Your Glancing Below soliloquy is beautiful. A magnificent demonstration of this instrument.
After three busy years I'm revisiting SOTW with some Nino News.This post is a question, not a declaration. If you think it should be answered in the negative, feel free to cite your evidence.
Is there any good sopranino news?
As said earlier in this thread I have a large number of original recordings using sopranino. I posted eight on Mar 8, 2021 reply #31. Contact me by PM if interested.After three busy years I'm revisiting SOTW with some Nino News.
For a number of years I owned sopraninosax.com, but I never created the site. The .com registration lapsed, but I decided it was more appropriate to register the .org instead.
(At the time of this writing, the site registration is so new your browser won't have a site to find.)
For the diehard sopranino player & post reader, read down to the "Relevant experience" section below about why I think it's worth having such a site.
The site's going to build up slowly. It'll also be super simple: just HTML + CSS. I have my reasons.
My plan for the site is the same as before:
- List of songs on which sopranino sax is featured.
- History of the instrument
- A link pointing back to this subforum and/or to a specific thread.
- Some other info, perhaps
It'll just be me posting stuff.
- No ads
- No posts or contributions from other people
- No blog
- No dependence on other IT folks (i.e. I won't accept offers to design, maintain, etc.)
Posting stuff with the help of folks like you.
That's what keeps the other site going. People submit info in various ways, and then (as time permits) I post those updates.
A similar website I created for an unrelated, hardly popular obsession has been running for over a decade. Lots of folks have used the site to find what they need, where they need.*
And it's had an impact.
The Big Person in the U.S. for this particular hobby even helped with the site, and Big [for tiny community] National Organization's website links to the website I created. Whether the hobby is in decline, or holding steady, or actually regaining popularity, the most important thing is that hobbyists can find what they need, and find each other.
So there's some evidence that creating such a site and maintaining it for years will help get the word out about the sopranino sax. I aim to find out.
First I need to find the list of sopranino songs I compiled. A year ago I may have (gulp) recycled the list--and it wasn't a short list--but the list can be revived. It overlapped online lists, but included some unusual entries. And since the list was/is about sopranino only, no searching! No waiting! Literally nothing but 'nino!
* It's better if I don't mention the other hobby site I maintain. You'll likely imagine something way cooler than what it is. The interface is kept very simple: it runs in any browser, and it's just a bunch of data with no extraneous words, graphics, etc.
One of you out there may have visited the site. Possibly. Well, let's say there's a 3% chance you live within fifty miles of someone who has used the site. Close enough! You're practically best friends with that site visitor, whoever it is.
I'll send you a PM. Thanks!
re: Item 1. Although you make a solid argument that Yanagisawa has abandoned the sopranino is there any actual confirmation of this as fact? They were very methodical about releasing the WO series among the other voices. Perhaps in a couple of years there will be a WO sopranino as well? (Yes I accept it hasn't been updated in decades, but that doesn't mean will be never be).Item 1. Yanagisawa, a major sopranino supporter in the past, seems to have largely abandoned the voice. The Yany sopranino is still listed as a current model on the company's official website, but good luck finding a new one on sale in the United States. I'm not sure that Europe is much better (e.g., the sax is "Out of Stock" at sax.co.uk, and can only be "pre-ordered.") The sax itself seems to have been mostly frozen in time since the late 1970s. Not only is there no WO sopranino, there really wasn't even a 9xx series sopranino. The model is called the SN981, but it retains the old-fashioned, Mark VI-style palm keys and LH table keys from many decades ago. The range tops out at high E -- another aspect of the Yany nino that has been awaiting an upgrade for more than 40 years.