It IS subjective AND a personal thing, except for the physical pain some experience that require them to use a neck strap. In that case, the curved necks seem to work better.
I use straight necks on all of my sopranos with removable necks, except for my curved Yanagisawa. On that horn, I've found the best neck is the one that came with it.
Most players report a difference in tonal quality and volume when switching necks (straight to curved). That has been my experience. I don't like curved necks on straight sopranos just because of the tonal and volume issues. DAVE
I use the curved neck for classical and the straight neck for jazz. For classical, the curved neck seems to give a slightly darker/more mellow sound and allows me to hold it closer to my body and blend better in quartet settings. For jazz, the straight neck allows me to hold the sax up higher for projection in big band. Also, it is convenient, because I was able to have the straight neck recorked to fit my Bari HR mouthpiece so I wouldn't have to use tape/paper and use my C* on the curved neck. So, for me it's not as much sound as convenience.
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