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Anyone ever try the Woodwind & Brasswind house brand soprano? Any experiences to share with that? Quality, sound, intonation, value?
 

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I was really happy with mine!

Two interchangeable necks, high F# key (never used).

I remember the tone being very good - could get a flute like purity, or more complex oboe-like tones out of it.

Intonation was fairly consistent and true, I don't remember any funky lipping or anything.

I sold this horn to Mike a few years ago when I needed funds, I might have to get in touch with him to play it again and refresh my memory.

If I remember correctly, it was the mid-line model, not the base model, however this was over 7 years ago that I bought it.

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I had the entry level curvy, and it was OK for the price -- $450 on eBay. Action was reasonable and intonation was a little sharp starting about B2, but it only took a little compensation. I kept it until the Yani SC991 was released.
OK for a casual horn.

--Sidepipes
 

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I bought a curved sop from them a while back. Sold it after I couldn't play it with other instruments. One of the worst scales I'd ever experienced. DAVE
 

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Dave Dolson said:
I bought a curved sop from them a while back. Sold it after I couldn't play it with other instruments. One of the worst scales I'd ever experienced. DAVE
I just tried out their curved soprano as well. The whole horn was WAY flat. Even w/ the mpc pushed all the way in (The neck was pressed against the mpc's chamber) some notes were way flat. Just to be sure it wasn't me, I had another professional player w/ 20 years experience on soprano give it a blow. He had the same result. I mailed it back last week :)

I band mate of mine owns the straight model and gets a good sound though. Maybe I got a bad one, who knows.

-Dan
 

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Yes, yours could be the exception (just like mine). However, mine just wasn't flat top to bottom, it wasn't in tune with itself. DAVE
 

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Hmm, I'm really looking for a vintage soprano that's less than $500, but that much money won't get me a Buescher, or a Conn, or maybe even a stencil of them. I'm flipping coins on the WWBW one...I found one a couple cities away for something like $350...it's a straight model with silver plate, excellent condition. But I wouldn't be able to test it, I don't think...
 

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I just won the Straight double neck Soprano on Ebay. And will let you know, when I get it. I will also get my Private Lesson Teacher to play it. I may see if I can try his link HR on it. Don't know. I will let you know when I get it.
 

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ZephyrSax said:
Hmm, I'm really looking for a vintage soprano that's less than $500, but that much money won't get me a Buescher, or a Conn, or maybe even a stencil of them. I'm flipping coins on the WWBW one...I found one a couple cities away for something like $350...it's a straight model with silver plate, excellent condition. But I wouldn't be able to test it, I don't think...
A lyon and healy recently sold on here for $300 something. You could get a used antigua for less than that probably. Just have to be kinda patient. Plus, if you are willing to look at relaqs, you could get something like a buescher tru-tone. I remember back a while ago someone was selling a Conn New Wonder relaq and he was willing to sell it for around $500.
 

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I just won the Straight double neck Soprano on Ebay. And will let you know, when I get it. I will also get my Private Lesson Teacher to play it. I may see if I can try his link HR on it. Don't know. I will let you know when I get it.
Whew, good thing I wasn't actually looking at that one :D ...otherwise you would have taken it right out from under my feet! What did it go for in the end?

Do let me know, I'm in the market :)
 

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I actually took a big chance on the horn.
Their was just a single not so good picture, and I am forced to take the sellers word that it is infact a Woodwind. I had about two hours to decide to pull the trigger. And this thread kinda got me rethinking about it.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...0221&_trksid=p3907.m32&_trkparms=tab=Watching
I knew someone who played and loved an Alto version of the horn. So I am hopeful.
I haven't told my parents that I bought another horn, so I am kinda worried.
(pray for me!!)Their wasn't really time.
I started watching the horn last night, really just out of courisity. It wasn't going anywhere, and so I called up my PT, to place a snipe bid for me. I really prefer the snipe bids, keeps the price low. And no one else knows what you are willing to pay for it.
I will post a review of the horn when I get it (if I do).

I am always skeptical of any sale I do. Keeps me on my toes, looking for scams. I really don't relax till I have the item in my hands. Anyway I will post a review on my opinion on the horn. I am glad I got it before christmas, its a nice christmas present to myself.
 

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All I can interject is that some Asian sopranos are OK and some are terrible. I would make sure it can ge had on a trial before buying. Worst I have seen are Maxtone and Soul. Best is Belcrest which was a pretty good one.
 

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I have a straight, two-neck Woodwind soprano that I bought new from the WWBW in 2001. At the time I also tried two Woodwind curvies. They were terrible, but the straight horn was a good player. I still have it and I don't need it anymore because I have my Yani SC-900 stencil. I'd sell it for $325 in needs-nothing, recently regulated, near-new condition.
 
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