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Octave Pip Placement / Alteration Help

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I have an issue with G# just above the Staff on Tenor. When I jump to it from anything in the Palm keys it cracks the harmonic.

I am certain that it has to do with the fact that it is the 1st note to be played using the Body's octave Pip - and thus being the one furthest from a perfect acoustic placement of that peticular pip.

Now, I can solve the issue by voicing it differently, however I was wondering if anybody had a mechanical solution to this issue.

The obvious one is to move the pip -and... um..... I dont see that happening anytime soon.

Who has other ideas or proven solutions?

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What interests me when issues such as this come up, is that I have serviced a wide range of models of sax. I play test them when I have finished the work. On sax I am self taught, and have significant playing and pit performance experience, but not a particularly accomplished player.

Yet I have never encountered such problems as the one described.

So I am inclined to believe that the problem is either due to a leak, perhaps as suggested above, or the player (embouchure, mouth cavity, &/or breath pressure), rather than the placement of an octave vent.
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.
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