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Why is my Martin Committee, although it plays in tune with itself, play 20-30 cents flat on every note? I'm using a Brilhart Tonalin, which should be a good match. I dialed in the mouthpiece as best as I could but now the whole thing plays flat (but in tune with itself.) Any suggestions?
 

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Push in, or firm up your lip, or try a 1/2 step firmer reed.
 

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agreed. But is your breathing apparatus fit enough to provide the extra air pressure that must accompany these measures?

Also, get coolsax to play in a less cool room :)
 

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oops, sorry. I've never played a Martin Committee before and am also getting used to alto from tenor... turns out the mouthpiece was way too far in. I got both my mouthpieces playing in tune with it (runyon custom and brilhart tonalin.) The tonalin is a bit too open so I'm using the runyon now. Plays great but just requires a little careful adjusment on the lowest and highest notes... the intonation seems very good but is generally flexible. but for the palm keys I must lip up a bit, and for the low notes below D I have to expand my mouth a little bit. I have to be a tad bit more attentive to the tuning while playing it, than I was used to. I just recorded myself tonight and posted a clip ('All of me') in the recordings subforum.
 

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Going from tenor to alto you are likely to be flat until you use lip and breath pressure more suitable for alto.

"I have to be a tad bit more attentive to the tuning while playing it"

And when you go to soprano you will have to be a LOT more attentive. :)
 
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