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Cleaning the lower octave vent

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Do I need to remove the octave key first in order to clean the lower octave vent (tone hole) on the body? I have the G2 G#2 issue on my Selmer SAII Alto and this looks like a pretty common issue for Selmer horn due to the smaller size of octave vent opening. Before sending my horn to technician to drill out the vent hole, I want to clean the vent first to see if any improvement. After searching the topic on the forum, I learn that I should use pipe cleaner to clean the vent but I find it almost impossible to reach the octave vent hole from outside. Therefore I am wondering if I need to remove the key first in order to access the vent hole? I am very reluctant to do so because of my shallow experience. Any suggestion? Thanks!
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I have done it today!

To make sure I dismounted the entire octave mechanism ( not without swearing a bit)

Another thing I had done before ( and maybe I should have simply stopped there) was using this interdental brush handle by Oral B , I put it down the receiver until I reached the pip and then I cleaned the pip, some dirt came out ( but I wanted to make sure so I took it apart all the same)

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often you can use this to clean the other neck pip too
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