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I've been using a Yamaha 475 soprano professionally for years. There's no better soprano for the money. I've been wanting to get a higher end Yamaha for a while, but the fact is I haven't really needed to yet because the 475 does the job so well. Here is a link of me playing it on youtube, if you're curious how they sound in a live situation, at least as played by me.

If you can get a good deal on one, like under a grand, then you'll be in great shape.
 

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A good friend of mine has a Yamaha custom sop that I used to record the studio version of that youtube tune. I honestly can barely tell the difference in sound between the custom and my 475. I'd probably like the custom more if I had the chance to get used to it, but seriously, the 475 will do everything you need it to do. It's plenty of horn for amazingly cheap, and if you get used to it I don't think it will ever hold you back.
 

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Yeah A, thanks for checking it out. It's my band Snarky Puppy, we live in Denton, TX and play in DFW. We play with groove guys like Keith Anderson, Bobby Sparks, Bernard Wright, and guys like that from time to time. Our group is kind of a world-funk-fusion thing.

Brought to you by the 475!
 

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Thanks a lot man, I appreciate that. It's been a while since I played a Bundy.... I'd be surprised if there wasn't something there to like. Not to hijack the thread, but how do you like that Yanagisawa, by the way? I've been thinking of trying one out for when I do upgrade. If it can hold with your 62 sop I'd imagine it's a pretty strong horn. I've never played a Yani soprano but I've heard nothing but good things, about the higher end ones anyway.
 

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matty said:
I love my 475 sop. Does what I want/ need. Love the tone and response. You can hear my version of how it sounds at: http://www.myspace.com/mattadamsquartet The tune "the good dog" is the only sop. tune I've got there right now. Buy it man, you won't regret it!!
Cool tunes and nice playing on your myspace page, Matt.
 
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