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Hi All,

I thought I was going crazy but my new YAS26 is ridiculously sharp - I play an A and it's practically a C. Play a C and it's a D#. The mouthpiece is about halfway along the cork, and even pulling it right back until it's falling off doesn't come close to the right tuning.

What is going on?

Thanks in advance...
 

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Are you reading off of a tuner? If so it's probably giving you notes in concert pitch, instead of the pitches that you read.
An Alto Sax is in the key of Eb, which means a written C comes out as an Eb, an A as a C, and so on with every note being the same internal away. You sound like you're a bit flat actually, considering you said an A is almost a C.
 

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Oh, I see!

*Reads all about transposition...*

Ah, I get it!!!

*tunes sax A to C on tuner*

Sweeeet 😎

Thanks TrueTone!!!!!
 

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Welcome to transposing instruments....
 

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Are you reading off of a tuner? If so it's probably giving you notes in concert pitch, instead of the pitches that you read.
An Alto Sax is in the key of Eb, which means a written C comes out as an Eb, an A as a C, and so on with every note being the same internal away. You sound like you're a bit flat actually, considering you said an A is almost a C.
This.
 

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As if learning a new instrument wasn't confusing enough :)
 

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Practically a C.... That means you're flat, BTW. ;)
 

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I had the same problem. A mixture of how much to push the mouthpiece in and the fact that it's a transposing instrument and my tuner app was a little slow.

Try different apps, if you are using them or just make sure you set your tuner to Eb. If you can't, look up "transposing table saxophone". There you can manually check if you are playing tuned correctly.
 

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*LOL*
Yeah they don't really give instructions with tuners to explain this do they. I just remember in middle school band where the band director would call out all these different notes to each horn section and have us all play it together and explain why each horn was playing a different note that sounded the same.
 

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Stated differently: Waaaaaay sharp - C is an Eb !
 

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I have got to stay off this beginner's forum - every time I see a post like this it gives me high blood pressure and I start to write very pointed comments.
 
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