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That's good news. By the time of your solo, you seem to have sorted things out just fine. The tone seems to be quite dark in the recording. Did you find this to be the case?It was the first tune I played, and I just had the mouthpiece pushed on too far. Overall, intonation is OK. I think Vibratosax has gotten the body dimensions right. Key mechanism needs some tweaking.
This also may be different, depending on the Vibratosax model. The A1S, which I believe both of our above posters have, looks like it has essentially a pad "snapped" onto a "pearl" and that's it. In other words, you don't have that much even pressure on an entire pad. The other Vibratosax model -- which is the "starter" version -- has a semi-traditional key cup, albeit made of plastic, so you do get a more even pressure on the pad.Is this what is meant by the description of the action on the vibrato sax? If so, is there any means of adjusting the pad or the key cup to "reseat" the pad to touch all 360 degrees at the same time?
I agree. The pads level themselves upon closing because they are secured loosely in the center and they can pivot in any direction. Other pads in the past have used this method with good or bad (Bundy) results.The A1S pads replace the cups. They are all attached to the keys in the center with a small piece that pops into a hole at the end of the key arms. It takes seconds to replace a pad
I think the spongy feel might be due to the coil springs instead of needle springs. It works, just feels different.
Someone on SOTW mentioned this spongy feel and I asked if this happens with the pads. He showed photos and although not necessarily the back, but some areas of the pads were touching the tone holes before other areas, and pretty severe actually. So most likely many other pads had this not so severe, but critical especially for adjustments of stacks. BTW this was on the model with white pads, I think there are two models."Spongy action" or "spongy keys" in tech parlance means that the pad is hitting in the back sooner than in the front of the key cup. The resulting spongy feel is the result of having to squoosh the back of the pad in order to close the front.
I saw the picture of the pad with excessive pressure showing leaks, but I can't make mine do that. Maybe some of the pads were softer than others? I can press mine as hard as I want and they do not deform enough to create a leak. Then again, maybe I am thinking about a picture from an A1, not an A1S. They are very different.also on SOTW a player mentioned that you have to get used to the feel of playing. Meaning if you use too much pressure you essentially push the pad into the tonehole, and thus it leaks. No fixed backing to the pads like the better model.