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The Selmer Super balanced Action, SBA is a saxophone that was made from 1948 to 1954
The soprano saxophone is a higher-register variety of the saxophone, a woodwind instrument, invented in the 1840s.
The soprano is the third smallest member of the saxophone family, which consists from smallest to largest of the soprillo, sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, contrabass saxophone and tubax.
The soprano saxophone is mainly used as a solo and chamber instrument in classical music, though it is occasionally used in a concert band or orchestra.It is included in the saxophone quartet and plays a lead role.
Many solo pieces have been written for it by composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos, Alan Hovhaness, Jennifer Higdon, Takashi Yoshimatsu, and John Mackey.
As an orchestral instrument, it has been used in several compositions.
It was used by Richard Strauss in his Sinfonia Domestica, where included in the music are parts for four saxophones, including a soprano saxophone in C.
It is also used in Maurice Ravel's "Bolero" and has a featured solo directly following the tenor saxophone's solo.
Vincent d'Indy includes a soprano in his opera Fervaal.
Notable classical soprano saxophonists include Marcel Mule,Daniel Deffayet,Michel Nouaux,David Brutti,Claude Delangle,Jean-Yves Fourmeau,Daniel Carlier,Marcus Weiss,Christian Wirth
While not as popular as the alto and tenor saxes in jazz, the soprano saxophone has played a role in the evolution of that music.
Greats of the jazz soprano sax include 1930s virtuoso Sidney Bechet, 1950s innovator Steve Lacy, and, beginning with his landmark 1960 album My Favorite Things, John Coltrane.
Other well known jazz players include: Wayne Shorter, Paul McCandless, Johnny Hodges, Walter Parazaider, Bob Berg, Joe Farrell, Joe Giardullo, Lucky Thompson, Sonny Fortune, Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, Gary Bartz, Dan Forshaw, Bennie Maupin, Branford Marsalis, pKirk Whalum, Kasai Tanco, Jan Garbarek, Danny Markovitch of Marbin, Paul Winter, Jorge Vizcarrondo, Dave Liebman, Evan Parker, Sam Newsome and Charlie Mariano.
Rare Selmer Super balanced Action # 54.xxx 1953