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The height of your low C key should help a lot with this. That pad usually has to be open more than you think.... sometimes more than the manufacturer ever intended.

If that doesn't completely do it, this may also be part of the problem:
http://www.musicmedic.com/info/articles/num_46.html
I hate to say this, but while I can see how this would help with a hissing A (or anything above), I fail to see how it would have any impact on second octave D, or on G (as mentioned in the article) as that pad is supposed to be closed for those notes.

Ahh, yes Pete sometimes I use that way of getting a D also, but my teacher tells me to avoid that if possible. Its relieving to hear that many saxes have this issue and that its not just mine. If I need a good clear D I will use the palm key from now on...
You can do both -- try fingering D the "long way" (x x x x x x) but add the palm D instead of the octave key. This too might be slightly sharp and thus not worth the effort, but it might also be spot on. This is akin to the clarinettist's trick of adding the throat G# to make bell B natural speak without a "pop". On some vintage basses, it's the ONLY way to get a D that responds quickly AND plays in tune.
 
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