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Too much time on my hands today got me thinking:

We talk about air leaks.
We look for light leaks.
We actually mean sound leaks.

hmmm
 

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paulio said:
Too much time on my hands today got me thinking:

We talk about air leaks.
We look for light leaks.
We actually mean sound leaks.

hmmm
Hmmmm yerself... I thought a saxophone was SUPPOSED to have sound leaks, otherwise you wouldn't hear it.:D
 

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jrvinson45 said:
Hmmmm yerself... I thought a saxophone was SUPPOSED to have sound leaks, otherwise you wouldn't hear it.:D

Oh yeah?! Well, MY saxophone has NO sound leaks, and listen to how good I sound.
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SEE?

dv
 

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paulio said:
Too much time on my hands today got me thinking:
We talk about air leaks.
We look for light leaks.
We actually mean sound leaks.
hmmm
Um, the theory goes that if light leaks out from under a pad so will air, and an air leak is very bad for playing any wind instrument. Am I missing something?
 

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betelsax said:
Um, the theory goes that if light leaks out from under a pad so will air, and an air leak is very bad for playing any wind instrument. Am I missing something?
just an evolution of ones knowledge/thinking.

the only problem is we have no sound detector to check a particular tonehole/pad location for a sound leak detection test, as it would certainly pick up sound from the other open toneholes/bell.

Thus the best method to check for leaks on a sax is using a leak light.

On clarinets we can also use a vacuum/pressure test. This can be quite sensitive - but it is much easier to "plug" a clarinet's section on both ends than a sax. and much easier to locate the issue with a light than the other variables with a vacuum/pressure test on a sax.

I've tried .. had to use saran wrap to seal the bell, then finger pressure is a BIG variable for differing players so you have to close all the keys with a certain pressure not to exceed a player's "light touch" on the keys.

.. back to the leak light after that test.
 

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davevillajr said:
Oh yeah?! Well, MY saxophone has NO sound leaks, and listen to how good I sound.
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dv
If that's your soprano, it's one of the best I've ever heard.;)
 

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jrvinson45 said:
If that's your soprano, it's one of the best I've ever heard.;)

It's actually my altissimo on a borrowed bari.

I epoxied all the pads shut, and sealed the bell opening with sheet steel (it was all I had at the time).

Took forever to get the tone right.

Listen again
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See, no leaks.

PERFECT.

dv:twisted:
 

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paulio said:
Too much time on my hands today got me thinking:

We talk about air leaks.
We look for light leaks.
We actually mean sound leaks.

hmmm

Sound
waves are air molecules set in motion. Does that shed some light on the subject?

Now I need to take a leak. :)

John
 

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davevillajr said:
It's actually my altissimo on a borrowed bari.

I epoxied all the pads shut, and sealed the bell opening with sheet steel (it was all I had at the time).

Took forever to get the tone right.

Listen again
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See, no leaks.

PERFECT.

dv:twisted:
It just don't get much better than that.:help:
 

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davevillajr said:
It's actually my altissimo on a borrowed bari.

I epoxied all the pads shut, and sealed the bell opening with sheet steel (it was all I had at the time).

Took forever to get the tone right.

Listen again
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See, no leaks.

PERFECT.

dv:twisted:
Looks like your horn is taking a leak there :cool:
 
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