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I believe the function of it is to stabilize the middle C#. By having the key, there is no no need for a substitute fingering to bring a normally flat note. I am sure there are other functions, but this seems to be the main one.
 

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I believe the function of it is to stabilize the middle C#. By having the key, there is no no need for a substitute fingering to bring a normally flat note. I am sure there are other functions, but this seems to be the main one.
Yes and it works. I owned one and that was it's only function.
 

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It works, but you can't use the alternate fingerings with the octave and G key as I recall. There are other reasons for those fingerings in addition to intonation.
 

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Is this similar to the extra vent key for C# on sop saxes, which stays open for C#2 but closes with the octave key for C#3?
 

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Is this similar to the extra vent key for C# on sop saxes, which stays open for C#2 but closes with the octave key for C#3?
Yes but it uses two holes instead of one therefore requiring an extra key/padcup/pad.The linkage can be a bit 'stodgy' but once set up it's quite reliable.
 

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Yes but it uses two holes instead of one therefore requiring an extra key/padcup/pad.The linkage can be a bit 'stodgy' but once set up it's quite reliable.

Unless the cork buffer happens to come off during a gig and the whole mechanism can jam open in a way that renders the horn unplayable if you don't know what is going on! (At least on an early one I saw...they may have changed the mechanism later on.)
 

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Unless the cork buffer happens to come off during a gig and the whole mechanism can jam open in a way that renders the horn unplayable if you don't know what is going on! (At least on an early one I saw...they may have changed the mechanism later on.)
Heh! heh! sh-t happens Neville! one of the joys of playin' the "Devils Horn" !!
 

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The tonholes are both open only for middle C#. When the octave key is depressed, the back hole is closed. The result is, for me, a perfectly in-tune C# octave--which I like.
 
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