I play a Yanagisawa A991 looking for a darker tone, will changing my original neck to the bronze neck really help me add that dark tone to my sound. Please help!
I have an A992, which is the bronze body and bell version of the 991 and I can tell you that the bronze does not make it very dark. It can be one of my brightest altos. It is also one of the easiest to darken with mouthpiece and air control.It will most likely be the internal geometry of a neck that will change your sound, not the material from which it is made.
I bought a new 880 alto (much like the 991) years ago from a local store owned by a noted swing-era sax man, Zep Meisner. He said that many of his clients were buying a new Selmer MKVII neck when they bought the 880, so I took his advice and had him fit a MKVII neck to my new 880. I liked it a lot better than the stock neck.
But then I passed the horn down to my #1 grandson (who was a wonderful saxophonist) and he preferred the stock 880-neck.
Dark vs. bright? I can't say. I'm betting a different mouthpiece or a reed-change (or combination of both) would be a better (and less expensive) move. DAVE
Thanks for the information I might just have to try some different MP's as well.I've got an A990 and purchased the bronze neck. I don't think it really changed the sound much; maybe ever so slightly darker but its hard to say.
I found I like playing an Early Babbitt Otto Link Tone Edge on the A991. I understand about loving a mouthpiece, too. I've got an Ishimori Woodstone 6M that just sings but can be a little bright on the Yana. The Woodstone is a much better fit for my Mark VI.
whaler mentioned the mouthpiece, and I will add to that. Beechlers are very bright, and often chosen by lead alto players who want to compete with the trumpet section. I don't think different reeds would help much...Thanks Dave, I really been considering trying different reeds. I'm in love with my mouthpiece it's a beechler diamond dot (Earl Bostic) played. I just purchase my MP off eBay like 5 or 6 months ago. The reed I use is vandoran #3 zz jazz I like them to its hard to change but I will, to get the sound I want.
Thanks for the information I wanted to get the Meyers New York Bro MP but don't have the money for it. I will take your advice thanks.whaler mentioned the mouthpiece, and I will add to that. Beechlers are very bright, and often chosen by lead alto players who want to compete with the trumpet section. I don't think different reeds would help much...
A Meyer is a good bet, but I would go for one of the boutique makers (like Phil-Tone) who either reface or make a similar piece, since the Meyers can be hit-or-miss (meaning you have to try a lot of them to find a good one).
Bopity Funk you make a lot of sense thanks for speaking what's on your mind. I asked a question and you gave me a real answer from your experience and from your heart thanks. I HEAR WHAT YOU ARE SAYING I REALLY DO. THANKSPaint it black and wear sunglasses.
The 'tone' starts in your head--I've proved that as have many on here. Changing 'this that and the other' is like putting 'go faster stripes' on cars-- you still end up sounding like you. Sorry to sound flippant but it's true.