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Forked Eb

1512 Views 2 Replies 3 Participants Last post by  Dave Dolson
I was looking at my 10M the other day, trying to figure out why it was so much more ergonomic in the right hand than either my Buescher tenor, or my SA 80 alto. The answer was the ring finger key is different and closer to the middle finger key, due to the design of the forked mechanism, and for me way more comfortable. On the other two horns my ring finger seems to always be half way on instead of right on like the 10M. Seems to me the problem with the other two horns could be remedied by making the 'stem' coming from the ring finger that the pearl sits on a bit longer, so it is in the same position as the forked mechanism.

Sorry for the inaccurate terminology but I don't fix them, I just play them. If someone out there is familar with my problem, and has come up with a cure, I'd love to know.
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ferrari: Your post made me look at two of my altos, one a TT with the forked Eb system (disabled) and a Ref 54. I'd never looked at them before with your "problem" in mind.

It IS true that the R3 pearl is closer to the R2 pearl on the TT than on the Ref 54. The R3 pearl on the Ref 54 is more centered on the pad cup than is the R3 pearl on the TT because the TT's R3 pearl must also hold down the R2 pad cup when the player fingers the forked Eb.

For me, it doesn't matter because the differences in the distance between those two pearls is pretty small. However, I'd imagine a tech could move the R3 pearl closer to the R2 pearl if you hired one to do it. I know I used a lot more words to say essentially what JayePDX wrote . . . guess I'm just re-stating the observation in a different way. DAVE
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