My tenor is a Mauriat LeBravo, and it's served me extremely well in the four years I've had it. However, just lately I've noticed that when I come down from notes above high A, which use the neck octave pip, to high G, F, E or D which use the body octave pip, these body octave pip notes can be a bit stuffy. The same thing doesn't happen if I go from a low note up to a body octave pip note.
On inspection I can see that when I go up to a note using the body octave pip, the body octave pip pad lifts fully, which is around 2mm I should think, and rests on the cork of the stop arm. But when I come down from a neck octave pip note to a body octave pip note, the body octave pip does not open fully, and does not go right back to the stop arm, and I assume this is why when I come down to a body octave pip note they sound stuffy.
I've looked and looked to see why the body octave pip should behave differently depending on whether I'm coming down to it or going up to it, but I can't for the life of me see why this should be. I've read the appropriate paragraphs of Stephen Howards Saxopone Manual, and excellent though his description of the body octave pip operation is, it doesn't offer an explanation of or cure for this particular problem.
So I should be grateful for any ideas on how to make the body octave pip open fully when coming down to it from a neck octave pip note.........thanks!