Best Music is AWESOME! You can buy the instrument you try out. I bought my Serie III there the day I tried it. You can also call in advance to make sure they hold it for you (that's what I did) to make sure they have it there.*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!
Selmer Serie III Alto
Selmer Series II
Morgan Excalibur 7E
Christoph Heftrig ligature (Thanks abadcliche!)
Vandoren ZZ 3
I use this setup for big band, small group, and musical theatre. I also have a Vandoren Optimum AL4 that I use with an FL ligature for classical, but I've never used that on a gig...
Conn USA 6m viii
MPC Berg Larsen 90/1 m
Rico Reeds #3
Rico Padded Strap
No Back up
Yamaha YAS 23, Berg Larsen 90/1 m
Rico Select Jazz #2H, Neotech Strap
MPC Otto Link Tone Edge7
Reed Java2/La Voz Med
Music - His gift, my duty, our fellowship 3Jn2
Yanagisawa A992 Alto, Yamaha YAS-62 Alto & YTS-62 Tenor, Selmer Paris Series II Soprano Sax
1951 SBA alto / meyer 5m
after i get better intonation I will gamble with a beechler bellite mouthpiece. See if I can get a contemporary sound out of my sba.
Horn: Selmer Super Action Series I or a Yanagisawa A991
Mpc: Refaced Vintage Selmer Soloist D (small combo stuff) and a Vandoren Java A 45 for everything else (mostly lead alto work)
Reeds: Vandoren Java 3
Lig : Vandoren Optimum or a BG Super Revelation
Kessler alto, Hite Premier, Rovner Light, various strengths of Fibracells, Vandoren Javas, V16s, and old Rico Royals (I'm not picky about reeds).
I like this setup a lot. I've tried a bunch of higher-priced mouthpieces, and found that the Hite Premier is the most reed-friendly and tonally-flexible of the bunch. I have a home-made "spoiler" that I'll stick in it when I feel like I need a little more cut.
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Selmer Ref. Hummingbird
Meyer 7 New York Model, Bob Ackerman for backup (Just in case...)
Vandoren Optimum Ligature
Rico Jazz Select 3M filed reeds
sax: a 1930's american artist
mpc: selmer c* soloist size 5
reed :normally a blue box v size 3.5 or javas 3.5
lig: no name synth cloth type
1964 mK VI
RPC 85 mpc
Rico Jazz select, filed 2M
Ref 54 hummingbird with custom neck
vandoren optimum al4 - classical
custom meyer medium chamber 6 - Jazz
vandoren blue box 3 - classical
vandoren V16 3 - jazz
Cool Reed Pipes alto (very nice chinese horn)
Mouthpiece Cafe NYC
Chris Heftrig ligature
It's working for me so far
-1988 Yamaha Yas-23
-Gold-Plated G1 Custom Neck
-Prestini Pads with custom resonators
-Phil-Tone Custom Meyer (Have a second one on the way as a backup)
-Rico Reserve & Legere synthetic reeds
-Re-adjusted stainless steel springs (I prefer a stiffer spring setup)
I got the idea of customizing/tuning the sax from fellow Yamaha players who did similar types of modifications. Using this setup, I get a very big, bold yet warm tone that can be used for nearly any type of music.
Also, my tech tried my setup and was extremely impressed. He stated that it sounded "like an excellent vintage saxophone."
"An instrument is only as competent as the musician using it."
Selmer Series III
Legit: Selmer LT mpc(Scroll shank), Rovner Dark / Selmer standard lig (i flip flop), Vandoren blue box 3 1/2's
Jazz: Meyer 5M, Rovner Eddie Daniels lig, Vandoren ZZ's 3's, LaVoz Med, whatever I have... (I play most of my jazz stuff on Bari)
My handy dandy Selmer Series III! Her name is Marsalia (I like naming my objects).
Selmer S80 C* (I like the one that came with the Series III more than the one I actually bought)
Vandoren Blue Box 3.
My dream setup has been achieved! Phew. I'm going to go shut up and practice now.
"Tone is like chocolate. It should be dark and sweet, with a hint of silkiness."
Yamaha 875 EX
Selmer S80 C**
Regular 2 screw metal lig
Vandoren Blue Box 3/ and I have 1 Legere 2.75 Studio Cut
Yamaha 23 (Marching band horn)
Rovner Rip Off Lig
Don't know its in the mail.
Yamaha EX Alto w/ unlaquered G1 neck
RPC 90R w/ Superial 2 1/2 (and a Phil-tone .093)
Rousseau NC4 w/ Vandoren 3
YAS-82Z silver plate
vandoren jumbo java A35
medium La Voz reeds
Rovner dark lig
selmer usa 100 professional model
ditto for the rest