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IMHO the sopranino takes a lot of effort to play consistently in tune. You have the quirks of each individual instrument, the mouthpiece and the inconsistency of cane reeds. That's a lot of adjustment! The trick is to try to make as many of these issues consistent so that you have fewer variables. Using the same instrument and mouthpiece are obvious good choices. If you've got a good ear then you will (automatically?) adjust to the quirks of the instrument and the mouthpiece and only have to work on the reed to get it to the right degree of play-ability.

For some time I played a Yanagisawa sopranino. It's quirk was needing to massively tighten my embouchure for all notes above B2. That's fine, but then I moved on to other sopraninos and it took a long time for that "automatic" tightening for the high notes to go away. If you're using a sop mouthpiece and put in enough time you will eventually adjust to those quirks...which can be all over the place. If the mouthpiece is just OK, but not really that good, you could be doing yourself a massive disservice in having to adjust twice (to get it...then get out of it).

Take home message: have fun when goofing around with gear, but don't get used to it unless you REALLY want to just use that mouthpiece.
 
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