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I started playing bari a little while ago, and whenever I get done playing it and switch to tenor, my sound is horrible. I am seriously getting tired of having that nasty sound and not being able to play under low D. I could leave the bari sitting in the case and not play it in months and still come back with a good sound. It justs come natural with the bari. tenor is a different story. I can't go a couple of days without tenor if i play bari at the same time.

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Don't slam your tenor against a wall.

Try not switching back and forth for awhile. Play tenor one day, bari the next, etc. Until you're stable on both.
 

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I prefer the Eb saxes to the Bb ones. You just have to keep at it!!!!Keilwerth saxes respond great from low D down due to their big bell/bow. One of the reasons I have a JK tenor.
 

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Are your mthpcs similar???If they are really differant(one small chamber,one big chamber etc) that could cause problems. If you are using a open tip on bari and then a close tip on tenor or vice versa that could cause problems. I use meduim close to meduim facings on all my saxes.
 

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Just play bari!

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SBramblett said:
I started playing bari a little while ago, and whenever I get done playing it and switch to tenor, my sound is horrible. any suggestions??
I played only bari for two months once and then went back to tenor. My embouchure was so weak I could bare keep air from leaking out the corners of my mouth. I assumed it was because playing bari gives you a bird-dog-gentle mouth. But maybe it was just the way I played it.
 

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This is just speculation. Could it be that because the bari piece is wider, your chops at the sides of your mouth, the part you must keep shut, develop farther out? When you clamp those same chops over a tenor piece, there are weak spots that can't clamp down?

I have that happen if I take an extended tour on some other instrument and then return home and pick up the sax. I need to build up those muscles at the sides of my mouth all over again, but it doesn't take long. For a brief time, air and spit leak out while I'm playing.
 

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Al Stevens said:
This is just speculation. Could it be that because the bari piece is wider, your chops at the sides of your mouth, the part you must keep shut, develop farther out? When you clamp those same chops over a tenor piece, there are weak spots that can't clamp down?

I have that happen if I take an extended tour on some other instrument and then return home and pick up the sax. I need to build up those muscles at the sides of my mouth all over again, but it doesn't take long. For a brief time, air and spit leak out while I'm playing.
Yeah, that's probably what's going on, Al. And like you, it comes back quickly.
 

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I used to have a hell of a time switching between bari and teno when I first started bari.

Keep at the practice, and eventually the change will become normal to your embrochure. I feel comfortable now to the point that if the need arose I could go from bari to sop in one gig and not think about it.
 

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I suggest you send the tenor to me.:twisted:

what is it??
 
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