Just an update on my problems with 1 to 4hole single draw notes.
Firstly you are all going to be disgusted in me and SPD you are going to be Soooo proud of me hehee.
After endless hours of chugging the 1,2 2,3 and 3,4 holes to try and losen up the reds to aid my feeble attempts at low draw notes…well about 10 actually, I decided that it was time to lok inside the blasted thing and see if there was a reason for my pathetic efforts.
Now this is where you will all be disgusted with me.
Once I took off the cover plates guess what I found? A lovely brown sludge ALL along the reed plates and inside the cover plates. Now I assume this is coffee (at least I hope so ;D,) as I am a heavy coffee drinker. So I cleaned it up nicely, put it back together, waited a while (as you suggested SDP) and tried again with a seriously cleaned mouth. NOTHING. No improvement.
So this is where you will be proud of me SDP. I opened her up again and took off the reed plates to make sure they were all clean underneath - they were_ and thought “sod it” and tried a bit of reed gapping on the 1,2,3 draw reeds. IT WORKED!!! Yeeeeeeeehaaaaa.
I should point out that I practiced on an old Hohner International Traveler that I was given first.
Now I am hitting ALL my draw notes clean as a whistle, I think :-, and can now get on with Working out where the blooming holes are. Hehehe
Thanks ALL for your advice and help with this it has been invaluable.
Live long, Play hard