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

   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  AMT Product and Technical info, email:

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.

Forthcoming Events

  • Aug 3
    The Electric Press,  Leeds City Centre
  • Aug 5
    Stompin on the Quomps festival,  Christchurch Quay
  • Aug 15
    Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre,  Knaresborough
  • Sep 1
    Cawood Old Boys School Hall,  Cawood
  • Sep 2
    The Sage,  Gateshead

Classic Sax Solo Tour


The Classic Sax Solo album arrives on Monday 8th February and will be available here as well as at performances. You can now order your copy - click on the store and you will find it there.

The official release date is 2nd March when it will be available through all the normal outlets.

Abraham, Martin & John


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Sample album tracks