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I am trying to solve a Finale problem for a friend of mine who just finished re-copying a hand copied sax quartet, using Finale 12.

To start the issue off, there was no score and he worked from four sax parts, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone. All four parts were written with no key signature, with the arranger adding in all of the accidentals in the arrangement.It was the old standard, Polka Dots and Moonbeams, and the arrangement was really in Bb concert, if it would have been written with a key signature. My friend chose to keep the Finale score and parts with no key signature and every accidental, written in front of notes, as required. He did checkmark the selection of no key signature, where it required in the key signature selection.

Now, the rub. The parts all transposed correctly in the score; however, the playback sounds like Charles Ives arranged it. I checked the playback pitches and they DID NOT transpose. They are playing back on concert pitches. It sounds, terrible! 

Any idea what he did wrong, and even more important, how to correct this issue to get the playback transposed to the correct playback pitches?

I took four measures of his adaption, set up my own score in no key signature, entered my notes by Speedy Entry, and it playback just beautiful in Finale 27. Parts were correct and playback was correct.

Thanks so much for any suggestions.

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I suspect your friend copied the transposed parts into a concert score rather than copying them into a transposed score. So his parts have all actually been transposed twice, once when copied and again when the already transposed parts in the concert score were transposed again.

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It appears that your friend overthought this—easy to do—but you did not. I’m certain that Adrian nailed this one.

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