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I just started playing again after about a 10 year hiatus. I have a Conn 10m that jumps an octave on the lowest D, and I can't seem to get the note stable regardless of what adjustments I make to my embouchure. All other notes seems to be stable, and the low C, C#, B and Bb all come out clean even with a fairly soft attack. Any ideas as to what might cause this?
 

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Does the octave apparatus have a tight seal? Press the octave key and when it rises make sure it is in good contact. That is my problem 90% of the time and D is usually the biggest problem note.
 

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Don't forget that in addition to pads, it's possible for there to be leaks that can't be found with a leak light or paper.

e.g. round the bell/bow joint, tenon and/or mouthpiece cork.
 

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Yeah, time for a trip to your tech. I'd bet anything there's some kind of leak.
 
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