Yesterday it was working just fine and in tune. Now when i do the open C# it sounds like Im slightly bending the note up, I have no idea what is happening. Same problem with it with the octave key.
You're right, do I have to bring it to a tech or can I fix it myselfAbove the B pad, there is a small pad which is open on C# and closes below C. This pad is operated by a bar linking to B and C; this bar should contact the body via a cork or a felt which limits the opening of the small pad. This cork/felt is now probably missing.
If you can find the missing cork/felt in the case and if you can see the place where it was glued on the bar, it is a quite easy fix.You're right, do I have to bring it to a tech or can I fix it myself
Thanks! Also congrats on 1000 posts lolIf you can find the missing cork/felt in the case and if you can see the place where it was glued on the bar, it is a quite easy fix.
Else, you will have to figure out the right thickness: glue a too thick cork and sand it (testing from time to time) until the intonation is correct. It's not a very difficult repair but you may prefer to have a tech do it.
Hey, it's my post #1000!
"C tone hole" may be ambiguous (especially when the "A" key is labelled C, as I did in post #2 -apologies...). Stephen Howard calls Aux B this tone hole/pad (and Aux F its brother on the lower stack).The small tonehole above the B is called the C. It is correct that it is open on the note C#. The keycup that closes it is attached to the "back bar" which sits on top of the key foot of the B and the A keys. If both of these key feet have lost their "foot corks" that contact the body of the sax, it would allow the C to be higher than normal, but the B and A keycups would be higher than normal as well. The middle C# which vents first through the C tonehole is typically a flat note on most saxophones. It is possible that a leak above this tonehole in one of the palm keys could be causing the pitch to be unstable, but that is something I have never experienced so it is just an educated guess.