I have played tenor for 7 years now and I'm in store for a cheap soprano. I've seen the Kessler's and I was wondering if there's any other great sopranos in the 300-700 dollar range.
As someone who owns a schagerl tenor I tried at chucks, it was great for the price and i would assume its the same with sopranosI'll throw in a word for Schagerl, a Austrian brasswind company that started selling woodwinds (not sure how long ago). They have straight and curved sopranos. The sopranos come out of Taiwan, built to Schagerl specs. Not in your $300-700 price range, but they can be purchased new for less than $2K. Schagerl is not well-traveled in the States, but one of the local shops in the DC area (Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center) sells them.
Spring around $200 bucks more and pick up a used Kessler Handmade or a Jupiter 847-849SG with their solid sterling silver necks. Either of those will carry a doubler for life.I have played tenor for 7 years now and I'm in store for a cheap soprano. I've seen the Kessler's and I was wondering if there's any other great sopranos in the 300-700 dollar range.
I had one of these until last year. Purchased it from Kessler, but I don't believe they carry Antigua any longer. It was a good sax, and the ergos were fine, aside from the tiny high F# and G keys. I sold it to someone here on SOTW recently after I purchased a Chateau soprano from Wichita band, on the basis of the quality of the Chateau alto I had purchased a year earlier. While the Antigua was a good horn, the Chateau is simply better built. For example, the keys are all centered on the tone holes, unlike the Antigua, which had several off-center keys. And, the keys for those top notes are substantially better.Most players will not make mention of Antigua Winds. These are the earlier versions that do not have the newer logo. I bought one about 4 years ago slightly used and just love it for jazz, funk and recording.
The early Antigua's were modeled after the Yanigasawa S-900 which in my opinion is the best soprano ever made. Unfortunately I couldn't afford a Yani I found this one on eBay for $400.
Is it a Yanigasawa NO but does it have the same ergonomics YES.
They play in tune and have a very nice low and middle register and the upper register is easily played in tune.