Snake has been affiliated to Yanagisawa saxophones for a long time. A fantastic range of horns, they are individually handcrafted in Japan with amazing tone qualities.
Whenever Snake visits Japan, whichever sax he takes with him, gets a service from the great craftsmen at the Yanigasawa workshop in Tokyo.
Tenor / Alto - Yanagisawa bronze un-lacquered 992s
Baritone - Old Conns. I have a couple of Crossbars that I love. I tried the Yanagisawa bronze bari out in Japan. It's really brilliant and would be my choice if I was buying a new horn.
Soprano - Yanagisawa 9937 solid silver, curved. I love my 992 too but this beastie just seems to have a touch more breadth and fullness.
Sopranino - A relatively new addition, I have a 70's MK6, but i've never played any other make so can't say if it's the best!
Tenor Hard rubber pieces by Ron Coelho, an American maker, called RPC. I have 115B and 125B
Alto RPC 110B by Ron Coelho
Soprano RPC by Ron Coelho
Baritone RPC by Ron Coelho
Sopranino Selmer (no markings)
I use Rico Select Jazz on all horns. 2S on Soprano, 2M on Alto, 3S on Tenor, 3S on Baritone.
Snake is really impressed with the wall stands designed and made by Paddy Melis, a sax wielding craftsman from the Netherlands. They are also available from www.sax.co.uk
I use an AMT LS Mic and Quantum 7 radio system.
The transmitter clips to the mic arm, so no wires. All i want is to sound like me but a bit louder to
match the drums and guitars and reach the back of the hall!
I've tried the lot and this is the best I've found so far.
Available from sax.co.uk AMT Product and Technical info, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For repairs in the UK I go to Phil Williams at Bill Lewingtons.
My Shakuhachi is handmade and bought in Japan from Mejiro in Tokyo
Concert - Flutemakers Guild with Mike Allen head-joint
Alto - Armstrong with Mike Allen lip plate
Whistles by Willy Simmons. Limited availability.