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A perfect first soprano or doubler horn.
A great buy for a first soprano or for the doubler, the 547GL has all of the features you will need. A high F# key, tilting Bb spatula key, and Jupiter's legendary tone come standard.
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The Bad: I understand saxes like this must be made to keep companies in business but here are the things that drive me nuts. Low B flat key travel is incredibly long, it should only go down a 1/4 inch... nice and tight this is not. C# does the same thing, goes down too far so going to Bflat is quite the hike and impossible on your thirds. D# key is off about a full inch; I actually close that key on the arm of the key not on the key itself - it feels awful, my pinky doesn't touch the palette at all, unreal. The cork is squishy on the palm keys making the action seem sloppy. All key's should feel like the alt F# key on the right hand. B on the left hand feels heavy and slow while it try's to move all those other rods around. Many keys go down but don't touch anything for the first 1/8 inch, so there is a lot of play between the keys which makes fast playing almost impossible and makes everything feel like you are doing everything twice which is annoying, like turning the steering wheel on a car yet the tires don't move. The one thing I hate the most is G. B and A sound great... press down G and it feels like someone took closed off some of the air going in the horn and then closed the bell partially with their hand. It was really disappointing. Intonation is awful if using a tuner but not noticeable if you are not using a tuner. I tuned to C on my digital tuner and thereafter went through all the notes, some are flat 30 cents, some are sharp 15 cents.... only low D, low B, middle C and high A were in tune. You should never have to change your embouchure to hit notes. Everything else I have to bite hard down on the mouthpiece or drop my jaw to the ground to get anywhere near the 0 cent mark. Horn does not blow as easy as a Keilwerth or Selmer which is unfortunate since that's the first requirement in making a giant killer. This thing is no match to a Bauhuas. The good: strong action, good for any player. Solid build, feels like an old Serie II. Good finish, and many of the notes sound really nice on this horn. Nice case. Nice and loud, projects very well. Crisp clear notes, nothing farty or jazzy, good for legit/concert band up through high school, not for college and not for quartet or for piano accompaniment due to intonation. Overall ergonomics are good, just a few keys (noted above) are awful. I would pay $700 for this horn, not $1600. If you are new to the sax this is a good horn I guess, if you played for years on Selmer's, Couf's, and Keilwerth's you will hate this horn (or at least you should hate it)... 3 stars.
Although I didn't buy this soprano new or from WWBW, I have to say it has served me well so far. It has a nice centered tone and the sound is sweet and mellow, not harsh and bright as some of the other cheaper sopranos on the market are. The left hand palm keys are a little cramped, so small hands would serve you well with this horn. The scale is even up and down. Intonation isn't perfect, but it is easily adjustable. I would say that this horn is worth the money.
The 547 GL soprano is a sweet sounding horn. I had been looking for a nice soprano, and lo and behold i found it. The GL compliments my 875 EX alto perfectly. In my opinion the 547 GL, is the best soprano anyone can buy for the price. Believe Me!!!
I don't really know too much about soprano saxes, but I think this one gets a great sound. I suggest a Yamaha 4C mouthpiece and 2.5 Java (sub brand of Vandoren) reeds. They really get a nice sound.
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