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Alternate F#

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I recently just got a Kohlert Alto... It's the Kohlert DeLuxe with the rolled tone holes etc. Anyway it seems to be a lovely saxophone, with a great tone, but I seem to be encountering one problem.
With the alternate F# fingering (Normally used in the chromatic scale), It works fine in the upper register, but with the lower register, it seems to sound quite out of tune, I'm not sure if its possibly the keys design(the "spatula"?) if thats what its called, Or if its possibly the mouthpiece and ligature (The mouthpiece is just a student "Olds", and the ligature is just a standard one), or maybe something else.
Has anyone else experienced this?
Please Help

Thanks =]]
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When you say the lower octave fork F# is "out of tune", is it flat or sharp relative to the same note an octave higher? How about the regularly fingered F#---is the pitch of this fingering the same in both octaves? Does the note in either octave sound "stuffy" when compared to the F natural a half step away?

This is an interesting question, but more information would be helpful to look at a possible solution. I'm sure you realize that this particular fingering for F# is used mostly in trills and in rapid chromatic passages in which any pitch discrepancy would largely go unnoticed.

Yes, its definatly flat, and it sounds quite stuffy, the regular fingering of the F# is in tune in the low and upper octive, keeping in mind, the alternate F# is in tune in the upper octive, just not the lower.
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