Ok, I went ahead and got one of Richard's RSR Cantante sopranos. I have had a few days to try it. I am definately not the best person to review this as I have never played a soprano before, but I can tell you what I have observed both pro and con with my limited experience. On the pro side I was able to play with a characteristic soprano sax sound right out of the "box". Also I found that the intonation was better than either my 1955 Conn 10M tenor or my 1971 Buffet SDA alto. I checked the intonation against a tuner and also played for about 3 hours with a piano. It was a joy to play and I couldn't put it down. Casual listeners all agreed that it sounded good. ..here is a biggie....my wife said it sounded good (she likes to normally leave the house when I am playing sax.)....It is attractive and comes in a stock case with RSR logo . I say stock because it has compartments for straight and curved neck, though the Cantante is one pirce and has no removable neck........Now for the mechanism...I like the way it feels...it is fairly ergonomic, though my left thumb/index finger cramped a bit after that marathon session. Oh,I didn't mention that I was using the stock plastic #5 RSR mouthpiege and supplied 2 1/2 reed...(sorry for the regress)....I found 2 keys which wanted to stick, they were the left habd Bb and the low C#. I did the dollar bill thing with no luck and then repeated after wetting it with water. This had no immediate effect but the next morning they didn't stick anymore and have had no problem since then. I checked how well the keycups were centered and most were centered well, but I found 3 which were quite off-center..I then checked the rods for play and found that the shorter rods were generally good but that the longer rods generally had more play in them than I want to see. I will have my tech look at this sometime later. the play hasn't affected the pads seating yet. I think some of the cork glue probably isn't the best, I saw one thin cork curling up on the edge. It comes with abalone pearls on the keys instead of the usual plastic you see on these Chinese saxes. That is a nice touch......oh, and did I mention white gloves (haha) they werent mentioned in the add but I now own a new pair of white gloves. ....ok, so this isn't a perfect instrument but not a bad bang for the buck IMHO. I plan to keep this (he does offer a money back satisfaction guarantee.) I like the way it feels and sounds, as well as the intonation. After what I have read about other's experiences as beginners I feel good about this sax........Oh, I took this out to a car show gig and a wedding gig with my oldies band last weekend and it seemed to play in tune quite well with the electric instruments also.