I have a Prestini soprano, similar model. Not a bad horn, but the octave key spring mechanism on the neck has a tendency to get oversprung, and it loses its tension. It is a rather unusual design, and thus not easy to find. I did contact the company in Arizona, and they sent me spring, but in the process of discussing the problem with them, the tech there let me know that the horns are made in China.
I currently play on a Jupiter Soprano which is from the new S800 series with sterling silver neck. It's an amazing horn, the sound is (to my taste) better than my Yamaha's. I can recommend this horn without any restrictions.
I doubt if the horn was made in the U.S.A. What was probably meant by that logo on the horn is that the distributor is a US company. I don't know of any mass-produced saxophones being made in the US anymore - and not for a long time. Could I be wrong? Yes . . .
Why are you focused on these two brands (Jupiter and Prestini)? For the price of these two horns (and i don't know their prices exactly, but I'm guessing around $1K +/-, you could buy a new Antigua. Now there is a brand that many of us know. DAVE
There have been some terrific jazz bands from your city over the years - two that come to mind are PORTENA JAZZ BAND and FENIX JAZZ BAND (both traditional jazz styles). They had reed guys that played vintage sopranos.
One player was Cacchi Cariso (played with both bands). Obviously Buenos Aires is a big city, but I'll bet if you found him, he could steer you to something better than a Jupiter or Prestini. And, no knock on those two brands - I just think there are better horns around but you don't know how to find them.
I played with FENIX (and Cacchi) when they did a concert in Kalispell, Montana many years ago. DAVE
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