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OK, so while I love my 1980s YTS62 I find that trying different necks provides a HUGE difference in sound and response. I gig on this horn every weekend through the Nor Cal casinos and clubs. Perfect keywork with a very flexible tone but I have found that my Barone neck provides a more free-blowing and bigger sound. The problem is I have yet to find a good solution that extends the octave lever far enough to reach the neck. I've played around with solutions but nothing that I would trust on a gig. I do need to take it to my tech to see what he can come up with but I'm looking for suggestions.
 

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A friend of mine plays an old YTS62 and uses a Yamaha g3 neck. Initially he used a piece of stif plastic pipe to extend the rod that operates the crook arm, but eventually he took his horn to a tech and had an additional rod extension soldered on.
 

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Just bend the bottom of the octave key down until it's in the same location as on the original neck. It might need some minor adjustments so the key opens like it's supposed to. Very easy to do and reversible.
 

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I've tried the bending trick but the Barone neck does not have enough length or gap on the octave key. I'm running by the hardware store today to see what I can to as a temporary solution but will probably have my tech do a permanent solution at some point.
 

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Windscreen washer tubing from a car spares shop is a good bet - it tends to come in one of two diameters (large or small)...get a piece of each, it's not dear.
You should remove the existing tube from the octave key pin and replace it with an extended length of the washer tube. Here's the trick though - find a piece of plastic rod that fits snugly up the bore of the tube. This will need to be as long as is required for it to connect to the crook key.
Slide the new tube over the octave pin, insert the rod then trim up the end. I would add a tiny drop of superglue to the tube - one drop to secure it to the pin, another to secure the rod into the tube...but you'll have to be nimble getting the tube and the rod in place.

This should hold out for a while - and at a later date a proper metal extension can be fitted.
Be advised though that extended octave key pins are prone to damage...so make sure the end plug is fitted when the horn is in the case, and that it cover the length of the pin.

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I used an old, clear, Bic Pen. Remove the ink (duh) and cut to appropriate length. It fits snuggly over my current octave mech and stretches up to my Barone neck, plus it's completely reversible.
 

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I found a solution that seems to work. Cut off some of the tube that feeds into my fiancee's lotion bottle. It is stiff and fit perfectly. It is also thin enough that the regular neck works also with no modifications.
 
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