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Can anyone who has experience of Selmer and Yanigasawa Sopranino pieces tell of the quality of Yani pieces particularly metal ones. The new Selmer pieces I have are pretty poorly finished, reed unfriendly. The choice in nino pieces is so limited I would love to know of a piece that was up to the quality of available SATB pieces. thanks.
 

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Can anyone who has experience of Selmer and Yanigasawa Sopranino pieces tell of the quality of Yani pieces particularly metal ones.
The Selmer I have is very good, preferable to a Yanagisawa for me. Also very good is a Pillinger.
 

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I haven't played a Selmer 'nino piece but I've played both the rubber and metal Yani pieces. I like them both but prefer the rubber.
 

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What horn are you playing Michael? I use both a Yani HR and an older Selmer. Both are good, but neither are new. Also have a Pillinger but this isn't right for my horns (or just me?). Would be happy to sell the Pillinger. Contct me if interested.
 

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The Yani metals are ok but very very bright even for a nino. I got a stock Selmer and sent it to Joe at Soprano Planet for a reface and been happy ever since. Plays and sounds great. He can adjust the piece to your liking. I'm also wanting on a Pillinger to arrive soon.
 

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What horn are you playing Michael? I use both a Yani HR and an older Selmer. Both are good, but neither are new. Also have a Pillinger but this isn't right for my horns (or just me?). Would be happy to sell the Pillinger. Contct me if interested.
I have a Mk V1. Ed sent me a piece but it didn't work on my horn.
 

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Yanagasawa pieces are quality!!!I use one on sorano, the material discolors but the rails and table as well as the rest stay good if you are careful, good luck!
 

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I use a Yanagisawa metal 5 on my Yanagisawa SN800 nino and I like it (but up til now never used another mpc on my nino - so I'm not able to compare, but I use ebony yanagisawa on sop , alto and tenor and I really like them)
 

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I use mainly a stock Yanagisawa HR 5 on my new Chinese nino and Conn nino (1925) and it sounds very mellow, plays in tune and handles well on both. I bought it second hand so it may be an older one. I've also tried Selmer pieces (I bought one of your older Sop Planet Selmer pieces Michael) and a new Selmer C* (which worked well on a 1923 Buescher nino I used to have); and Vandoren. The Vandoren is good, voices well (comes in one tip size only, not sure what it is equivalent to). I've also tried a Sax Gourmet metal and various Chinese and Taiwan pieces all of which need refacing really to complare to the others (the Sax Gourmet has promise, it voices well and goes up the top end very easily, but I've been struggling with it on my horns so don't play it any more, maybe I got unlucky with the facing, they are very sensitive). Overall for mellow/dark I'd go for a Yani HR piece (not tried the metal) or for something with more power and brighter a Vandoren (although they are expensive), that's certainly the classical choice, with Selmer.
 

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I like the Yani HR5 that I use on my Rampone R1 sopranino! Excellent response and reed friendly
 

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I initially didn't like my the metal Yani 7 that came with my 'nino. So I tried a Yani 5 (HR) and a couple Selmer mpcs (both new and vintage); I even tried a vintage Conn. In the end, after all the swapping, the metal Yani 7 was by far the best and the only one I keep in the case. I use a Brancher Lig with it though as the stock lig gave me some problems.
 
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