Equipment

Non-saxophone players look away now ... 

I believe that a good setup is one that allows me to feel comfortable and makes me want to play.  If I feel relaxed and motivated then my own natural voice will come out, regardless of what gear I'm playing on.  There's always a balance involved, but if it comes down to the feel I want versus the sound I want then I'll always prioritise the feel and then trust the sound to develop over time.  If I'm having to force it then it's always going to sounds ... well, forced!

 I'm mainly a tenor sax player and my weapon of choice is a P. Mauriat PMXT-66R.    It's a well built, chunky horn and I love how solid it feels under my fingers.  I've also customised the palm key positioning and venting a little, tightened up the action and fashioned a bespoke high F# key raiser to allow for ease of access throughout the altissimo register as well as a bunch of cool effects.  My mouthpiece and reed set up is a 7* metal Otto Link USA Super Tone Master, a brass Francois Louis ligature and Alexander Superial strength 3 reeds.  I hate nothing more than fighting with reeds and the Alexanders are by far the most consistent I've ever used.  I'm also a big fan of tone enhancers and I use a West Coast Sax Buzz Screw, a Corry Bros Tone Tablet and a Gold Plated Reed Geek Klangbogen.  Despite what some people might tell you, these things aren't some sort of windup and there's genuine science behind how and why they work.

As a doubler, I also play a one piece Yamaha soprano sax with a Selmer mouthpiece and Francois Louis ligature, a Yamaha flute and a Buffet clarinet with a Rico mouthpiece and BG France ligature.  I've also got a bass clarinet and another few bits and pieces knocking about somewhere too!  I use Legere Signature reeds on all my doubling instruments which is mainly for practicality as I need to know that they're ready to go whenever I need them, however I do really like them too.  I recommend giving them a try but I've found that it's worth going to the reed strength below the supposed equivalent ... never trust the reed comparison charts (who makes those things?!).

But ... 

Having said all that, there's absolutely no amount of money you can spend that will improve your sound more than practise!

And finally ...

I also have my "Glow-Sax".  but that's a bit of a trade secret!