It seems that the players whose soprano sound I like the most are playing very open rubber links; Wayne Shorter, Steve Lacy, Greg Osby. I currently play a 7 but am having difficulty with it. I like the feel of the 7 a lot but it seems too bright and I have a lot of trouble with the palm keys. I am thinking of having it refaced and am not sure if I should get it opened up while I am at it. Do I need to open it up to a 10 or so to get it as dark as I want? I can't find any links that open to try out locally.