OK, I got about half way through that, it was just too long winded for me. And, I don't think this is titled appropriately, as the major focus from what I gleaned from it was about tone production, not really the difficulty of learning or playing the saxophone. No mystery here though, as most developing students start on their instrument in grade school concert band and have little or no concept of how a saxophone should actually sound. While I don't disagree with SVS's theory in regards to overtones and all the other techniques to good sound production, I think the most fundamental process to developing a good sound comes through listening. I say this from personal experience. Long before I ever heard of overtones, long-tones or just the word tone itself I was playing along with records, trying to emulate different players. Since I had no formal teaching at that time my sole development was learning to play by ear and trying to sound like the pros I was listening to. So, by the time I did start studying formally I had a good sound and was receiving complements from teachers and students, even though I was lacking in technique in all the other areas. My sax teacher actually said to me one day that I had one of the major hurdles taken care of in the fact that I had good tone production, that the rest would be easier to pick up simply by doing my do diligence and practicing every day, and also no matter how much technique you have, no one will want to listen to you if you sound sad. So, now I'm the one getting long winded, when I could have just simply said you can't develop a good tone without knowing what a good tone is. Anyway, that's just my two cents.