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Bauhaus sopranino
I really wanted a saxophone I could travel with as hand luggage and be certain not to run in to problems with the airline. I saw the sopranino in phosphor bronze, it seemed perfect and I received it as a self chosen present. Nearly ten years on it is still performing brilliantly despite the challenges of such small instruments. The Bauhaus mouthpiece that came with it pushed on as far as it will go for optimal intonation and with hard reeds works fine after some practice. I carry it as a minimal size / weight back up instrument occasionally surprising people (pleasantly hopefully) by leaping 2 octaves from my usual baritone.

Despite no one "needing" a sopranino I can recommend this model for travelling, playing in groups such as saxophone choirs or just for fun etc.

Bauhaus curved soprano
It was so good I decided to buy this and sell my Yanagisawa professional model curved soprano. This was a decision based on playability not finance. A very experienced Barnes and Mullins representative told me that the Yanagisawa was the same model as used by a lecturer specialising in soprano saxophone at one of the top 5 music colleges. I hadn't been thinking of replacing my curved soprano but when I tried it in a shop it seemed better than the Yanagisawa. I had the Yanagisawa serviced by Howarths and tried them side by side. I found the Bauhaus was more reliable with intonation and tone especially on the high notes such as the runs and leaps in the Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone by Heitor Villa-Lobos.

I was amazed so I bought it and sold the Yanagisawa for nearly three times what I paid for the Bauhaus. It still plays well several years on with a Selmer C* mouthpiece and hard reeds, I have no regrets and would recommend these instruments to anyone.

Bauhaus Baritone
I was playing baritone on a fairly regular basis having not done so for some years. I had a serviceable 1930s Pennsylvania Special to low Bb which was good for soloing and most ensemble work but required a bit more effort with quiet low passages. An experience playing with an ensemble that required a lot of repetitative bass lines at the bottom of the register including deciding what to substitute for the missing low A (ie high A, C, C# or E) made me decide to look for a replacement instrument.

I tried a Buffet, Selmer Mk VI, Yanagisawa 901, Yamaha 32 and 62, Chiltern and John Packer Cadence before deciding to buy a Bauhaus phosphor bronze instrument. Each instrument had its pros and cons. I thought it sounded at least as good as any of the others and was at least as easy to play too.

Martin at Bauhaus was very accomodating and helpful in helping me try two baritones he had in stock and in the purchase of various other accessories. I have now been playing it for 6 months and colleagues have been very complimentary of its sound.

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