I change because music sounds different on different horns. Turns out that I think I do a better job developing my embouchure by switching horns once in a while.......but I don’t just change for fun. I change mostly for curiosity.
Yes, a change is as good as a rest! I gave my SML Rev C tenor a couple of hours workout with a mainstream jazz band last week after leaving it stashed in the garage on top of the freezer for six months (been playing the '66 Mk6 exclusively with the rock covers group and jazz during that time). The SML was my first decent vintage horn and still plays very well - to me, it's brasher than the Mk6 but as always, their different 'pieces will have made some difference. Also got the '32 King Volltrue alto out for the same gig - oh my, what a change from the '67 Mk6 - and not in a good way... (sorry Mr White)
I guess that I don't like change...same Alto Sax since 1978 (1963 Mark VI)...same Tenor Sax since 1980 (1941 Balanced Action)...same Clarinet since 1981 (1967 Series 9).
I have a 1931 SSS Alto that I have used as a back-up to my Mark VI on occasion and a Selmer USA Tenor Sax that I have used when the BA was in the shop but...when the main players are working...I play em !
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