Bb soprano, C soprano, and Eb sopranino saxophones.
The Bb soprano is the most common of these- it has experienced
an incredible comeback in both the jazz and classical genres; it is
now widespread despite the fact it was almost extinct forty years
The soprano in C has not been so lucky- it is now no longer made.
It has a slightly reedier sound than the Bb soprano, but it is quite
similar in tone.
The Eb sopranino has a very direct and pure sound, and is the highest
pitched saxophone originally made by Adolph Sax. He had plans for
one in F, but there is no evidence it was ever made.
(an excerpt from mvt. II of the Lunde "Alpine" Sonata for
demo Bb Soprano sax 1.5MB
demo C Soprano sax 0.6MB
demo Eb Sopranino sax 2.5MB
sopranino sax, with piano...
Soliloquy (Hartley) sopranino 2.3
Scherzo (Hartley) sopranino 1.9MB
saxes: curved sopranino, straight sopranino, C soprano, and Bb soprano
the Orsi curved sopranino...
sample of curved sopranino 1.1MB
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