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hi - for months now, my G# squeaks occasionally - any ideas?

odd, it occurs mostly after playing for 30 minutes+, I doubt if leaky pad.

plays fine for awhile, then impossible to get squeak-free G#, unplayable; w/different reeds tested

setup: yts62 purple logo yamaha tenor link 6* vandoren 2.5 java green

thx if any ideas :)
 

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Squeaks almost always come from a leak. A sax players best friend is leak light. It eliminates part the guessing game. At least you can rule out a leak before you move on to other issues.
I just use a little light I pulled out of an Xmas decoration. I’ve used one of those little Mag flashlights with a string.
 

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Try this: slur G - G# - A - G# - G repeatedly at different tempos and see if the squeak occurs. Then do the same but tonguing each note 4 times as eighth notes. Please report back in this thread what you find.
 

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Fatigue leads to sloppiness. I ran into the same issue while looping a lick with a somewhat acrobatic fingering exercise and what happened was that after the third or fourth time I accidentally touched one of the palm keys just enough to cause a "leak". Try Saxoclese's recommendation and also slow down and speed up. Maybe it is as simple as cleaning and oiling a pivot screw.
 
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