This was a Meyer G with a 5 opening. It was way to small for my tastes. I sent it to Brian Powell to reface it and open it to a .076. It played nice before and had a lot of volume but it felt to closed for me. This was the first piece I had Brian Powell work on and his work is excellent! This piece plays great. Nice volume and tone. It’s also very easy to find a reed for it. I’m using a ligature I made out of a rovner I had lying around. I never really like the rovners on alto. I felt like they took to many of the highs out of the sound. I cut a small slit in the bottom of the fabric and stuck a plate from my Vandoren Optimum ligature into it. I really like the sound I get with this setup. I just sent Brian Powell two Early Babbitt links to put the same facing on. I can’t wait to get them back.
Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for over 30 years. He is the author of many best selling jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site Neffmusic.com.