"The entire Bb/G#/F# area of a sax is by far the most difficult to get right...."

Thanks so much guys for the advice. Have indeed sorted the problem. Only thing is now that the bottom Bb is not sounding. I believe there is double action going on (as in the bottom C# pad/key linked to the G# depress) - it is raising slightly. Can't quite alter the screws minutely to get a fine balance. Oh well, at least the main stay of the horn is now working, and sounding beautiful.

Now, if anyone has a spare Yamaha 62 tenor crook hanging around, fancy selling it? Have tried a 62's crook on it and it opens up the sound a touch more.

Have been told if I order here in the UK, it will take from 3 to 6 months to arrive.

Great. Not.
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