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So this is the thread I came up with when researching this question.
I have very high action on my tenor sax I also have more loose spring tension. It pops quickly but I do not have to press hard to get the key to close.
Now my question, unfortunately adds more to the physics. I can play my scales VERY WELL. When I get up to a very fast speed, like 325 bpm in 8th notes, I find that my scales going downward come out fine and is easy. Now on the other hand, when I try and play going up the scales are not even at all and in many cases some notes dont even speak.

Is this a key height or spring tension issue?
*when I play the scales are slower tempos the ascending scales do not have this issue. I discovered I was having this issue at the breakneck speeds.
 

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People keep mentioning pads......
Should I be considering my pads as well?
And someone else mentioned my fingers being stronger then the spring tension. Should I lighten my fingers? My fingers are VERY light at the moment? So then should I add more tension to the springs?

HELP!! AHH TOO MANY VARIABLES!!
 
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