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When I first received my Yany AWO10 it needed some adjustment, but since it had been 10-12 years or so since I last played I didn't know how much of the problems was the horn and how much was me. I had to find a new horn tech since the one I had used previously (do any of you guys remember Saul Fromkin?) had passed. This new guy was recommended by Facebook (I know don't ridicule) was a little sketchy. Anyways after he adjusted my horn I still noticed that low B/Bb were still very hard to play. (I know, every player has at least some problem with those notes, right?) but when I asked him to play my horn he didn't seem to have any problems. Of course he played several dB louder than I do. So I chalked it up to my out of practice chops. To make a long story short (sorry) after 6 months of practice those notes are still very hard to play. I can sometime slur down to them or if I really blow hard I can honk them out. So today I decided to shine a flashlight down my horn to see if I could see any leaks and I found that the low C# pad was not sealing! In fact the key cup was not even close to being centered over the tone hole so the tone hole was no longer seating! Maybe I did something to it since it was worked on, but since I have never had much luck with low B/Bb I'm assuming it was this way the entire time. Luckily, I have a new horn tech and I'm going to take it to him tomorrow. The best part of this story is that maybe, just possibly I don't suck as much as I thought I did.