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aldevis

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If you're looking for a solution on the very cheap, I picked up a couple of small (5 inch) USB powered LED strip lights on a flexible stem at the 99p shop for (no prizes here) 99p. With the aid of a USB extension cable they make a pretty usable leak light.
You can find them on ebay (180861253642) too...but because they're not that well built I reckon 99p is about the right price.
Again, with some epoxy and some heatshrink you could beef them up a bit.

Cheers,

Interesting tip, thank you.
 

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If the horn seems to play better after you've rattled the bell keys a bit then there's a good chance that you might have a problem with an out-of-line bell - and perhaps some excess play in the action.

Have a peek down the bell. Cup your hand around the bell rim to shield light from getting in, stick your face down the bell and very gently close the low B/Bb keys. Look for any slivers of light around the pads (it'll usually appear around the front face of the pad).
Give the bell keys a bit of a wiggle - do they move from side-to-side between the pillars? If so that's a sign of shock damage - a knock to the case that gets trasnmitted through to the horn.

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Thanks for that Steve, have just checked and cant see any light or movement anywhere go could it just be some muck that's lodged somewhere I wonder?
 

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Thanks for that Steve, have just checked and cant see any light or movement anywhere go could it just be some muck that's lodged somewhere I wonder?

I wouldn't have thought it was down to muck...not unless it's the kind of muck that keeps finding its way back after you've given the keys a bit of a jiggle.

Maybe a pad or a piece of cork is a bit swollen, and some brisk working of the keywork compresses it temporarily.
It's often the case that there's a straw/camel's back problem that's just on the cusp of giving out completely, and a bit of jiggling is just enough to put it on the right side of the line.

Cheers,
 

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Well the £3.19 leak light just landed.....what a load of crap! am going to try Steve's suggestion now...
 

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Well the £3.19 leak light just landed.....what a load of crap! am going to try Steve's suggestion now...

How can a light go wrong? Did they hire a creative designer? some senior supervisor?
 

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How can a light go wrong? Did they hire a creative designer? some senior supervisor?
Well instead of being a very bright flexi tube that looked to be about 10mm in diameter as shown in the picture it was actually a flashing, yes flashing! not very bright affair about the thickness of a usb cable, so thin in fact that I was unable to poke it down through the sax without it coming out a tone hole, have just gone and bought the thin strip lamp as suggested by Steve.....
 

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Well instead of being a very bright flexi tube that looked to be about 10mm in diameter as shown in the picture it was actually a flashing, yes flashing! not very bright affair about the thickness of a usb cable, so thin in fact that I was unable to poke it down through the sax without it coming out a tone hole, have just gone and bought the thin strip lamp as suggested by Steve.....

Make a nice package and give it to your guitarist as a present, to be used on stage. Guitarists love flashing things.
 

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Well instead of being a very bright flexi tube that looked to be about 10mm in diameter as shown in the picture it was actually a flashing, yes flashing! not very bright affair about the thickness of a usb cable, so thin in fact that I was unable to poke it down through the sax without it coming out a tone hole, have just gone and bought the thin strip lamp as suggested by Steve.....

I still say you will find it hard to beat my £1 USB laptop light. One pound from our local pound shop, powered by the usb port via a usb extension cable, about 8 inches of led's (not flashing) and can reach all parts of my tenor. for one pound, brilliant..
 

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Unbelievable! the strip light I bought yesterday landed this morning....brilliant! such a shame it doesn't work! I give up...
 

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It's not your week....
Ah silly me! had it wired wrong....works well and very bright, found a bit of light showing on the f keycup with normal pressure, squeeze a bit harder and it disappears, and a bit on bottom b, again it disappears if I squeeze everso slightly more than normal. am wondering now do I or don't I have two leaks....but looking at the bigger picture, does it effect my playing? hmm not really so I guess all is well in Skaville....
 

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The problem with looking for leaks in your saxophone is knowing what to do if you find one. :w00t:
 

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Ah silly me! had it wired wrong....works well and very bright, found a bit of light showing on the f keycup with normal pressure, squeeze a bit harder and it disappears, and a bit on bottom b, again it disappears if I squeeze everso slightly more than normal. am wondering now do I or don't I have two leaks....but looking at the bigger picture, does it effect my playing? hmm not really so I guess all is well in Skaville....

You have 2 leaks. Off to the techs asap!
 

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