Several threads on SOTW have discussed the "pitch slotting" property of certain saxophone models (i.e. the tendency to resist pitch adjustments away from the fingered pitch). I have chosen to create a new "slotting" thread because previous discussions veered away from the topic or were focused on particular saxophone models. I will, however, bring up a comment posted on one such thread:
Why should a saxophone's good intonation promote pitch slotting? I believe that slotting is not inherently connected to good intonation. In other words, one could conceivably design a saxophone to slot well on out-of-tune pitches. What internal acoustical characteristics of a saxophone promote strong slotting? Which saxophone models have these characteristics? Are saxophone manufactures attempting to create instruments that slot on twelve-tone equal temperament (despite the need of musicians to adjust pitch for a variety of reasons)? Why not just create instruments that have impeccably in-tune pitch centers but don't resist the player's pitch adjustments?More than anything the "slotting" is simply a result of our attention to getting the pitch center of all the notes right.