I have been playing primarily two alto pieces right now on my SDA: (1) a Jody Jazz DV 8, and (2) a Morgan 8J. I prefer the edge and fat bottom of the DV when I'm playing with my rock band, but the response of the Morgan is much better.
Is there a piece out there with a high baffle and large chamber like the DV but a less exagerated facing curve? The DV is so free blowing that I have to use a pretty hard reed, which makes it tough to articulate some of the fast staccato riffs I want to play, especially when jumping large intervals. Because the Morgan has more natural resistance, I can play a softer reed on it and get a more balanced response.
I was thinking about a Brancher B chamber, but there's not a lot of info about them on the forum.
Any opinions or advice out there?