Re: What kind of mouthpiece should I start with?
first off im suprised no one has asked what sax you play seeing as how you are just starting i would definitly not say go for the otto link especially not the metal, you will fight with it, and especially not if you are an alto playe, i agree with jim about how C*'s are terrible for jazz, i mean i play mine for old school big band harry carney stuff, BUT I've worked with that mouthpiece forever so I can push the limits of its sounds, but yea C* not good and overpriced.
anyway... my recomendation PICK YOUR OWN MOUTHPIECE obviously, go somewhere you can try them, but try and stay away from metal if you're new and alot of new metal pieces are trash anyway new links are trash compared to old links, they got cheap with materials.
some hard rubber links
some runyon stuff
MEYERS! definitly if you are new try a meyer, 5m if you're a guy 6m if you are a girl
rico royal like jim said (listen to this guy)
some vandoren pieces are good
anyway still just go some where play around with many models of them different openings different ligatures different reeds of different thickness, my favorite is to record them all seperate using the same thing every time like a scale and easy song (as not to know when you played what) and listen to recording in different orders, but i have a fancy recording dealy so i can mix up tracks
my other advice is dont be taken in by shams and hip new trends, like everyone else has a meyer, if everyone else sucks and they play meyers and you get a vandoren and you kick there butts forget them
ok well after rambling on if you read all this happy hunting