I have an SBA soprano as well as a 90xxx Mark VI and a 101xx Mark VI. My SBA is in perfect condition, but I was disappointed in how it plays and sounds compared to my Mark VIs. I don't think this is an SBA issue, but just the inevitable differences of one soprano to another from this era, as there was a lot of artisan production (by hand) involved and the variables for all sopranos are considerable. I play on many sopranos, and I have zero problem with the left hand palm keys, even if they are more awkward than later, more ergonomically designed mechanisms.Hello everyone,
Does anyone else have a SBA Soprano? There are only a very few around. Mine is gold plated, 40xxx, which is even rarer.
I love its sound, like a vintage Selmer should have. But like the soprano MKVI's, it has those palm keys that are not really comfortable, and intonation issues - which I fixed anyway with the embouchure.
I am considering buying a modern soprano, with a warm sound too. I am looking into R&C saxellos, Yanagisawas and Borganis, What would you say that comes closer to the SBA sound?
Also, is there a market for the SBA soprano? How to find out what is its value? I am not sure, but depending on its value I would possibly consider a trade for a modern soprano plus cash, if there was the chance. Unfortunately I can not afford to be a collector... I prefer playing music than collecting instruments!
Thanks a lot for any input!
Cheers to all
My Mark VIs are the warmest, most lyrical of modern sopranos. I use it along with my Buescher curved sopranos, which offers an even greater expanse of this tone quality. (On all my Mark VIs and Buescher curves I have had an alternate high F key installed for essential practical use.) Over the last few years, I have replaced my Buescher curved with modern Rampone sopranos. I play both a Rampone curved and the saxello version. These offer a tone quality most like my older sopranos, but with obvious improvements. None of the other excellent modern sopranos offers this particular depth or warmth of sound, despite being first class instruments in all other respects. You can hear my Rampones on my latest solo CDs plus some videos on Facebook and Youtube.