squeaking after switching to new saxophone

by Alondra

I recently started to play the Tenor sax after two months again, note that I am using a different tenor sax than the one I used to use a while back. I started my daily routine and set everything on the shiny new tenor Sax and when I finally tried to play I squeaked and could barely play anything. Is this the saxophones fault or is it my embouchure at fault here? I am also using different reeds,but I used some of my old brand reeds and it still didn't work. Two months ago I could play perfectly on an old Tenor saxophone and had no problems at all. The new saxophone I am using is a Yamaha one.

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Aug 30, 2012
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New squeaky sax
by: Anonymous

I suggest you take it to the store you purchased it from or to a reliable sax tech and have it checked for leaks. Brass is an extremely soft metal and it's very easy for horns to get out of alignment.

Jan 09, 2016
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Reed and Mouthpiece
by: Zach

First get either Rico Royal or Vandoren reeds. If that doesn't work get a Yamaha mouthpiece too ($25 on Amazon.com)That should fix all your problems. Most of the time the reeds that come with new saxophones are Chinese made junk. The mouthpiece is probably okay.

I have a good Yamaha tenor saxophone that I played with a regular cheap Rico reed, not (Rico Royal or Vandoren) and it squeaked on every note. I finally got Vandoren reeds (which are my favorite) and it sounds great and never squeakes.

God Bless
Zach

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