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My low G is gurgling annoyingly on my tenor. Low F# and low G# aren't that stable as well. Is there a quick fix for this? (I'm sure it's not a voicing problem, they used to play perfectly only a few days ago) All the other notes play well.
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First, I'm not a tech. I'm a rural guy that had to learn to repair his own saxophone by trial and error and have been successfully doing so for over 30 years.

I suspect the A cup. When you finger the A , you're actually pushing down a lever that sets over the top of the A cup. The linkage may not be closing it fully. Fingering the F natural holds the A cup down and may be closing it for you. The F# figuring hold it down too but by slightly different linkage and may not be as tight.

Try holding down the small pearl on the A cup itself and see if the G plays better.
 

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First, I'm not a tech. I'm a rural guy that had to learn to repair his own saxophone by trial and error and have been successfully doing so for over 30 years.

I suspect the A cup. When you finger the A , you're actually pushing down a lever that sets over the top of the A cup. The linkage may not be closing it fully. Fingering the F natural holds the A cup down and may be closing it for you. The F# figuring hold it down too but by slightly different linkage and may not be as tight.

Try holding down the small pearl on the A cup itself and see if the G plays better.
Hi, Enviroguy, thanks for the tip. Tried it but nothing changed. I'm beginning to suspect it's something to do with the G# key, but I can't understand exactly what or how to solve it. Being sort of a rural guy myself, i would like to solve this by myself, if possible. When I did a few fast G/G# thrills this morning the G became extremely unstable, as if it was about to break any time.
 

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Clean the G# tone hole and pad - it may not be seating all the way. Ensure the spring is engaged correctly.
 

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Naw, they just use a long match.
 

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yes, but will it sound like a stable G?
Well, I just asked Robert Catesby. He says he's afraid the bang might gurgle a little.
 

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Never mind Robert! It's the other GUY you need to pay attention to!

Seriously I think that there is a lot that could be doing this, how about the side octave key remaining accidentally open?
 

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Never mind Robert! It's the other GUY you need to pay attention to!

Seriously I think that there is a lot that could be doing this, how about the side octave key remaining accidentally open?
Thanks, I'll check it out later today. This is probably it.
 

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I was personally thinking of using my favorite rural torch...
Put a rolled up towel in the bell, smoke a pipe or cigar, take several long puffs and hold, finger low Bb, stand in front of mirror, blow smoke through mouthpiece - you'll see the leak(s)... :mrgreen:

If you want a light show, do it in a dim room and get a friend to wave the rural torch around the sax, it'll pick up the smoke trail from the leak.

Kind Regards from rural Weymouth (those city folk don't understand, don't get many sax techs in rural area's, or much else for that matter, we have to do it all ourselves, or it doesn't get done...:cry: )
 

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do rural guys have any access to rural leak lights?
Yep,

Since most us folks in Arkansas leave our Christmas light up on our mobile homes all year long, all I have to do is grab one down and stick in the sax. Then, since we steal our electric power from my cousin's trailer next door, I can just plug it in while I in the out-house and find the leak in no time flat.
 

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After some experimenting (no leak light used yet, but I'm working on getting one), I'm positive that it's the G# key that's not closing properly. Now I only need to find out how to fix it...
 
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