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I just purchased a Mark VI Soprano 269XXX - It's basically a closet horn. Everything appears original looks and feels great. There's a few wonky notes pitch wise - the key height is OK but a couple seem strange. Possibly old cork or maybe it was never set-up correctly back in 1978. In any case, I plan to have the Oleg Side Keys Risers and Front F installed - I'm also going get the set-up check.

What are some set-up issues you've encoutered concerning the VI soprano? Do certain key heights work better than others? What are the tricks with setting up this horn. Thanks A. Greene
 

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A relatively open mouthpiece can help voice the upper palm key notes. Before adding a front F, try substituting the B and G keys for it, adding the F key and side Bb for F#. Work up by releasing the F key and again by adding the side C.
 

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Thanks Grumps

The palm keys are actually workable - The only reason that I'm adding the front F is to match my alto and tenor. I don't want to be in the middle of a solo - go for something and then remember - Oh Yeah this horn doesn't have the front F key. :shock:

There are absolutely alternative fingers that work. Thanks for the heads-up.
 

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Front F tends to work very poorly on many sopranos. For example, it is far more difficult to use Front F on current Selmer Paris soprano models than front F is on their alto or tenor models.

So perhaps you don't want to reach for it after all. :)
 

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Gordon (NZ) said:
Front F tends to work very poorly on many sopranos. For example, it is far more difficult to use Front F on current Selmer Paris soprano models than front F is on their alto or tenor models.
Actually, the front F is pretty uncomfortable on their tenors too, at least according to a friend of mine who plays current Selmer Paris alto and tenor. He built up (or rather, built side) the key with epoxy, making it bigger (but not taller) and much closer to the B key. I think he did it only with his tenor, but maybe the alto too (can't remember).
 

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I didn't really mean poor ergonomically. I meant acoustically poor. Very fussy and poor response.
 

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where would you get sll this oleg stuff from? I would really like to apply them to my yani s6 (exact mark6 copy)..
what thumbrest would you recomend?
 

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olegproducts.com - there's a neckstrap ring that actually fits in the lyre holder. pretty slick.

FOLLOW-UP - I tried the Oleg Side (Bb, Side C, High E) Key risers and am not sure they're for me. They do fix the High E issue but bring the Bb to low. It's not a hugh problem for me to play as is - just thought I give it a try. Hopefully, I can send it back.

I had the Front F put on a previous VI (Which I shouldn't have sold) I thought it worked great. The tech I'm working with is much more familiar with custom work so I hoping for the best.
 

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I did not get that in the previous threads.. I thought you were talking about the
highD,Eb andF keys, High F is too low for me..
 

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Yeah - the palm key High F is to low- Oleg does sell "Skyscaper" risers but I'll probably just glue a bit of cork and sand it until it feels more natural.
 

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Sometimes the simple solution is a little judicious bending. But you need to know what you are doing, especially with the F.
 
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