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 - My newest and most prized- Yanagisawa TWO 37 GP UL Solid silver, brushed gold plate, unlaquered, custom engraved.

Alto - Yanagisawa A992 UL bronze un-lacquered

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 S9937 UL solid silver, curved.  I love my 992 too but this beastie just seems to have a touch more breadth and fullness.


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:

  My backup is by SD Systems, another great very natural sounding mic. Also available at

For repairs in the UK I used to go to Phil Williams at Bill Lewingtons but he has retired. Both stores have excellent in-house repair guys, i go there now.

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 and Chris Backhouse.

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Forthcoming Events

  • Dec 28
    Ropery Hall,  Barton upon Humber
  • Jan 24
    Helmsley Arts Centre,  Helmsley
  • Jan 25
    Cobbles & Clay,  Haworth
  • Jan 26
    Ropery Hall,  Barton upon Humber
  • Jan 31
    Pizza Express Jazz Club,  Maidstone

Snake Davis Band Tour (4 piece)

Abraham, Martin & John


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