I apologise because this must be a common problem, but I can't find a thread which obviously addresses it. When I try to play notes from low C downwards on my tenor, every note starts with a high-octave honk before settling down to the proper note. This is hopeless when you are trying to play a tune as the moment has passed before the note arrives! I have little problem on the alto and none on the soprano, which is probably significant, but I don't know how. I have tried changing the following variables: Reed type Reed position on mouthpiece Ligature type Ligature position on mouthpiece Amount of mouthpiece in mouth Embouchure 'squeeze' strength Angle of instrument into mouth I have also tried to vary how I blow/breathe/tongue. The sax has recently been serviced and pronounced in good condition. I am sure, deep down, that it must be a problem with breathing/embouchure, but I don't know how to work on them. Any suggestion will be very welcome, even if it's only the assurance that concentrating on, say, long tones will eventually work the miracle. Thanks - I feel better for that.