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Just won an Antigua 286 soprano sax. 2 necks, almost brand new condition for $550. It even comes with a Selmer metal C** soprano mouthpiece. It's barely ever been played and has been sitting around for about a year and a half so it's going to need a few repairs, but I'm still extremely excited about the deal. I've been playing a Jupiter 547 that I've been renting, (and haven't been that crazy about) but the dealer wants $700 for it. Looks like now I'll have a nicer soprano for cheaper than the one I've been playing! I was expecting to get a lesser soprano. I'll post my impressions of the Antigua versus the Jupiter when I have them both. Here's the link to the auction:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Antigua-Soprano...271?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a126d9e4f
 

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Congrats . . . but are you sure of that model number? I'm thinking maybe 586 based on the photos on the auction page. And, I doubt that it will require much tech-work. My 590 Antigua sits in the case for months at a time but when I take it out and run a few notes out of it, it plays fine. DAVE
 

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Congrats . . . but are you sure of that model number? I'm thinking maybe 586 based on the photos on the auction page. And, I doubt that it will require much tech-work. My 590 Antigua sits in the case for months at a time but when I take it out and run a few notes out of it, it plays fine. DAVE
Looks like it's this model: http://www.kesslermusic.com/html/sax/antiguasopranos/586lq/ss3286lq.htm
If you look at the 2nd to last picture you can read the model #. Good to know it won't take much work. I've heard nothing but good things about these horns.
 

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Yes, and the fine print read that it was formally known as the 586 (with a few added letters, etc.). Basically it is a 586, not a "286". That is a good thing. DAVE
 

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Yes, and the fine print read that it was formally known as the 586 (with a few added letters, etc.). Basically it is a 586, not a "286". That is a good thing. DAVE
Okay, I get it. What kind of mouthpiece do you like on yours? The best I've found on the Jupiter I've been renting is a Yanagisawa 5, except the tip feels a bit close. Maybe the Metal Selmer will do the trick.
 

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I use the same mouthpieces on all of my sopranos, straight, curved, modern, vintage. Morgan Vintage 7 and 6, Selmer Super Session J. Those run between .065 and .070, but there is much more to it than merely the tip-openings.

I suspect the metal Selmer is more closed than the Yanigisawa 5 but I could be wrong. Regardless, they all should play decently on your new Antigua. I have two Yanagisawa 5's - they are decent enough, but not for me. Mouthpiece choices are VERY personal and what works for me may not work for you. Enjoy the chase! DAVE
 

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Luv my Yani 5's on my sop and sopranino. Nice piece. I've had more expensive pieces, but not better ones if you know what I mean. I have never had much luck with metal mouthpiecs on alto, sop, and sopranino. But then I am more a Paul Desmond than Maceo Parker wanna be. :cool:
 

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Luv my Yani 5's on my sop and sopranino. Nice piece. I've had more expensive pieces, but not better ones if you know what I mean. I have never had much luck with metal mouthpiecs on alto, sop, and sopranino. But then I am more a Paul Desmond than Maceo Parker wanna be. :cool:
Yeah, the Yani Hr pieces aren't gonna get you into the Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane kind of zone. But they have a really nice singing quality and are easy to produce a nice tone with. Soprano's meant to be pretty anyway.
 

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Congrats. Antigua deos have the best soprano in their price range. You can not find anything elese work as good as them and also in the same price level.
 

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Got the horn today. Haven't really gotten to play it yet, but it looks like it needs a little bit of work. Should be good as new after a little tune up. Beautiful horn though. Plus it came with an Otto Link mouthpiece as well.
 
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