I haven't played one but I talked to Les Silver at RSBerkeley a few months ago and he was telling me all the players that were playing it and loving it. I actually can't remember who he mentioned but they were some pretty well known players.
I just ordered one - so I'll let everyone know. I play sopranino a lot during my middle school saxophone lessons. It's an easy way to demonstrate fingerings in front of large groups of kids. It's also fun to play.
I've been contemplating joining the nino club for some time now. This morning I got a chance to get into town and try the RS Berkley Sopranino. I used a 60s vintage selmer soloist with magic applied by Joe at soprano planet. The build quality is nice with very solid with upperstack adjustment screws, good quality pads, felts and corks. The ergos are nice if small. The pearls seem very tiny (like an old Conn soprano I had years ago) which I think add to the impression of really small horn. They look proportionate to the scale horn but I would like more under the fingers. But it plays quite nicely. After a bit of relatively low long tones for adjustment, I started to venture upwards and after a short while was able to get the palm keys up to F to speak quite nicely. Intonation was nice and easy to get bang on. The tone is nice rather like a baroque trumpet. Round and sweet. I was half tempted to break into Bach's second Brandenburg... I'm not entirely sure I resonate to tones in this range, but if I decide to go this way the Berkley is definitely a contender.
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