First of all let me make it clear that I have always been an alto player and that was what I'd always thought I'd be. I've been borrowing a Selmer Series I alto and trying unsuccessfully to find a new one, but although I've tried many, many altos, I have not found one I'm 100% satisfied with. After playing about 10 or so tenors (which originally was just for fun), I have found THE perfect sax. This horn is way better than anything I've EVER played. It plays amazingly from top to bottom, the altissimo just pops out, and the tone is to die for. I swear, if it was possible to be in love with a sax, this one would be it.
This horn belongs to a friend of mine who is planning on selling this tenor, but not till the end of the summer. I've spent a week with the tenor now so I know that's not how I felt just one time. I also have until the end of August with the Series I alto before it must be returned. The problem is that I have finally saved enough money for a new sax (which I'd been planning for a LONG time to be an alto) but if I buy this tenor (it's a good price) then I can't get an alto, because there won't be enough $$ left over for an alto. And since I have to give the Series I back, I'll be without an alto if I buy the tenor. But if I don't buy this tenor, I'll be losing out on a TOTALLY AWESOME sax.
I also have to say that I've always played alto in bands and other groups, and although I've gigged a few times on 2nd tenor, I've basically had no experience playing tenor, whereas I've become a pretty decent alto player. Could I become a tenor player instead? I don't really know, and I've never really thought about seriously playing another kind of sax until now.
So what would you do? Would you give up your dreams of playing alto because you find your 'soul mate' sax, (for lack of a better word) even if it's not the kind of sax you've always wanted? Or would you pass up the opportunity to get this truly amazing tenor to keep working towards your goals to be a good altoist? Would you be able to switch from one sax to another just because of one horn you felt was "the one"? Or do you think that with time you could find that magical feeling with an alto if you kept looking?
I apologize if this is too long of a post, but I just don't know what do do, and I don't want to regret whatever choice I end up making.