*points to signature*
My future set up will be the same with the exception of the Selmer Series III alto. *drools* The one I tried at Best Music in Oakland was amazing. I'm just nervous that the one I'll be buying in November will be a totally different experience since I'm pretty sure they don't let you purchase the floor models.
I also went from a Vandoren 3.5 to a Vandoren 3 (blue box) and it's changed my sound completely. My tone is more open, more focused, and it sounds less like an asthmatic animal and more like... well... a saxophone!