Who would have thought that a $23 piece of plexiglas would make such a difference in enjoyment of stage performances?
I'm talking about the soundback reflector for sax (with the mic clip that lets you change the angle of the reflective surface relative to a downward-pointing mic.)
I had a chance to use my soundback with my 11-piece horn section R&B band for the first time last nite at a bar gig. This band has very loud stage volume. Even though we usually hire a good sound man who configures a decent monitor mix, it was nothing like hearing my tone reflected back up to me un-processed! I clipped the soundback to the microphone CLIP of my Sennheiser MD 421, not to the mic itself. This is because the weird clip of that mic is actually horizontal when the mic is pointed down toward the bell of my tenor.
The soundback was really a HUGE help to make sure my intonation was locked in, and that I was getting a (smokin') tone on my tenor setup for pop/rock/R&B: (Cannonball Stone Series Ice-B tenor with JodyJazz DV 7* mouthpiece, and Lavoz medium reeds). It was really reinforcing. It also helped me work more dynamics into my solos since I could play softly and still hear what I was doing.
Usually, I start getting burned out about the third set (out of four), since I've played with this band for 8 years, and the line-up of horn section tune classics doesn't change much. Last nite, tho, the time just seemed to fly by, since I could really, REALLY hear the sound I was making.
If you're like me and no longer a frequent clip-on wanderer (or with 11 players, there's not much room for on-stage conniptions anyway), this is really something to check out, IMHO.