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The local shop has a sopsax in & I'm tempted to go try it.
This is probably a bad idea. My modest local fame derives
entirely from bad ideas.

Never blown a sopsax but I've a tenor & played a clarinet(Bb)
(which I miss.) If you will, from experience,
describe the sopsax experience and reference it to the
degree possible along the tenor-to-clarinet continuum.

I could sell my leg if overcome by GAS.
It would have to be the good leg.
 

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Go try the sop. No need to search.

What bad ideas have you had that have made you locally famous?
 

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I agree - go play the thing. You'll answer a lot of your own questions that way.

I did it in reverse - started on sop, then to alto and added clarinet many years later. Just recently bought a tenor (but by doing so, proved my non-tenor persona).

I always appreciate my altos and sops after a day with the tenor. The smaller saxophones feel light and responsive and just sing after playing tenor. You may struggle initially (such a tight throat!!) but who knows? DAVE
 

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Thanks for the responses everyone.

Dave,
Thank you, now I can use my tenor to rationalize a soprano. :)

No time for dancing anyway.
 

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Don't try it!!! Sopranos rot your teeth, make your hair fall out, wrinkle your skin and greatly increase flatulence.
 

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sop

Just get a decent one, a "name brand" if you will, a bad soprano (name brand copy) will put you--and others--in the hospital.

:cool:
 

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Be careful. You really have to grow your hair out long and start using an initial for your last name if you want to play the sop correctly. It's a federal law.

Oh… And you have to buy a Selmer SS to make it sound right. The SS is a small piece of French rubber about the size of thimble and cost way over a $100. It will make your sop. sound like a trumpet but that's the only way to get a sop. to play in tune and not sound like an oboe. Be careful not to swallow the SS while playing. It's very small and will come out your other end eventually. But all that time setting on a strainer could be better used learning to charm snakes with your sop.
 

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I see da light....

After all these years, I finally can see why playing the soprano saxophone and constitutional protection (the other thread) are not mutally exclusive and make a lot of sense.

Be careful. You really have to grow your hair out long and start using an initial for your last name if you want to play the sop correctly. It's a federal law.
Thanks for the heads up, when the soprano police come for the arrest? Apparently, nothing less than a federal agent will do. Always wanted to meet Jack Bauer.
 

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Astride Honda, my noble steed, yesterday I ranged the countryside
far and wide tracking the tiny, stealthy sopsax.

Cornered and closed battle with my evil opponent in the Land of Oak.

A great moaning and gnashing of teeth ensued and I escaped
utter annihilation only through the miraculous intervention of
St. Adolphe. Rest assured that despite the dying-animal noises
the only creatures harmed were store employees.

What marvelous, perverse instruments of torture!
Tried a straight Antigua and a C-Ball curvie.
I'd couldn't tolerate the straight because of right-thumb
pain issues. I can't comment on the instruments because
I'm not qualified but I will say the Antiqua 'felt' better to me.
I don't have the bread for a curvy right now, sigh.

I still miss the clarinet & may pick one up 'cause
they are inexpensive and I can experiment with
"Quodlibet" style supports.

Motorcycles and guitars. Women and saxophones.
Music and the sky. Certainly I'm not alone in being
constitutionally preoccupied with these doomed, futile perversions.
 

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There is no futility in learning a new instrument, especially the soprano sax. The challenges are endless and the concomitant rewards are sweet. A very nice and funny poem, but as the Bard put it: "Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives." Buy yourself a well set-up, responsive soprano, then play it and be attentive to what it has to teach you.
 
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