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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000161.txt from 2002/06

From: "Jim Franklin" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Sax Questions
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2002 12:50:33 -0400

Have you tried other mouthpiece/reed combinations? They can make a big
difference in upper register response.

Also, make sure your mouthpiece is very tight on the neck -- any leakage
there will play havoc with those notes -- replace the neck cork if
necessary. I find the high notes pop out much more easily (and in tune) when
the mouthpiece is pretty far down on the neck.

Just some thoughts.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin Fay" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Sax Questions

> Lelia posted many helpful suggestions - after noting:
> <<<I assume you're talking about the side lever notes, not the whole upper
> register from on-staff D on up. If it's the whole upper register, please
> hie thee to a technician!>>>
> Thanks much for the advice, Lelia! The problem lies with D two-and-a-half
> ledger lines above the staff (and points North).
> Unfortunately, it's not a simple matter of a leaky pad, or a maladjusted
> octave key. (For the high F, for example, all of the relevant keys are
> open.) The response is very good everywhere else, even the dreaded lower
> bell tones; this puppy seals tight. The octave key on the neck works just
> fine - it's also been taken off and the tone hole cleaned out, and the
> mechanism checked and re-checked.
> I *wish* it was a matter of adjustment or simple repair, but mechanically
> the instrument is in pristine condition. (I tend to be terribly fussy
> such things, count several good repair techs amongst my friends and visit
> them often).
> My current theory is that the upper octave key tone hole (in the neck) is
> too big - or perhaps too small. Since I have no idea what I'd be doing,
> not going to experiment. Still trolling for ideas!
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