I've had an early S1 soprano since '92 and offer one more vote for this is a superior playing instrument. It pays to note that just a few years ago, you could expect to spend over U$3000 for one. Even at the asking price, the one you are looking at has plenty of room to go up in value. Sure, cut your best deal. But if you are looking for an S1 soprano, don't let this one get away.