That a good point. My Tone Concept is changing because I'm moving musically in a different direction but somehow it's evolving into something that wasn't my plan but I'm not sure it's better or worse. Just different.To clarify your question, do you mean short-term or long-term?
Are you idealizing a specific sound, but finding you are developing a completely different sound? To me, that seems like a normal thing. Coltrane and Brecker both loved Getz, but you can't say they sounded (sound-specific) anything like him.
A Greene - I know you are a distinguished member and I just joined the forum, but throughout life I have always found that if things are going the way I want, it is either bad strategy or bad execution.....and with the execution the devil is in the details.
....I’m a financial professional by day and I find that I lose customers when I stop doing the basic stuff well. I don’t find new customers when I have bad strategy. Let me relate that to the sax. If you find your tone is deteriorating, it is probably time to get back to the really basic stuff. Some thoughts from my sax playing.
1). I have gotten used to the sound when I play in my basement. When I am upstairs in my living room with 17’ vaulted ceilings, it sounds different. When I am in my office recording my sax on my Mac, everything sounds dead to me.
2). When I stand up, I sound different from when I sit down.
3). If my neck strap is not adjusted perfectly, I find that my tone deteriorates. Mouth angle is important.
4). If I wear a different collared shirt, which impacts the length of my neck strap, I sound different.
5). If my lip gets sloppy and starts to slip out from under my mouthpiece, my sound deteriorates. My ideal embouchure is not a relaxed position for my mouth....bad form is much easier.
6). If I deal with cane reeds, I have complete trouble with consistency, but not a constant deterioration.
7) Last night I thought my tone sucked. After playing my hour session, I swabbed out the inside of my horn, and there wasn’t much in there.....usually I can pour the spit out. I was just too dry to get a good tone....some water would have been helpful. (Are you taking some new meds?)
8). When I practice in the evening instead of the morning, I sound different.
9). When I do duets with my son, who plays the trombone I sound different.
10). When I take a music lesson, I sound different.
11). I find that as my mouth develops, =the reed I need changes.
Sometimes. I give up....take the horn of my neck and take a 10 minute break.....come back downstairs and redo my set-up....Voila, I sound better again.
The list goes on and on.
You sound totally normal.....