The mouthpieces don't seem to be on sale widely by they are advertised on Thomann: https://www.thomann.de/gb/yanagisawa_classical_ac150_alto_sax.htmI received an email about this a few days ago. The email also announced new classical mouthpieces coming out!
I would not challenge that at all. Anyone who plays to any kind of level knows the difference a ligature can make and how much it matters.Interesting. Thanks for posting. I think ligatures matter (slightly), but understand how some would challenge that opinion. DAVE
Kessler sells the alto version. You may want to ask him about when he'll have it for tenor:did these ligs ever reach the US? I'm curious about the HR tenor one.....
Which model of Rovner ligature?I have been using the Yanagisawa Yany Sixs ligature for the past month or so, having upgraded from the Rovner ligature. I'm unable to offer empirical evidence that it made a huge qualitative change to the sound. However, during testing, the Sixs sounded brighter than the Rovner ligature, which sounded muffled.
I was using the Rovner Light ligature at the time. You've got a point there.Which model of Rovner ligature?
It sounds as though your experience with the Yany Sixs is similar to what the typical player encounters when comparing a Rovner to any lightweight all-metal ligature, such as the Vandoren M|O. In other words, to the extent that the person notices any difference between ligatures at all, that difference will tend to be expressed as "lightweight metal lig = slightly brighter; Rovner = slightly darker/softer."
So I guess the remaining question is whether the Yany Sixs is superior to the M|O or maybe the Rico H-Ligature, both of which cost less than one-third as much.