My girlfriend plays a Ref 54 Tenor and the Octave key has stopped working when the 'G' key is pressed (please excuse me I am completely non musical, but fairly technical!) Now I have had a look to see how this mechanism works and it looks like a joint is rotating when it should be in a fixed position.
What we want to know is this....is this something that could be put down to fair wear and tear, or is it something that should not fail in the first 11 months of use (she is an advanced beginner and plays approx 10 hours per week). She has rung the suppliers and they have said 'oh it's something that happens to beginners! We feel we may have a fight on our hands regarding a warranty case.
Now please bear in mind that I know nothing about the mechanics of the tenor sax or any sax for that matter, but having looked at the mech I believe it works in this way (looking at the picture...)
The octave key when pressed, causes lever 'A'
to move towards the body of the sax, this in turn causes lever 'B'
to move away from the body due to the pivot point being fixed. This works fine, now when the 'G'
key is pressed in conjunction with the octave key, lever 'A'
moves towards the body of the sax, but lever 'B'
stays in place because the pivot point is now rotating with lever 'A'
because the 'G'
lever has moved away from the key by it.
I believe the fault to be in the pivot point rotating on the rod adjacent to it rather than staying still? Is this correct. Or is it that the 'G'
key's cork has worn away and is also out of adjustment and causing the pad 'C'
to open too far?
The ultimate reason for asking this question is.
1. My GF thinks it's a warranty case and want's to go to the supplying shop to get it fixed for free. Trouble is they are a 1.5 hour drive away and will cost about £20 in petrol and I feel they are gonna say it's wear and tear anyways and charge us for the fix. So I think she should take it to the local tech who is reputable and pay anyways and save the petrol!!!! So is it a faulty part, or is this something to be expected given the use of the sax?
Thanks in advance and sorry for droning on and on!!!
Here is the picture of the mech.....