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What's the difference between a sopranino sax and a soprano sax?

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I was listening to an Anthony Braxton CD. "Echo Echo Mirror House." Braxton is playing Sopranino sax and a soprano sax on the CD. I don't notice a difference. What's the difference between the two?

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A soprano is in B flat an octave above a tenor and a sopranino is in e flat an octave above an alto, and hence it's even tinier.

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It's for those moments when you need to take squeakiness up to 11 :D

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5 hours ago, Guy Berger said:

It's for those moments when you need to take squeakiness up to 11 :D

Nah, that's what Eefers, Eb clarinets, are for. :)

Aside: though almost all soprano saxes are indeed in B-flat, there are C soprano saxes, too (one octave above the C-melody (tenor) sax). They're not common, but they exist.

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On April 10, 2017 at 1:15 PM, Hardbopjazz said:

I was listening to an Anthony Braxton CD. "Echo Echo Mirror House." Braxton is playing Sopranino sax and a soprano sax on the CD. I don't notice a difference. What's the difference between the two?

The sopranino is reserved for those special occasions in which the artist seeks to attain a level of annoyance that is beyond the capabilities of even the dreaded soprano sax.

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Braxton was being kind. There's a saxophone even smaller than the sopranino. Behold the sopranissimo (or "soprillo") saxophone:

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On 4/11/2017 at 5:43 PM, lipi said:

Nah, that's what Eefers, Eb clarinets, are for. :)

Aside: though almost all soprano saxes are indeed in B-flat, there are C soprano saxes, too (one octave above the C-melody (tenor) sax). They're not common, but they exist.

...and I want one, a C-soprano that is.

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