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Hey folks,

I've been playing my SML tenor a bit lately--amazing horn--but I'm struggling to find a fingering for F#3. My usual is Front F + side Bb and RH F, which isn't working at all.

Anybody else have this issue and/or any suggestions?

What sort of key height do folks have the the front F set at? It feels too open?

Thanks!

ps. thanks for the tip Pete!
 

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The openness of the front F is crucial. Of course actual key cup the front F opens is the same key as the plam F, the difference being the front F key closes the B key (and doesn't need the D, Eb and side E).

The trick is to get the F opening a bit less when operated by the Front key, by sanding bit by bit a little cork from the bar which engages the F lever.

Unless of course it's too closed, in which case start by getting the right amount of cork on there so the front F opens the F key as much as the palm key does (ie no play at all in the connecting bar from the front F), then shave the cork bit by bit.
 

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Try X0X X00 (B-O-G -- F00). Also try dropping the side Bb with your Fork F 000 F00. Also, if those don't work, as said above, look at your fork F opening distance.
 
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