I agree.I think that loud playing and harsh attacks are fairly normal for a beginner.
Just keep practicing and things will get better.
Nicely done.....soft soldered ?See the Linkage from F key auxiliary to the Bis key? It was missing. Sometimes cut it off in the past.
Yes, I think its is strong enoughI agree.
The mouthpiece you have there is a typical stock sorta German-Czech/East European mouthpiece of the period. The chamber is sorta horeshoe-ish, so it isn't gonna produce a particularly 'dark' tone.
If after a few more weeks you feel your sound is not mellowing and rounding out a bit on its own, you could try another mouthpiece with a more old-school round, large chamber...but I would not do that yet. Try a softer reed first.
Nicely done.....soft soldered ?
.I was wondering if I should better sell it and get an used student model Yamaha tenor instead. I am tempted to switch to a more modern horn for the newer machanics, although this one sounds very nice.
Well...wait, though. That isn't the entire question..The question is whether your current horn is causing you problems. If it is, then getting another one may be a good idea - it’s hard enough to learn the saxophone without fighting your instrument.
A complete and total fallacy. A vintage horn, worked up into good, regulated playing shape....is no more costly or expensive to keep in good playing shape than a modern one.I agree 100%, but... I thought that the more modern horns would be easier to setup/maintain due to the newer mechanics.
Very good, and I didn't mean to "dis" your abilities in any way...I know you have experience with brass instruments so you are way ahead of the usual DIY'er curve.And by the way, I managed to dial my horn to the point of tuning individual notes, like the side C, wich was too sharp. Now is perfect in tune and sounds great. The horn now plays from top to bottom, quite evenly.