Sax on the Web Forum Archive / Alto Saxophone / Sopranino

Rick
User ID: 9056633
May 9th 5:29 PM
Hi. Anyone have experience with a sopranino sax? I am interested because it is exactly one octave above my alto sax, so I would not have to transpose my existing sheet music. But have heard the intonation can be lousy. Understand that Yanagisawa makes the most popular. I live in Long Beach, CA and would like to find a dealer to try one.
Dave Dolson
User ID: 9209903
May 9th 6:37 PM
Rick: There are a few threads discussing sopraninos already. Check those out. I don't know of any dealer in SoCal that has a sopranino in stock (although you should probably call around to check). I played a new Selmer Serie II a few years ago in Boston. When I wanted a sopranino, I ended up buying one sight-unseen from WW&BW. It turned out to be a nice one - good intonation, etc. It is a Rampone & Cazzani (gold-plated, not lacquered). DAVE
Rick
User ID: 9056633
May 9th 7:30 PM
Thanx Dave. Have not heard of that brand; will have to check it out.
Tom S
User ID: 0840444
May 9th 7:32 PM
Rick - I had a Yani sopranino for over a year. Very easy to play in tune. It had better intonation than my Yamaha soprano! I ended up selling it to get a curved Yani soprano.
Rick
User ID: 9056633
May 9th 7:38 PM
Wow great testimonial. I believe the sopranino by Yani (Yanagisawa right?) also is less expensive than most others. Sounds like it would tend to have a good sound as well. Hopefully not a screech, but more similar to the soprano.
Dave Dolson
User ID: 9209903
May 9th 8:47 PM
Rick: I think some of the tonal-quality will come from the mouthpiece used. My Rampone came with a stock mouthpiece that frankly wasn't very good (but I don't like most stock mouthpieces anyway). I added a Selmer S80 "D" and that played pretty good. The Selmer 'nino I tried a few years ago was with a Selmer S80 "D" piece, too, but the horn was not good. The problem with 'ninos is there isn't much of a mouthpiece selection at the local stores. To upgrade, you'll probably have to mail-order a bunch, then return some or all. I am a believer in Yana saxophones (I own four) and I must conclude their 'nino is probably good. However, I bought the Rampone because of price and availability - AND to match the Rampone Bb soprano (saxello-style) that I already owned. If you have the bucks, try the Yana first, but the Rampone is a nice horn. DAVE
T.S.
User ID: 8882983
May 10th 7:01 PM
I played an older Yani Sopranino, and it sang! A wonderful little horn, very worthy of consideration.
Alan
User ID: 9892733
May 11th 1:08 AM
If anyone is interested I saw a new Mark VI Sopranino at Tatum Music Co., Tyler, Texas. I was there to have a VI alto neck worked on, and the repair tech showed it to me. Beautiful little horn, and a price to match.