What do you mean when you say "it cracks the harmonic"? Do you get the D# above the high G# or does the G# sound the octave below as a multiphonic? Also does this happen at all dynamic levels or just when playing very loudly? Thanks.
I have had first hand experience with a Mark VI Tenor that had a very airy sounding high A that was fixed using the "panty hose trick" and the effect was dramatic. Myself and others played the sax repeatedly with and without the pip opening covered, and the note was much more clear when the pantyhose slightly restricted the air coming out of the vent.Gordon (NZ) said:I thought the pantyhose trick was supposed to have the same effect as the wedge.
What seems odd to me is that both tricks seem to have been used to 'solve' some rather different problems. Dare I say it... it makes me give a little time to wondering about the placebo effect.