I've noticed a lot now that pro alto players (or any players in general) have unbelievably great tones. Now I know that long tones and the sound the pro can make with the sax without any effects (reverb, eq, etc.) at all is really damn good to start with, but the thing is, every time I hear some professional recording, whether it be phil woods or lanny morgan or greg abate or any really great alto player, I notice certain similarities effects wise. I'm wondering if its just a trait all pro's share in general without effects having anything to do with it, or if its some standard microphone or something or some type of format that makes them all sound like a trillion dollars. I record myself often and listen back and compare, and it seems my tone is slightly muffled or something like that compared to the professional players' (not saying im just as good as them or even close by comparing myself to them). Now I don't have a special, professional mic or anything like that but what I'm basically trying to get across is, Am I hearing mostly effects that make these guys so great or just there acoustic techniqual qualities on their instrument and there skill at just playing dry old sax.