Re: Alto Sax Tone Problems
This sounds to me like the horn is out of adjustment - not a reed issue, necessarily.
Otherwise, it could be the mouthpiece is out of whack - needing to be balanced or adjusted. When I work on mouthpieces, they normally come out the other side much more "reed friendly" than they were before.
When I hear of people desperately trying to find a reed that works with their setup, I always look to everything else first.
Certainly, a crappy reed is a crappy reed, and crappy reeds do exist, but what's more typically the case when only 3 of 10 reeds from a box works for someone is they have a mouthpiece that is out of balance and only works with reeds that are - themselves - out of balance.