Dumb question from a beginner: Are the keys (and general ergonomics) more spread out on a tenor in comparison to an alto? I'm learning on my daughter's hand-me-down '80s King 613 alto and it seems more than a bit squeezy for big, basketball palming hands. Especially the right pinky table...which seems like it's in a really awkward spot.
I'm asking because I will be in the market for a sax of my own, and while I like the alto sound, my hands aren't getting any smaller.
The Pinky of a 613 is just plain...bad. Located badly, and engineered badly. Crazy as it seems, the tables on the older Clevelands (the 613 is a renamed "Cleveland" model, basically) was much quicker and more navigable. So in their evolution of the model, they made the keywork worse, actually.
So I am not sure if it is the Alto size which is the issue as much as it is that particular model you have there.
I do NOT think you would necessarily HAVE to move to Tenor due to ergonomics due to scale of your hands. Some makers do have a reputation for being better for large or small hands....yes. But as most have stated here, it should not deter you from sticking with Alto if that is what you like.
I mean, I think it'd be fair to state that vintage pinky tables were/are more of a 'reach' than the modern Selmer/Yamaha-esque ones are (which to me tend to feel more 'on top of me')...so I think there would be some justification in saying that some traditional pinky tables might suit larger hands better.
Then there are some 3-across tables (meaning the Bb can be activated by moving the pinky to the left of the B) where the B touch is kinda "hidden" in between the C# and the Bb....Some Bueschers were like this. Didn't take much to acclimate to it, but indeed the scale of that touch was physically small.