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Correct that the low C pad has a great deal on the D, both D1 and D2. If it is more open, the D will really sing but you may get unwanted sharpness. I usually try to get it just open enough to free up the sound and not get [email protected] too sharp. Also if it is too closed, D1 will be flat! Always a trade-off.
 

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I spent about an hour with a Chu alto getting the C pad just right! I am with MM that it is easier to adjust the pitch than to try to unstuffy a note. Since D2 is played more than D1, I go for pitching down the D2. My Mark VI I got in 1964 is sharp on D2 as is almost all my horns. My Chu soprano is right on however, just lucky!
 
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