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By nature, Martin sopranos are a little subdued, but are not difficult to play.

Given the symptoms, it sounds like something up high is leaking like one of the palm keys or one of the octave vents. Definitely check it with a leak light. The teeter-totter octave mechanism on these horns is a little tricky to set up. You could
try blocking the pip holes by sliding a strip of masking tape under each octave pad to rule out octave pad leaks. If those are you only problem, then open C#2 should play loud and clear.

One thing to note is that many modern soprano mouthpieces need to be pushed in very far for the horn to speak right and play in tune.

AAMOF, I've got a Vega/Martin soprano on my bench right this very moment getting a check-up. Very nice soprano.
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