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Hey Guys,

I got my silver plated king yesterday. I am extremely happy with it, except for one thing, notes around middle D-G chirp, like a little squeak, before the notes comes out. I am using 3H RJS reeds.
 

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I received mine last week and had no chirping issues. In fact it play extremely well. Having said that, I sent it back because it was too bright for me.
 

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Did you get it in an un-opened box?

Strange.. I've noticed that this mouthpiece is sensitive to reed placement. You might try that first. 3H reeds sound pretty hard. I've been playing with 2.5 size reeds and no chirping at all. Are you using the lig that came with it?

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Also, what mpc have you been using? When going to a relatively high baffle mpc from one lower, chirping can be a problem at first. If you've been playing, for example, a stock Yamaha 4 then this chirping could be a result in the change of mpc styles. Give it some time. I even have this problem if I've been playing a med to low baffle mpc for several months and pick up a higher baffled mpc. I have to blow a little differently to avoid the squeaks.

And, are you using new reeds on your new mpc or older reeds? Because the older reeds may have reshaped themselves subtly to fit your former mpc and be slightly malformed for your new one.
 

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Wet the part of the reed that lays flat on the table and try again. High baffle mouthpieces are prone to squeaks anyway. I certainly heard Brecker let out some nasty squeals on his Guardala. I think that is what amuses me most when I see some of those hand-made Guardalas go for big bucks.
 

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I was using a Selmer Soloist before so it was a pretty drastic change. I'll give some softer/new reeds a shot. I am using a standard 2-screw ligature I found laying that fits.
 

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Often this is a baffle issue. The area right behind the tip being too high is often the reason. Thats not to say there might be a facing issue as well. If were me it would be going back. Better to get another one then keep thinking it will get better with practice.
 

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Another thought....... I hope you're not using the crap lig that is supplied with Guardala's. You'd be better off with a rubber band ! Get yourself a SAXXAS lig.
 

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I was having the same problem with my B&S tenor piece that came with a fabric lig. Being that I have hyperacusis, it was painful to hear. I dug around in my ligs and found an old Brillhart metal lig. So far, no chirping! The lig is corroded, but who cares! Do you have any old ones to try?
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