Re: gettin the right sound
Open your throat and take a little more mouthpiece in your embrosure. That should open your sound up a lot. Also, make blowing hot air helps response, especially on low notes, and can add more edge to your sound. As far as mouthpieces go, a legit mpc is gonna get you a legit sound unless you have very good control of the instrument, so look for a good jazz piece (Meyers on alto, Links on tenor and Yanagisawas on soprano are safe).