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by silversax440
(29 posts)
10 years ago

High C tone quality problem

Hi, I play a Yanagisawa A-992, which I purchased a few weeks ago at Chuck Levins' Washington Music Store. Here's my problem: I love the tone quality throughout the horn, however when I play high C (two lines above the staff) the sound quality changes, especially when I play fortissimo. I would describe the sound as a wa-wa affect or kind of like some is moving as I play. Could it be an air leak? or is it something I just need to learn to play around with? I know it is a brand new horn so it will need slight adjustments, is this one of those? and if so what could it be? I do plan on taking it to a woodwind tech near my college when I move in next week, but I am curious to know what the deal is? Thanks, SHAUN

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  1. by Sax Mom
    (964 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: High C tone quality problem

    Could possibly be that the second octave hole is slightly open. Check it out to see if that's where an adjustment is needed.

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    1. by SaxMan
      (559 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: High C tone quality problem

      I would be surprised - theres a mechanism that will only bend in, preventing the upper octave mech from opening far enough. It would be a REALLY freak thing if it got bent out, like a watch band catching in it, and you pull extremely hard without untangling, or a snagged shirt, which I think would most likely rip before it bent it. But then it is a yanagisawa, the brass standards might be softer than most other saxes. I am not sure what you mean by wa-wa, but I suspect you mean it has a "wolfy" tone. (not sure if that is how you spell "wolfy" or not.) Thats caused from your auxilary F key being bent in too much, closing the 2 pads slightly. You probably have the problem in both octaves, but dont notice it in the lower.

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