Playing necks on your saxophone with different plating or finishes will affect the quality of your sound. When I played on a lacquered selmer I used a gold plated neck, which made the overall sound richer, fuller and more free blowing. I also used a lacquer neck that had ribs in the tenion of the neck causing the sound to be very focused and free blowing with less air in the sound. I believe most saxophone companies offer different necks to personalize your overall sound. I would like to hear some of your feedback about different necks you may use on your saxophone. It really does make a difference. These necks also affect intonation on your horn. I tried out 4 necks of the same plating and all had slightly different intonation. Just the slightest variance in the neck will affect intonation somewhere on the horn. I have also heard that Mr. Oleg has fantastic necks for just about any brand of saxophone. He does all of his custom work. Below is a list of necks I have tried and their tonal affect from using them. Three years ago I went on a neck phase and tried about every finish possible.
Gold plated Neck-Free blowing, rich centered tone, altissimo full sounding and responsive
Sterling Silver-Sonic quality notes very responsive and brighter in the high register.
Pink Gold-very even warm round sound, not quite as rich as the Gold Plated, but even scale and responsive
Lacquered neck with Ribbed tenion-Warm mellow sound, full centered tone, pure sound with no air in sound.
Black Lacquer-Darker sound with more resistence.
Silver plated-Bright and very responsive
Remember if you like a certian neck try out a few because tuning will vary from neck to neck.
Yeah, some necks really give you a differebt feel on the horn. I have a custom silver oleg neck on my keilwerth and it really opens up the sound throughout the horn. Pitch, sound and intonation will also vary between different necks. A few brands are: Oleg Stephen Bosken Saxgourmet Gloger Handkraft Yamaha, selmer, keilwerth and other manufacturers. Good luck guys, best wishes.
WWB stands for woodwind and brasswind. I would try out several necks. Every neck seems to have a slightly different character, tone and response. The gold plate is a great neck, but if you have the chance play several and pick the one that fits you. If one neck seems stuffy it might just be that particular neck.
I didn't play my Yanagisawa T 901 much, even though I liked the ergonomics. Then I read a comment about trying their bronze neck for a more rowdy sound. I got one and, man, it's like having a whole new horn. I was thinking about buying a Yanagisawa bronze sax, but now I can put that off for a few years...