Re: Yanagasawia 990 urgent question
It sounds to me like Johnson is on the right track. The moves describing the problem, when they occur, are such that the instrument is changing from the octave key on the neck to the one on the body, or the opposite. These Yanigasawa saxes are remarkable instruments, but are of an alloy of brass softer than average, so to speak. Look at where the octave mechanism is on the instrument. You handle that part of the horn alot, especially when not playing. How do you store the neck? In the bell? This possibility might change the curve of the neck octave key, causing misadjustment. Think soft. As I re-read this before posting, I also have a thought about a G# key hanging open. Play F# or below and the G# articulation screw will close it; above A, and the misadjustment doesn't matter. Let the repairman of record on this instrument check these things. Yes, PSU, it takes more than wiggling the fingers to play the horn.. But one should make sure the sax is tight and right before putting the onus on the player, especially at so great a distance.