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BUMNOTE

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Hi just went to put my yani alto back on its stand,somehow it slipped out my hand and landed on its mouthpiece in between the alto stand and the tenor stand,but now cant get a note from it.Nothing obviously bent or broken or loose,tried different mp still the same.Any ideas please:confused:Bumnote.
 

Profusia

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Hi just went to put my yani alto back on its stand,somehow it slipped out my hand and landed on its mouthpiece in between the alto stand and the tenor stand,but now cant get a note from it.Nothing obviously bent or broken or loose,tried different mp still the same.Any ideas please:confused:Bumnote.

Ouch! Sympathies. You could try just playing the mouthpiece with the neck first off and see if you can get the kind of note/tone you'd expect through that. Might at least narrow things down a bit.

You're not too far from Connolly MIR so sounds worth dropping it round to put your mind at rest.

Best of luck with it.
 

jazzdoh

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Sorry to hear about your sax,its sickening,i know its happened to me.

Check that everything is opening and closing as it should,if nothing is obvious looks like a trip to the tech.

Brian
 

jonf

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One of the keys will have been knocked out of whack. It's usually an easy, cheap fix if nothing's actually snaped off. A little while ago I bought a decent Tainwanese sax for fifty quid, on the grounds that it had suffered similar damage. Like yours, not a note would come out of it. I shoved in a light leak thingy and discovered the E palm key had been pushed round a bit, leaving a huge leak. Once it was bent back straight all was well again and the sax played perfectly.
 

Colin the Bear

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Sounds like something has moved. If you're not confident with sorting it yourself then it's a trip to the tech. These little knocks teach us to be careful. My Bari took a tumble from the stand. It must have taken me a week to get it playing again.
 

jbtsax

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Check to see that there is at least a 1/16" gap between the neck octave key ring and the post extending from the body. If there is not, place your thumb between the ring and the body of the neck and then gently push down on the octave keypad. Should you go too far, place a pad slick or tongue depressor under the pad and carefully push back on the ring until the desired gap is achieved.

To test the octave key adjustment---finger G and forcefully hit the thumb octave key several times watching the neck octave pad. It should not move if in good adjustment. Then finger from G to A while pressing the thumb octave. The neck and body octave keys should alternate opening and closing completely.

Get a leak light and check the uppermost pads to make sure they are closing completely. When the saxophone doesn't play at all it is often the high F, F#, or E pads that are not closing completely. If the sax landed hard enough on the mouthpiece it is possible that the upper body got bent toward the bell. If this is the case, the leak light will reveal leaks along the upper stack. This is not as bad as it sounds since an experienced tech can recreate the blow in the opposite direction and put things back in place without too much hassle.
 

BUMNOTE

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Thanks to you all who read and replied to my post...has been sorted by local tech,when i dropped the sax the octave key had a knock,he also checked it out with a leaklight...everything fine now,thanks again:thanks:Bumnote.
 

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