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Sluggish G# key. Easy fix?

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My Conn 6M pictured in my avatar is starting to have an issue with the responce of the G# key. Actually the keytouch works fine. It's the keycup that is slow to lift off the the tone hole. It's not sticking. Just slow to move or only lifts halfway. I assume it needs a spring replacement, but the mechanics in the area is very tight and I can't tell what's going on (or not) there.

Is this an easy DIY fix or is tech visit in my future?

Please help :help:
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It could very well be gunk that has settled in the pivot screw pockets or key rod/tubes of the parts in question.

Does this problem go away temporarily when you oil these areas? If so, that may be the source rather than the springs or spring tension.

Did your horn take any knocks in that area recently? A bent rod or kink in the rod/tube, or a key rod post that has moved off center could cause an issue such as this too.
Carl H. said:
If you are comfortable with it, disassemble it (the G# key), clean the rod, apply a light application of appropriate lube (not WD40) and reassemble. Probably wouldn't hurt anything, but I've seen people do amazing things unintentionally.
I agree. If it is indeed gunk build up, even if you oil it and it solves the problem temporarily, without cleaning this abrasive material out of the pivot screws/key rods it will wear away at the internal workings of these parts. That isn't a good thing.

Thoroughly cleaning the disassembled parts, and then oiling them before reassembling will insure everything is in tip top shape and function.
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