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 Yanagisawa workshop in Tokyo.
Tenor - My newest and most prized - Yanagisawa TWO37 GP UL Solid silver, brushed gold plate, unlaquered, custom engraved.
Alto - Yanagisawa A992 UL bronze un-laquered. Baritone - Yanagisawa bronze BWO20 UL.
Soprano - Yanagisawa S9937 UL solid silver, curved. I love my S992 too but this beastie just seems to have a touch more breadth and fullness.
Tenor - Hard rubber pieces, 115B, by the late Ron Coelho, an American maker, called RPC.
Alto - RPC 110B by Ron Coelho
Soprano - RPC by Ron Coelho
Baritone - RPC by Ron Coehlo
Sopanino - Selmer (no markings)
I have 2 great radio mics in my arsenal. An AMT LS Mic and Quantum 7 radio system. The transmitter clips to the mic arm, so no wires. And an SD Systems LCM85W which also has a transmitter on the mic arm. 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 these are the best I've found.
Concert - Flutemakers Guild with Mike Allen head-joint
Alto - Armstrong with Mike Allen lip plate
Whistles by Willy Simmons and Chris Backhouse