I play an older Taiwan soprano that was made to be an LA Sax but rebranded at the last minute to be a 'Woodwind'. Any good soprano mouthpiece is fine with them but when I tried the Soprano Planet 'Missing Link' I knew I had found my long-term mouthpiece. Mine is a .090 which is pretty open for soprano but I use the same reeds I previously used with a .065, which tells you it plays easier than the smaller mouthpiece. I use only the curved neck but the straight neck is always there if I want to cover oboe parts. Really, the horn is now the most mellow its ever been while at the same time retaining just enough of the typical soprano sound to distinguish it from something else, like a clarinet.
It's a "squeeze throat" design. I think that they are very consistent in their production. If I had the funds, I'd get Joe at Soprano Planet to build me one - everybody seems to say good things about his soprano pieces and he knows a ton about sopranos and their quirks. However, the Bari works well for me - not perfect, but better than a bunch of others that I've tried.
I was accumulating a number of different mouthpieces form cheap to moderately expensive with different sized chambers and baffles. I was just playing around and experimenting. I happened to get a mouthpiece that had been balanced by Joe at Soprano Planet.
WOW!!! It changed my whole playing experience for the better. Easier to play. Intonation problem notes on my horn went away. Better sound.
At least, talk to Joe. He’s pretty good at directing people toward getting what they want from a soprano.
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