"We don't determine music, the music determines us; We only follow it to the end of our life: then it goes on without us." -- Steve Lacy
TENOR mpc: Selmer Soloist E (one of the new ones but a good one); Rovner Dark Lig, Rico Jazz Select 3M filed (although I'm almost ready to move to 3H)
ALTO mpc: Selmer S80 C* with Rico Reserve Classic 3's; also have a vintage metal C* on which Hemke 3's play well; and also a Meyer 5M with Rico Jazz Select file 2H's
SOPRANO mpc: Selmer S80 G (came with the horn when I bought it), Rico Jazz Select 3S.
Selmer Mark VI Tenor (74xxx) with Otto Link STM 6*, Francois Louis Ultimate ligature, Rico Jazz Select 3M filed,Selmer Mark VII Alto with vintage C*, Rico Reserve Classic 3,
Buescher TT Soprano (1924), Selmer S80 D, Hemke 3, plus Selmer clarinet, Gemeinhardt Flute and Piccolo
New Yani mouthpiece (5)
Lig? I dunno, it's kinda honey gold like Selmers. 2 Screw
The Martin Tenor
Jody Jazz HR 8* mpc
Rigotti Gold 2.5 light's
I've switched things around the last year - I'm now playing on a Selmer Serie III matte finish tenor (set up by TenorMadness) with an RPC 110B, Vandoren Java 2.5 reeds and an older than dirt Brillhart three ring lig that I got used back in college years ago.
Great combination. The Bois lig worked well with the RPC as well but tends to be a little boomy. The Brillhart seems to even out the response through the horn (somehow).
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." Aldous Huxley
Selmer Serie III Tenor, Yani 900 Bari, '24 True Tone Bass, Buffet S1 Bb Clarinet..
Tenor: King Tempo
MOC: Otto Link Tone Edge 7
Reed: Legere 2 with Selmer ligature
1933 C.G. Conn New Wonder Transitional (silver) | Customised by Steve Crow
Brilhart Ebolin 4* mouthpiece
Vandoren MO ligature
Alexander DC 3.5 or 4 reeds
Matt London ~ Saxophonist, Composer and Blogger
Reference 54 Tenor
Otto Link STM NY (with original lig--I mess around with others, but always come back)
Legere Studio cut reeds
Selmer Mark VII
Otto Link Vintage Tone Master 6*, stock ligature for now..
Vandoren Java Red Box 3 1/2's
Jazz is a mental attitude rather than a style. It uses a certain process of the mind expressed spontaneously through some musical instrument. I'm concerned with retaining that process.
— Bill Evans
Martin "Indiana" Tenor Saxophone
Beechler 7 "JazzMing Chameleon" mpc
VanDoren 2's (for the now...I'm still learning how to ride this Luscious Beast!)
P.Mauriat System 76 2nd Edition w/ Dark Laquer
Otto Link NY STM 8* w/ stock ligature
Vandoren V16 3.5 strength
45,xxx Selmer SBA
Handmade Guardala MBI
Vandoren Java 3
Horns: 1951 Selmer SBA Tenor, Handmade Guardala MBI; CE Winds Artist Series DS Baritone, Dukoff D7; CE Winds Omega Curved Soprano, Barone Vintage HR, Akai EWI 4000S
'36 Conn 10M tenor silver / '68 Selmer MkVI tenor silver - handmade Guardala Super King / Rovner light lig / Vandoren V16
Modern HR Link - refaced by Phil-Tone
Rigotti Gold 3 light -medium.
Theo Wanne Brahma
Keiwerth SX90R Vintage
Sugal SG II .107 - modified a lot; I have changed everything
Original Sugal lig.
Vandoren V16 reeds (2.5 or 3)
Julius Keilwerth SX90II soprano - Runyon Custom .070 - V16 2 / Cannonball Big Bell Stones Series alto - Beechler Custom Bellite .085 - Red Java 2.5 / JK SX90R Tenor - Sugal KW II .110" - V16 3 / Taishan baritone - Vandoren V16 B9 - Vandoren ZZ 2.5
Borgani Vintage tenor
Freddie Gregory Mark VI 7* mouthpiece
Marc Jean ligature
Rigotti Gold 2 1/2 reeds
Selmer Mark VI, Ted Klum Focustone Solid Silver Handcrafted 0.108" mpc, Rigotti Gold 3M reeds, Marc Jean ligature
Since last week I am a tenor sax owner:
Buescher Aristocrat Big B 156 series, vintage 1949 - 1950
Otto Link 5* metal
A whole mixed bag of reeds to try out.
I needed a tenor sax quick and an old friend wanted rid of some of his collection, so I went along to try some. There was an old Selmer Mk 4 (I was expecting to choose the Selmer) and a Conn Ladyface and this battered old Buescher. The Selmer was nice but not special, the Conn was too hard to play with my short fingers, and the Buescher blew my socks off! He threw in the Otto Link MP and a gig bag, all for 1200 Euro, not bad I think. When I got it home I cleaned it and half of the spots turned out to be beer. It already gunged up two swabs - that thing is dirty - but the sound is knockout and gets better every day.
Selmer Mark VII
Otto Link STM 6
Vandoren Java 4-4.5
Pretty standard I suppose.
Alto Selmer Mark VI 101xxx
Tenor Mark VII 286xxx
Set ups certainly will depend upon type of music played; desired sound, etc., etc. After years of experimentation (which remains ongoing) I currently sitting on the following for playing smooth jazz and soft classics with electronic accompaniment:
Selmer Mark VI
Meyer G series #6
Rovner Dark Lig
Rico Select Jazz 2M
But, as mentioned, the search goes on.