I've been playing alto sax for a little over 5 years (YAS-21, Larry Teal mpc., Vandoren Java #3 reeds). Last year I switched to playing tenor at school (YTS-23, Hite Premiere mpc., Vandoren Java #3 reeds-all provided by the school except for the reeds). This is the first year that I am old enough to try out for district band, so i've been working like crazy on my solos(alto&tenor). I play the tenor only at school, and i rarely bring it home, mostly because it's very inconvenient. The tenor sax is pretty old, and i've bugging my director to get it fixed for months, because i couldn't play low B, Bb, or C# at all. The result of all that is that i've been practicing BOTH solos primarily on alto sax. Yesterday i got my tenor back, and while i can finally play all the notes, it still sounds like crap. I brought it home for the weekend to work on my solo, and i just played it, and was absolutely shocked. It sounded SOOOO bad I could hardly believe it. I've just recently been really finding a good tone on my alto, and it was a huge shock to hear myself play that terribly on the tenor. My director is presuring me into playing tenor for all the auditions and county band, and i honestly don't want to at all, because it sounds that bad. I'm embarrassed to even have people hear me play it.
I've been suspecting for awhile that the mouthpiece leaves much to be desired, but it's hard to tell, because i've never played another one. What could my problem be, and how should i go about fixing it. I don't really have the funds to buy a really good tenor sax mpc., having just bought a new alto one. Could it be something else? Please help me!!!!