Dave: Of course. I know first-hand how much a mouthpiece can change the tone. I also know many professionals will try many horns to find just the right one for him/her.sparq: I hate to keep repeating myself, but a saxophone often takes on the sound of the player. I could cite numerous examples, suffice to say that if someone tells you that one model is brighter than another, I'd become an instant skeptic. Change the mouthpiece, or even more accurately, change the reed, and a bright horn can become darker. Hand it to someone else and it will again change.
Plus, we know that several examples of the same model will all play a bit differently than the others. I don't know that the brass vs. bronze-thing when I had my two SC90x models side-by-side were because of the body materials or because they were just different from each other.
Of course, some are real believers in all of the myths that go around. If you really think that you can determine that all SC800's (or whatever model it may be) are going to give you a similar tonal result, there's nothing I can say to change your mind. DAVE
in my experience owning multiple Yanagisawa sopranos, there would be very little difference in the actual sound of the various curved soprano. The main improvements are in key work and design. Comfort. As Dave says, the material can make a small difference. I’ve owned the brass necks and the bronze necks and the bronze is a darker sound.... I am more interested in the comparison of how the horns sound. For example, I know that the other horns shifted to a generally brighter sound from the 800 series to the newer horns...