Re: 57 year old starting the sax...neck question
Changing necks isn't really a beginners thing to do. I would first find a MPC and Lig setup you were completely satisfied with, maybe one for lgeit and jazz, before you ever thought about changing the neck. Also you need to check the saxes mechnics and make sure they are easily interchangeable with a more stock neck. Some designs don't lend themselves to replacement. I would definatly wait on replacing the neck unless it is damaged beyond repair. For just sound, work on your MPC and LIG setup first, then if you are completely happy go shop for a new tenor neck. They will probaby be around $400 new. I personally think it's a bad idea, because the neck designer didn't design the rest of the horn, how can you be sure he was thinking of your manufacture when he made it. Like any industry, they will design for their most likly buyer. More popular saxes are Keithworth, Selmer, Yani, and Yamaha. An aftermarket neck wouuld probably fit though horns better.
My horn, a black nickel alto cannonball came with 2 necks. Silver and Black Nickel. Silver tends to be warmer, and yes this can be true able this neck.