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Any Ideas on Mechanical Causes of Reluctance of G1 and G#1 to "Speak" Cleanly ?

rhysonsax

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I love the sound of my Rampone & Cazzani semi-curved soprano but it has a slight playability issue that I would like to sort out, if possible.

The G and G# in the lower octave often don't "speak" cleanly when I move to them, especially if slurring onto them. I doesn't seem to affect the second octave.

I don't get the same issue on my other sopranos or other sizes of sax, so I think it is likely to be a problem with the R&C - either due to the design or to a mechanical problem, like a minor leak somewhere.

Any ideas of what could be causing this and how to put it right ?

Rhys
 

jbtsax

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You might try the following test. Slowly slur the notes above G down to G in the following pattern:

G#- G - A - G - Bb - G - B - G - C - G - C# - G - D - G

I am assuming the problem does not occur slurring notes below G up to G, but you can try the following test as well.

G - F# - G - F - G - E - G - Eb - G - D - G

The results of this test may provide a clue as to what might be the cause. Also try making both soft and loud entrances on just the note G to see if it "speaks" in order to eliminate that the note or fingering itself may be part of the problem.
 
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rhysonsax

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Thanks for your suggestions.

I'm not getting very consistent results, but am finding that the F# 1 doesn't speak cleanly now, with either fingering.

Everything is fine in the upper octave, so I suppose the octave key makes the harmonic sound strongly and that sort of overcomes the reluctance to speak.

I think I will have to drag it off to the workshop.

Rhys
 
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rhysonsax

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I took the R&C to the tech today and he found that the G# was lifting slightly (sorted by a minor turn on a screw) and there are small leaks on the Bis and the next pad up. Those two pads can only be accessed by taking quite a bit of mechanism apart so I have left the instrument with him. It will be good to have it back and in top playing condition.

Well diagnosed by @jbtsax and @Colin the Bear !

Rhys
 

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Sometimes it's possible to work a cork shim or two into place without much dismantling. Sometimes a sliver of duct tape will shim it. Sops are so fiddly. Like working on a clock.
 
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