Re: Mpc-lig combo for broad dark sound
If you're going for a dark sound for legit work I'd say stay away from metal. For tenor I've had good luck with Selmer S90s and Vandoren T20s. I also know some poeple that have good sounds with a Rousseau 4 (The old model, I can remember what it's called). The Ligs I've had good experience with are Vandoren Optimums, BG gold plated traditional, Bonades, and Winslows (if you can get ahold of one).
Many people disagree on this, but I really don't like fabric ligatures like Rovner and the BG "revelutions". I think they dampen the sound and they don't allow the reed to vibrate as much as metal ligs. Plus, fabric ligs don't keep the reed in place like metal ligs.