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I'm really happy with my SA80II tenor with one exception. My low D is just a tad stuffy. Every other note speaks well. Just the freakin D. What do you gurus reccomend besides just take it to my tech - she is great at fixing leaks and minor problems but she is an all around repairer - not a master. Heck, she might actually have the solution but I had my leaks and sticky keys fixed in a kamikaze mission Saturday afternoon and really don't want to make a trip back so soon. The stuffy D is an ongoing issue, just such a small one I've failed to address it in the past.....
 

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That's a long ways to go - the felt on that one is almost a half inch thick. The follow up question would be how do I trim the felt down without mangling it? I'm sure there's an easy way.
 

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Is it only the low D (D1) that has this problem? How is your D2, both in terms of intonation and how it sounds?

You might want to read this recent thread, which explains there may be a trade off in preventing D2 from being sharp and how D1 sounds:
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?155615-Fixing-middle-D-intonation
Yes - I read that one which is actually why I thought to start this one. D2 plays like a dream as do all the other notes. IT is possible that it's a bit "off" and I wouldn't notice because I've "learned" to play it in tune. I'll check more carefully later....Actually I'll check it now.
 

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Is it only the low D (D1) that has this problem? How is your D2, both in terms of intonation and how it sounds?

You might want to read this recent thread, which explains there may be a trade off in preventing D2 from being sharp and how D1 sounds:
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?155615-Fixing-middle-D-intonation
Geeze! Thanks for nothing. :) D2 was fine until you got me critically checking it out. Now I've decided it may be a tad stuffy too though nothing anyone but the player would notice...
 

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free the regulator by using a normal size screwdriver one slot to the right of the slit, turn counterclockwise. (one of the f4 slits you see on the head goes all the way to the bottom so after you setted it in the place you can wedge a small screwdriver there and the thread gets "locked".
I'd love to do this but but there's a small problem. I have no idea at all what you are talking about here. :) *** is a regulator? an F4 slit, and what "head" are you referring to?
 

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Eureka! Thanks to EVERYONE for the help - HarmonizerNJ for causing me to question the D2, JBTsax for giving me a method for hearing another option, Jicaino for causing me to laugh at my own ignorance, averageschmoe for reminding me not to blindly follow all advice given on internet forums, and finally Saxhound for having the solution.

The intonation issue is so very small that I adjusted to it the first time I played the note. It only took about a 1/4 turn to bring out the full power and beauty of the "D". (Duh..I never even realized those were screws) Now I am rockin' for sure :)
 
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