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 Re: Backun Alpha players!!
Author: Gordon Giedt 
Date:   2016-04-15 06:53

I bought an Alpha about a month ago to play while my Selmer Series 9 was in the shop with a serious crack. My experience with the Alpha's intonation is different from yours. To me it plays pretty evenly in-tune, with few notes needing special attention. I use a Morgan R-28 mouthpiece and either Rigotti 3.5 soft or D'Adderio Reserve Classic 3.0 reeds.

The spread of the 12ths is much less than on my Series 9. The F# at the top of the staff is a bit flat with my right middle finger, a bit sharp using the right ring finger, and pretty dead on with the sliver key. The G# above the staff is a a couple cents flat, perhaps needs to be vented a bit more. Notes above the G# are consistently in tune.

In the Altissimo using the right hand pinky on the Eb key is much more crucial to keeping the pitch up than on the Selmer, but I guess that's a good thing in that it reenforces correct fingerings.

To have an F# register as an F indicates there is something out on your instrument. You say you have had it a little over a year. Is this a new problem or has it always played flat above the staff?

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