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Why Does My Octave Key Fail To Work Temporarily Sometime.

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Hi guys
My octave key doesn't work for notes from G down to D (once in a while). The puzzling thing is that everytime I run into this problem I would swab and dry the horn and start all over again. The octave key seems to recover when the horn is clear of moisture. I don't understand why my horn is behaving this way. Can you guys enlighten me? I am trying to get to the root of it so that I can just fix the one key or pad. Thanks.
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Both above explanations are excellent. The only thing I want to add is to Pete's pipe cleaner in (any) pip tackle. What you are trying to do is take out any and all gunk out of the pip, and water can cling to gunk but will hopefully naturally drain out when clean.
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