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Do you have a sopranino

  • Yes I own one!!!!

    Votes: 14 38.9%
  • I have owned one and sold/gave it away/traded it for other sax

    Votes: 3 8.3%
  • I do not own one!!!!

    Votes: 19 52.8%
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Do you own a sopranino???? Have you owned one and sold it????????
 

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About 18 years ago I worked in a Music Store in Delaware. First job out of college. They had a SWEET Mark VI Sopranino that had been in storage for years. I played it for a couple weeks and WHAT A COOL HORN.

Didn't know enough to buy the horn. WHTA WAS I THINKING!!!!!!!:cry:

Youth - What a waste of TIME..:x
 

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Gandalfe, Do you own 2 ninos and a soprillo or a nino and a soprillo????2 ninos would be fun!!!!Duet time!!!!!!
 

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I got a gold plated sopranino earlier this year from Topsax. It was purchased on ebay. Wonderful instrument. Doesn't really need amplification most of the time. Mike
 

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I had a SN-981 like the one you're getting for about a year. I bought used on ebay for cheap. It was in great shape. I sold it to my bandmate a few months ago. Really fun to play. A 'nino is IMO a serious instrument and can create its own voice given enough time with it.
 

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sycc said:
Gandalfe, Do you own 2 ninos and a soprillo or a nino and a soprillo????2 ninos would be fun!!!!Duet time!!!!!!
Well between my wife and I, we love playing duets, we own four sops, two ninos and one soprillo.
 

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You guys can't tell me that 35% of people here own sopraninos. It has got to be less than that. Excluding all the people who sold them, that is a lot of people who own Sopraninoes!
 

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You guys can't tell me that 35% of people here own sopraninos. It has got to be less than that. Excluding all the people who sold them, that is a lot of people who own Sopraninoes!
The survey is skewed by the fact only those who are interested in a 'nino would even respond to this thread.
 

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Grumps said:
Mine was given to me, and I wouldn't have one otherwise.
:D

Frankly it's my least favorite of the Sax family, and I don't have one either. But hey, to each his own.
 

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Quite frankly, I should sell mine to someone who'll play it, but it is quite a collector's item and I probaby wouldn't part with it unless someone made something like a 10K offer based on its uniqueness. But then I'd be splitting up the pair (the matching VI soprano also in original, custom Selmer black lacquer).
 

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Grumps said:
Quite frankly, I should sell mine to someone who'll play it, but it is quite a collector's item and I probaby wouldn't part with it unless someone made something like a 10K offer based on its uniqueness. But then I'd be splitting up the pair (the matching VI soprano also in original, custom Selmer black lacquer).
I'm starting to drool.

STOP IT !! I can't afford it right now.
 

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I bought a new Rampone 'nino a while back from WW&BW (a catalog item). It was nicely made, gorgeous to look at and sounded like a sopranino . . . a real novelty. I bought some after-market mouthpieces for it (S-80 D and E) and tried to enjoy it.

Then I found a buyer for it here on SOTW and it is gone. As good as the horn was, I didn't like it. DAVE
 

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The survey is skewed by the fact only those who are interested in a 'nino would even respond to this thread.
True - I always look here, thinking "do I really want to try one of the cheap ones ?"

But I've come to the conclusion that the top notes on a C-Sop are not exactly easy to sound full and confident on, so do I really want anything thinner/higher ? Nah !

But then again, you have to try one to know :(
 

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But I've come to the conclusion that the top notes on a C-Sop are not exactly easy to sound full and confident on, so do I really want anything thinner/higher ?
You could try a more open tipped mouthpiece; but I suppose you'd have to alter an old one which may not be worth the risk.
 

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Grumps - I already use short-shank vintage Bb's (a 'slant' Link 6*, and a Mojo Meyer .069) on the C, which both respond far better over the whole range than the original 'C' - which I'm loath to mod as they are a bit scarce. Although I've used up to 8* on tenor, I don't want to go much more open than those two on C-Sop (They are fine for my more modern Bb sop). I'm beginning to think it's partly a psychological thing, possibly because the two in-line palm keys feel a tad awkward.

And the original C mouthpiece (still a sweet sound, just a bit inflexible) gives me a handy datum against any Bb's I try. Ed Pillinger, in the UK, does a good custom C-Sop mouthpiece, I may treat myself to one before long. ;)

I mustn't digress, so I'll get back on the 'nino topic by saying that maybe the C-Sop is a useful step between Bb-Sop and Eb-Nino ? However, I think, because I've already gone closer to a 'nino with the C, (funds allowing) I'd probably want to go for broke and get a soprillo instead ! Looks like fun, but I do worry about the dog's reaction tho'...
 

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Gandalfe said:
The more people who take the survey the more accurate the numbers become. At around 20 people the percentages are already starting to normalize.
This may skewer the survey, but I own 17 sopraninos (and one soprillo) , and I rotate the best ones in my professional work. Next performance is in November, this time on one of my Buescher instruments.

Paul Cohen
 
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