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Has anyone been able to compare Martin curved vs. straight sopranos? I've got two that have been in the queue to be restored for a while, but neither was in good enough playing condition to give them a fair evaluation before I tore them down.

The two curvies I have were both made around 1923. They're only keyed to high Eb and several of the tone holes are smaller in diameter than on the straight version (fork F# and Eb1/Eb2 are significantly smaller).

I've only seen one Martin soprano keyed to high-F. Anyone encounter one of these?
 

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I have a L&H straight soprano (Martin clone) and it goes to high F and is a good horn. I just got a Wurlitzer curved (to Eb) and it is Martin all the way. Both very good horns. The straight has the high C# adjuster and the curved doesn't but the intonation is pretty good. Both will be listed for sale in the coming weeks.
 
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