At first he thought a different ligature might help, but it didn’t.
He also really likes the sound of the mouthpiece he’s using now…..
He said he was using a Selmer C* mouthpiece, which I know doesn’t have a wide tip opening and can get a great sound. But is generally better in a classical setting. I thought I might know of a solution to help him get more volume on his sax……
The C* mouthpiece (referring to the tip opening), is more designed with classical music in mind. Not to get a lot of volume, like you might want in jazz, funk, R&B, etc.
Therefore using a harder reed might compensate for the narrow tip opening.
A general rule is that you want a softer reed with a wider tip opening and harder reed with a narrower tip opening. Let me know if the harder reed makes things better.
“hey thanks for that the harder reed solved the squawking and the volume problem. ( i had some extra vandorn 3 1/2 ‘s left….”
There was another issue he’s still having with his sound, but the volume part was solved.
You want to get a balance between the reed strength and the tip opening of your mouthpiece.