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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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Chirps are usually from leaks but it could be from a crappy mouthpiece. I’ve had issues with Alexanders. It seems the very first tin I had played great and after that not many played well.
Be careful of how you’re holding the keys down. Try the “Gorilla grip” and see if it improves. Check your octave key pads too. I had that issue when the octave key pad on the body wasn’t closing all the way. I cleaned it off and the pip too.
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