A couple of weeks ago I wrote about losing my 22 year old Selmer Super Action 80 Serie II alto saxophone. It still hasn’t been found, and I’m hoping that the person (insert whatever expletives you desire here) who has not returned it as of yet will suffer severe karmic retribution. I’m still hopeful it may turn up…but you never know I suppose.
Regardless, my parents totally helped me out and gave me the cash to get a new horn. There are the greatest parents in the entire world, for the record, and I don’t know what I would have done without their help. Thanks though to a whole bunch of people that said I could borrow their horn until I got a new one, as well as all the lovely messages people left for me on Facebook. It’s time like these when you know who your friends are!
Last week I tried out about 6 horns and mouthpieces (I lost that along with the horn, a Meyer 8 that I’d been blowing on for 15 years) over the course of 90 minutes, and ended up buying the first sax that I tried – a Roberto’s Wind Pro Alto. It played great and felt very similar to my old sax…in fact if played better than my old sax, which needed a fair amount of work. It has an excellent dynamic range and a beautiful, robust tone. I’m still working at trying to find the instrument’s “cruising altitude,” dynamically speaking, but that’s normal with an instrument of this caliber.
So all’s well that ends well. I’m still thinking that this experience has been the Universe’s way of telling me that I needed to move on to something new and press the reset button.