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When your valves aren't lined up properly, each valve combination gives a different timbre. When the timbre changes, a musician will compensate with their chops in order to even out the timbre. By compensating with your chops, you are working harder than necessary to play the instrument. When you are working harder than necessary, the upper register is more difficult.

When your valves are in proper alignment, you don't have to compensate as much to even out the sound. The upper register becomes easier and more consistent.




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