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JP 043G Soprano Saxophone Bb Gold Lacquer Absolutely stunning performance for the price. High F#, high G and two crooks. Excellent tuning characteristics. Supplied with an easy blow mouthpiece and lightweight case. Professional players have purchased this sax for their own use.
This is a remarkable specification for the price. Soprano saxophones with two crooks, high F#, high G and an accurate tuning scale are usually restricted to professional models. The performance level is attested by the fact that several top players have purchased this instrument for professional use and have also recommended them for use by music students doing degrees in major music colleges.
Although capable of a very high standard of play, these instruments are priced to be attractive in the starter player market. The mouthpiece that is supplied is fine to get a novice started, but an upgrade mouthpiece will allow the instrument to reach it's full potential. The Yamaha range of mouthpieces are a cost effective option and will offer a good improvement. A mid range or professional mouthpiece will lift the performance to the highest levels.
What the Experts Say
We recently received this email
I received the new Soprano a few days ago.....I can't believe how good it is, not only to play but the quality of workmanship and the standard to which it is built is incredible!.
We always expect to struggle with intonation a little with the best of Sops, but you just blow this and everything is there. It is without doubt the best Sop I have ever blown.
I will be recommending it to all of my colleagues in the profession.
I wish these instruments were around years ago.
Many thanks for your speedy and efficient service.
(ex Jack Parnell, Ted Heath, Bob Sharples bands.)
An extract from a recent email
Just to corroborate Pete Long's, Jamie Talbots's and John Whelan's comments regarding your sax range.
For a start both the tenor and sop I ordered came within four days. Both of them have a clear, full and even sound with wonderful intonation, and even the mouthpieces that came with them are perfectly acceptable for students. Before I opened the cases I just thought of emailing you to say that, despite having a sling, smashing carry case, shoulder straps and mouthpiece and ligature you slipped up by not including a reed - but - silly me, a reed was on the mouthpiece and an extra in the case!
I am using these instruments solely now and everyone is most impressed. I wish I could have had them in the ultra busy days of the 60's to 80's when I was blowing myself out every night with the Eric Winstone band and touring and recording with Sammy Davis, Sarah Vaughn et al. The demanding work of the Sondheim musicals would also have been much easier with the ease of playing that these surprising horns have.
Please bring out a master clarinet and range of flutes soon and we'll all be happy!
All the best
The 043 was used by John in the recording of the Royal Variety performance 2007!
Dear Sirs, I recently purchased the above Soprano Sax from you and am so impressed with it I felt I just had to contact you.
I already play tenor and alto saxes in a local swing band and also a saxophone quintet. In order to dep. for our Soprano player when he's absent, I'd been playing with the idea of getting a Soprano of my own but since it wasn't going to be my main instrument, I was reluctant to spend a fortune on getting one.
A friend pointed out your website to me and although I would normally be reluctant to buy before I tried an instrument, I decided to take a chance and place an order. Upon receipt I was impressed by the build quality and general feel of the instrument as well as the attractive and practical case. I have to say though that the mouthpiece supplied with it is only just adequate and initially I wasn't too taken with the sound. However, once I replaced it with a Yamaha mouthpiece and a Van Doren reed, it sounded superb and this is the only thing I would say by way of criticism. I played it today at a gig and my fellow players were as impressed with it as I am. This Soprano represents incredible value for money particularly when compared to the entry level sops made by Yamaha and the like. I am hardly of the same stature as John Whelan, who has provided a glowing account of this model on your website, but I am more than happy to add my testimonial to his in order to recommend this instrument to others. Thanks for your prompt service - keep up the good work. I shall certainly recommend you to others. Regards, David J. Fantom.
20/12/2007. The 043 was recently played by Carl Brunsdon in a 3 month US tour by tribute band 'the Australian Pink Floyd'.
Please note that the mouthpiece with which this instrument is supplied is appropriate for inexperienced players. As is customary, more experienced players would use a more sophisticated mouthpiece of their choice.
* Quotes provided courtesy of John Packer Ltd.