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by Benders_Here
(2 posts)
1 week ago

Equipment advice for sound searching

I'm not exactly new to saxophone, but I'm new to the world of non-stock equipment and I'm having a bit of trouble finding the sound I want. I currently have a Yamaha YAS-23 Alto, and I love it to death. With it, I've been using a hard rubber Meyer 6, Vandoren V16 (3 1/2) reeds and a Rovner C1HL ligature. I don't dislike the sound the combination produces, it's just not what I want. I primarily use my Alto for Jazz, and not so much Classical. I'm looking for a tone that's crisp and bright, but also very warm. I also should include that I'm a college student, so I don't really have a big budget. I'm not prepared to get a new saxophone either, so I'm more looking for tips on mouthpiece, reed, or ligature modifications. Thank you!

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  1. by mijderf
    (62 posts)

    1 week ago

    Re: Equipment advice for sound searching

    This is a fairly tough post to reply to because you mention that you want a bright tone, but also very warm.  One thing I recommend is checking out the alto sax mouthpiece reviews from Steve Neff.  One piece that might interest you can be found here:

    http://www.neffmusic.com/blog/2017/01/phil-tone-jz-alto-saxophone-mouthpiece-review/

    Also, if you are looking for better tone, you could consider trying a softer reed, maybe someting like a Rigotti Gold 3 light.  I would work with mouthpieces and reeds first, and hold off on ligatures until after you find a mouthpiece/reed combination that you like.  In general the impact of a ligature is small in comparison.

    Good luck! 

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    1. by Benders_Here
      (2 posts)

      1 week ago

      Re: Equipment advice for sound searching

      Thank you very much! I'll look into his reviews and see if I find something I like. Thanks again for your help!

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