Re: spiff up the sax
What set of pads are you looking at getting? And what mouthpiece? My advice is to try a whole bunch of different jazz mouthpieces. A jazz piece a lot of students and some pros as well are using is the Otto Link Tone Edge, which is hard rubber. The older metal links are great too. I have a 54 NY vintage Link for tenor, and I've found nothing better. Also maybe try a Meyer. I would reccommend a Meyer too maybe. A lot of people go with the 5m, but get a 6m, you'll get a way bigger sound. And as far as Otto Link, try a 6*, or a 7 if you can put enough air through it; you'll definetly need a lighter reed going to that from a standard selmer, because of the bigger chamber.