Agreed, I’ve got a few friends who will post their “smooth jazz”, nothing wrong with smooth jazz – I lived listening to Grover, recordings on FB and the reverb is really hideous. They’re good players but I have a hard time hearing the definition of their melody and solo lines. Something odd though, when I record I’ll sometimes not hear a lot of reverb but when I bounce everything to an MP3 it’s way too much.
Pete, I should have picked up a merlot, they play smoother than the black widow. I’ve tried a number of ligs, like you finding a good fitting life for these large pieces is a challenge. But, I’ve been using a Saxworks Clarity ligature. It can literally be used with any size mouthpiece. Go check them out.