I am interested in purchasing a Soprano Saxophone to play for my own pleasure and after considering my following comments, would very much appreciate your guidance on 2 or 3 instruments to consider for purchase. Although it's on my "bucket list" to get paid to play music, that is not my current focus. I am a young retiree with a lot of time on my hands to practice. I began playing clarinet at age 7, and then switched to alto saxophone as my primary instrument at age 13. Somewhere in there I also played some soprano clarinet and baritone saxophone. Between 13 and 19 (Jr. High through 1st yr college), 95% of my playing time was on Alto sax. My 1st yr of college I was a music major (woodwinds) and my advisor/professor forced me to play more clarinet than I wanted. Realizing I would starve as a musician Band teacher, I changed majors and stopped regularly playing any instruments. From age 20 - 49 I would pull out my alto and play it maybe 2 or 3 times a year. Since retirement I want to play more music and build a collection of instruments - that includes each of the most common saxophones. I currently have: my original Yamaha YAS-61 Alto which has been fully restored (after having been destroyed in hurricane Katrina), A Jean Cartier Tenor I picked up on CraigsList.com, and a student line Selmer Bb Clarinet on eBay. After purchasing a Soprano Sax, I will begin saving and searching for a baritone Saxophone to add to my collection.
Thank you for asking your question about giving you some guidance in your search for a soprano saxophone.
I am a Selmer fan and would be very remiss if I did not begin by pointing you in that direction first. The Selmer Paris Series II Model 51 Jubilee Edition is a fine instrument. It is a professional saxophone which responds and plays exactly like it should. It sells new for around $5000.
The Selmer SS600 Soprano Saxophone is more of a student level instrument and is price as such. The responsiveness and tone is good at best. But again the price will reflect that. It sells new for around $2000.
I have owned half a dozen or so soprano saxophones through the years. I currently play a Cool Reed Pipes Soprano by SMI. It is a saxophone that is not only responsive but has an excellent tone! I do know of a used one available if you are interested. It sold new for around $1500.
I would love to help you when looking for a Bari Sax when you begin your search later on.
I appreciate you asking your question and allowing me to advise. I wish you well on your search and hope to hear back from you if you should need more advise or want to share what you have found.