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Hello, I am having difficulties with too many notes and now I just need help. The difficulty is just the amount of pressure i have to put into a note in order to get it play, and once it does play it will squawk,try to fizzle out, or jump octaves when at lower register..

Notes being: Low C#, Low F#, Mid G#, Middle C, Mid D, High G, High G#, and High A.

My Tenor is a Conn 34M, with minor dents. Mouthpiece is a FAXX FS6* [Hard Rubber Classical tone]. I use a thickness size 3 Vandoren JAVA Reed.

Problems for each note specifically:

Low C# - Takes way too much breath in order to play and can only be held out if I play it at FF
It does not carry a pure tone at that volume and will eventually squeak/squawk/squeal no matter what embouchure I set.

Low F# - This note will attempt to jump octaves when played around MF - PP. It feels as if its fighting back and has a very thin, dead tone.

Mid G# - when articulated with much frontal, like with staccato it will sometimes sqeak, and mostly "chuddle" until the note's pitch is acquired.

Mid C - Very much the same problem as with playing a Low F#. Has a very thin, dead tone. It also needs an exaggerated amount of pressure to play.

Mid D - can only act as one of the uninjured notes if i don't use vibrato. In order to keep its usual pure, rich tone like all my other healthy notes my embouchure must be completely tight and not budge. It has no leniency, otherwise it will octave jump or fizzle out.

High G - Acts the exact same as when playing a mid G#, it will squawk and or "chuddle" until it finds its pitch.

High G# - Acts the exact same as when playing a mid G#, or High G. It will squawk and or "chuddle" until it finds its pitch. It will also do this when playing through it slurred.

High A - this note is airy beyond belief. The note being played itself sounds fine, but it feels like 50% of my air is shooting through the octave key neck hole/cap. the hole 2 inches from the butt of the mouthpiece.



I have been playing saxes for around 8 years, I've played in honor bands, local orchestras combos, and other musical groups.I understand and posses a fine, well-rounded, rich tone on my Tenor despite its flawed body and student-level reputation. These annoyances I am having, I have Concluded, Are a flaw in the Sax itself. Feedback and help would be much appreciated as I start Marching Camp within the next week.

Thank you


Bryce McNulty
 

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It's time for a trip to the repair tech.
 

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I was hoping that wouldn't be an answer, this guy is is the only woodwind repair specialist in town so he racks the prices up way too overboard.

like 40$ for re corking the neck
 

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Bryce,
Please call Scott at Aeolus Music (open 7 days a week from 8am to 11pm) at 626-319-2245. Located in Rosemead, CA. He is my tech and his price is very, very reasonable.
He will check it out for you at no charge.

Sincerely,
NP.
 

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Bryce,
It is too early in the morning for me. Your location is Chico, CA. (Northern California), I thought I saw Chino.
Sorry.
But you still can call him, he won't charge you over the phone.
NP.
 

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I was hoping that wouldn't be an answer, this guy is is the only woodwind repair specialist in town so he racks the prices up way too overboard.

like 40$ for re corking the neck
I'm afraid there is no way around it for you.
 

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I would love to help you Bryce. But you would have to ship the horn to me because you are several hours away from me. I'm in So. Cal.
 

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Go to Sacto...there are good, reasonable techs there. You've got a few leaks which need checking out; possibly some keywork adjustment, too.
 
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