Soprano sarrusophone

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The Soprano sarrusophone is a member of the sarrusophone family. It is a keyed metal double reed instrument with a conical bore, pitched in B-flat. Its range is approximately the same as that of the soprano saxophone and its tone is similar to that of the oboe, although louder and less refined, more like a shawm. Although used in wind bands in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it is today extremely rare, as few original specimens survive. New instruments can still be purchased on a special order basis from the ORSI firm of Italy.