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D2 issues

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I'm new to this forum (and new to the saxophone actually). I started teaching myself Alto sax yesterday and I'm fine with the first octave, and all the other notes in the 2nd octave apart from D2!

When I finger D1 and then hold down the octave key it sounds an A2 rather than a D2. I don't get this problem with any other note other than D. Does anyone know what could be causing this? I'm definitely holding down the keys fully and have tried various adjustments to my embouchure.

If anyone has any ideas of what's going on I wold be very grateful.
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Thank you for all your ideas. I found out what it was - as jbtsax suggested might be hapenning, the neck octave key was opening slightly. I reduced the pressure on the octave key and now I get D rather than the overtone. Is this something that can easily be fixed on the horn? I'm going to get a sax-playing friend to have a go to see if they notice any problems.

The tip for trying to get A 880Hz when blowing into the mouthpiece alone was handy and after some adjustments I managed to get it. I'll keep practising that.

Again, thank you for your responses.
Hi, thanks for that - I will mention it to my friend when she takes a look at it. Agent27, I would get a teacher but I can't really afford it at the moment - I appreciate I am probably doing things terribly wrong but I support with my diaphragm in a similar sort of way to when I'm singing and I seem to be able to get a decentish tone out. We'll see how it goes.

Saxplayer67, it is a Boosey & Hawkes 400 sax.

Thanks for all your advice everyone.
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