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Hi all,

I have two Superba 1s - one alto and one tenor.
I'll say up front that I've played sax for about 25 years - I'm a decent player and I have pretty good pitch.

I find that my upper (not altissimo) G and A seem to have a strong undertone - the octave below.
I can lip around it with some work, or choose to accentuate this feature.

Incidentally, a tech who looked over my horn recently remarked that he thought my octave pip hole was the smallest he'd seen.
He couldn't even get his "pip-hole-cleaner" tool into it.

Is this a reasonable explanation for the undertones?

Are Coufs known to have small octave pip holes? or is this a defect in my particular horn?
The horn is in quite good shape so I don't think it is damage or corrosion.

Thank you for your feedback.
BTW I have a similar post about the (flat) intonation of these horns.
-j
 

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I too have experienced lower octave frequencies on high G and A when playing a 1976 Couf Superba II alto (essentially a Keilwerth Tone King). If anybody has insights about the cause of this phenomenon -- or possible remedies -- please share your knowledge here.
 

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G and A don’t use the same octave vents, so while the small neck octave pip might impact the A, it wouldn’t be a factor in the G.
 
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