Sopranissimo saxophone

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Sopranissimo saxophone
Eppelsheim Soprillo Saxophone 2000s.jpg
Woodwind instrument
Hornbostel–Sachs classification 422.212-71
(Single-reeded aerophone with keys)
Inventor(s) Adolphe Sax
Developed 28 June 1846[1]
Playing range
Soprillo sax range.jpg

In B: sounds a minor seventh higher than written.
Sounding: Sounding range of sopranissimo saxophone.png
Related instruments

Military band family:

Orchestral family:

Other saxophones:

  • Sopranissimo saxophone ('Soprillo')
  • Tubax
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The sopranissimo or soprillo saxophone is the smallest member of the saxophone family. It is pitched in B, one octave above the soprano saxophone. Because of the difficulties in building such a small instrument—the soprillo is 30 cm (12 in) long, 33 cm (13 in) with the mouthpiece—it is only recently that a true sopranissimo saxophone has been produced. The keywork only extends to a written high E (rather than F, F♯, or sometimes G, like most saxophones) and the upper octave key has to be placed in the mouthpiece.

The extremely small mouthpiece requires a small and focused embouchure, making the soprillo difficult to play, particularly in its upper register. There is very little market demand for soprillos, reducing the economy of scale and making the soprillo more expensive than more common saxophones like the alto or tenor.

As of 2015, soprillos were being manufactured by the German instrument maker Benedikt Eppelsheim and the retail price is approximately US$3,400

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  1. ^ "June 28, 1846: Parisian Inventor Patents Saxophone". Retrieved 14 February 2011. 

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