Okay. Just because it's different, let's not assume it's better. Besides, how can you know if you haven't tried. Let's put our thinking caps on for a moment. In my mind, the current sax is very similar to a piano in the way it's laid out. On th piano, if you play a c scale, you don't touch a black key (same thing on the sax) . The arrangement of the keys are even the same. Throughout the entire C scale on both the sax and piano, you go from white key to whte key. On sax, this means you don't touch a side key to make a sharp or flat which is necessary in every other scale. When you go from B to C on piano, you go from white key to black key. On the sax, you hit a side key by fingering B and hitting the sharp key with you right palm.
The point is, the sax followed a standard fingering system that is seen on piano's and all other instruments. Question? Would you be able to play piano faster if the keys were arranged where the white keys were half steps away from eachother instead of whole steps? You'd be able to play the chromatic scale faster, but whole tones would be two keys away instead of one. Therefore, you probably wouldn't be able to play the c scale faster. On sax, the side keys have to be used for something. Just because one can play chromatic runs faster doesn't mean they'd be able to play every pattern faster. This isn't the qwerty computer keyboard problem. I still haven't been convnced there would be a significant difference or faster learning curve.
However, I'd still absolutely love to play one of his saxes.