Re: Alto Sax surprisingly hard to play?
Bari Saxy, sounds like a combination of a perhaps a leak in your alto (and or) loss of your alto playing chops.
I play tenor and alto, and if I lay off on one or the other for a while it takes me a while to get back where I'm playing OK!! To avoid this I practice both, I alternate days.....
It wouldn't hurt to have your alto checked out by a local repairman. It might just be the horn??.........Kelsey