Re: Jazz Sax Setup
You could also try some of the other Vandoren reeds. The Vandoren green Java’s tend to play on the brighter side at least in comparison to the ZZ and V16.
If you have the opportunity to try some ligatures before you buy them I would definitely do so. The fashion in which a ligature makes contact with the mouthpiece and the reed effects the way the reed and mouthpiece vibrate. Rovner leather ligatures tend to dampen the overall sound of the reed and mouthpiece (this also varies depending on the ligatures model). The FL ultimate ligature and a few of the other metal ligatures on the market will probably open the sound of the mouthpiece up a bit. But try them in person if possible; what works for one person does not always work for everyone.