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i have been playing tenor sax for about a year now, and recently received a brand new sax as a birthday present. when i went to play i found it squeaked majorly, just like when i had just started. i couldnt get middle C and D out without it being a squeak. i was just wondering if this is a problem with all new instruments, or if it's my sax. i know its not me because i play the school saxes with no difficulty.
any help would be awesome thanks.
im so frustrated ! i just want to play the thing !
 

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It sounds like something may have got bent in transit.

If this is a new sax, you should take it back to the seller
and have them sort it out.
 

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As Kavala said, get the horn checked for leaks and things out of whack. Shipping and horns often don't mix well.

On another tack, you say you have no trouble playing the school horns,but squeak on the new horn. Here's a little story for you,that might help.
I recently had my Buescher Aristocrat totally overhauled. Up until the overhaul, I could play it just fine torn pads and all. This was my every day workaday horn. When I went to pick it up, I tested it, as you do, and every time I hit D2 at any speed, the D would pop up to the A2. I checked all the usual suspects, my tech had a fiddle, but the D2 wanted to pop up to the A.
As it turns out, the horn was fine. All that had happened, was that I was so used to playing through the leaks, I was overblowing the horn. As soon as I relaxed, the problem disappeared.

Is it possible that you have a similar problem? Also,does your mouthpiece suit the new horn? Some horns don't seem to mind what you stick on them. Others play well, only with a larger chambered mpc and so on.

Get the horn checked for leaks and adjustment issues and then give yourself a little time to get to know each other.
 

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It needs to be looked at. There is definitely a problem with that horn. Most new horns have issues out of the box.
 

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callxitxkarma67 said:
i have been playing tenor sax for about a year now, and recently received a brand new sax as a birthday present. when i went to play i found it squeaked majorly, just like when i had just started. i couldnt get middle C and D out without it being a squeak. i was just wondering if this is a problem with all new instruments, or if it's my sax. i know its not me because i play the school saxes with no difficulty.
any help would be awesome thanks.
im so frustrated ! i just want to play the thing !
Take a look at the top key on the horn, high F#. Make sure it and all the other normally closed keys are not binding and sticking a little bit open. This is a wild shot, because the problem most likely is in the RH stack keys and the bridge between the RH & LH - a technician will be needed to set this up properly. It could be as simple as turning a screw adjuster 1/2 turn.
 

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some tones on some horns take a lot of getting used to.
so - let s.o. check your horn for leaks and then just play it.

dog pants had a good example up there.

i had a similar thing (not as bad as yours) with my new sax (an old keilwerth): it plays much better than my other alto. better sound, louder (if wanted), better intonation, very good ergonomics.

but around c3/b3 intonation was going real wild! those 2 or three notes took some time for me to play them in tune.
dunno if i was so much used to "adjusting" my c3/b3 embouchure from the old sax or if it´s a problem of the new sax - doesn´t matter, anyway because now they obey me, those evil notes.

EVERY horn has its little character problems, you just have to adjust to them. it´s not a piano...
 
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