Date: 2012-07-19 03:15
Also, what wasn't mentioned was ligatures and reeds, which make all the difference in the world.
As far as ligatures go, if you are playing on the Vandoren Metal ligature, maybe you'd want that for sax as well. I play on Rovner Dark Ligatures for all my mouthpieces, every instrument. I think they're just fantastic. I play with a bright setup though, so it helps mellow out the tone.
Reeds: I think the most consistent sax reed is Lavoz. They are cheap and very, very good. I do not like Vandoren reeds. I play on Hemke Reeds, which are lighter compared to similar reeds with the same number. I think the back thinner.