Tenor sax and bubbling sound

by ALAN KING
(FRANCE)

WHY DO I GET A STRANGE BUBBLING SOUND WHEN I PLAY BOTTOM D AND E

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Aug 06, 2009
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Possible fixes
by: SaxyJoe

There are few things that may cause this:

1)Air support

2)The G# key may not be sealing all the way and you can adjust it with a small flathead screwdriver or even a creditcard

3)The pads may old/dirty and need to be cleaned or replaced

4)If it hasn't been in for service in a while, it may need to be regulated

Hopefully that helps, good luck!!

Nov 18, 2010
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It's probably a leaking pad
by: Anonymous

The technical term for that bubbling sound is called "motor-boating". It always happens with the lower notes on a sax. There are several possible causes, as others have suggested. My best guess is that one of the pads is leaking air. If you had a leak-light you could check for leaks. Even a small leak can make a big difference to the performance of your sax. For a sax to work at its optimum, all pads would have an airtight seal hen you press down on the keys.

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