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How to avoid "Chirping" high A

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Hello all!

In the last couple days I've been trying out Alexander Superial DC #3 Tenor Reeds, and overall I think they're really great. I do, however, consistently get a small squeak or chirp when I articulate high A on the tenor. Does anyone know why this happens or have any strategies to fix it? Everything in my setup is the same as it always is except the reed, and I've never had this issue before. Idk if it matters, but I'm playing a SYOS 6* on a Yani 991 tenor.
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If it only occurs with the Alexander reeds why not just go back to what you were using before? I tried a couple different boxes of Alexander reeds and they all seemed rather stuffy to me.
Another thing to consider is your mpc is made of plastic. It's possible that you may have overtightened the ligature and caused a slight deformation of the mpc. That could easily be checked by using whatever worked for you before to see if that chirps as well which would indicate something other than the reed being at fault. The only time I had a chirp was with a mpc that needed work.
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