Take a look inside and make sure you don't have any funky obstructions. College pal of mine "lost" his endcap after a long practice session and put his horn away without it. Good quality case, good quality horn, took real good care of it. Couple of days later, he was having all sorts of funky intonation and tone quality issues with it. Problem? Everyone together now: The endcap that was "lost" had "miraculously" appeared halfway down/up the body tube of his alto. It was wedged at a funny angle, so he could pop it back out with minimal fuss and no trauma to any keys and things. Guess he couldn't find it in the black fur lined case and it fell out of the built in cubby and into the bell during transport. I guess it walked it's way around the bow and up the tube.
Check in the neck tube as well, you'd be amazed at some of the funky goings on in there.
Take it to a tech and have them give it a once over for key heights or pad/spring/etc. issues.
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