Kessler Custom Standard Series Soprano Sax
Standard Series Soprano Sax Features
Our Standard Series Soprano Sax features an advanced professional bore with an excellent quality brass. Featuring a heavier “Ribbed Body” construction for a richer core tone, the Standard Series Sopranos utilizes a removable neck design to offer the player greater ergonomic flexibility than a 1 piece soprano. The curved neck allows the player to hold the soprano down closer to the body while also providing a little mellower tone. Standard Series Sopranos also use Mother of Pearl finger touches for a more elegant feel.
Is this the Right Soprano for You?
Soprano Saxophones are very misunderstood instruments. They are commonly considered more difficult to play than an alto or tenor saxophone.
In reality, the problem with soprano saxophone has more to do with how they are played rather than the soprano sax itself. Plainly put, you cannot play a soprano sax the same way you would an alto sax as they are not the same instrument! Dave Kessler wrote an article about this very issue and details:
- Why is soprano harder to play?
- How to choose a soprano
- How best to approach playing soprano
Take a moment and read the article here: Dave Kessler’s Music Blog – Choosing a Soprano Sax
Every soprano sax that we send out includes a copy of our “Soprano Sax Playing Tips Guide” that will help players achieve the best performance out of their soprano sax. You can also download a PDF copy of that guide by clicking here.
Every horn we send out to a customer is not released from us unless it has been completely setup in our shop first. This is because the setup on the horn is of the utmost importance! Sometimes, a saxophone (regardless of who the manufacturer or the price point is) comes in needing 20 minutes of adjustments and then the very next one can require 2 hours! So if you were to get 5 of the same model right out of the box, they will all play different which leads people to believe that they are “good” or “bad” saxes… but the reality is that the one that was the best out of the 5 was likely the one that needed the least amount of work and on the flip side, the “bad” sax was the one that needed 2 hours worth of adjustments!
Once the same 5 saxophones are properly regulated and adjusted to perfection, they become near identical saxophones that even the pickiest of players would be challenged to pick a true “favorite” horn. However, since most stores do not or even can not perform this setup, the player never knows this and is simply relying on the luck of the draw. This is why we perform our setup (in our www.SaxophoneRepairs.com ProShop) on them before delivering your new sax to you. You trust us with your purchase and we want to make sure that you are rewarded by giving you your ideal saxophone setup flawlessly!
|Bore||Professional French Style Bore|
|Body Material||Brass (70% copper), Gold Lacquered|
|Body Construction||Hybrid Ribbed Body Construction|
|Pads||High Quality Leather with Metal Domed Resonators|
|Range||Low Bb to High F#|
|Finger Touches||Mother of Pearl|
|Mouthpiece||Rico Royal B7 (upgrades available)|
|Ligature||Rico H-Ligature in Gold Plate|
|Case||Kessler Custom Backpacker Case|
The Standard Series soprano is only available in this one finish. However, the Deluxe Series soprano features the same performance and design as the Standard Series in a more elaborate design featuring a black nickel plated body with gold lacquered keys, Abalone finger touches & deluxe hand engraving up and down the body tube!
Budget Friendly Models
Our Performance Series Sopranos are also another great option as the feature the same core design as the Standard/Delxue Series but utilize a lighter Single Post construction (quicker response, broader tone) and a 1 piece body design.