The P. Mauriat 50sx L'alouette sopranino saxophone is easily the best sopranino that I have ever played! I tested the prototype in Bangkok, Thailand at the 2009 World Saxophone Congress and was utterly astounded. While playing a full chromatic scale, I ascended into the altissimo register sheerly by accident and found myself effortlessly playing an altissimo Bb!!
I had just performed on my (then current sopranino) Selmer Serie II, and immediately wished I had been able to play the PM50sx L'alouette instead. The L'alouette played so naturally and felt so good in my hands, I am sure that I could have substituted it for my Selmer without any problem.
The L'alouette exh! ibited excellent intonation and eveness of tone throughout the entire range. I was especially surprised by the playability of its upper range. When I used the octave key, I got an octave.... not a minor 10th as on other sopraninos. And it leaped effortlessly from the low register into the palm keys. Moreover, its tone was beautifully dark and robust, unlike any sopranino I had ever heard.
I now own two of these beautiful instruments. I have spent more time with the L'alouette and it has surpassed all of my expectations. I recently finished recording my new sopranino CD entitled: HIGH NOTES: MORE NEW MUSIC FOR THE SOPRANINO (Centaur Records CR3142) showcasing the 50sx L'alouette sopranino. The L'alouette was a joy to use on the project, making it EASY to play the sopranino saxophone! Now I can concentrate on my musical goals and get creative with the horn, because I finally have a sopranino that work WITH ME! This is the first real development in the sopranino in ! about 50 years, and it is a massive leap forward. More musicians and composers will be willing to work with the sopranino saxophone now, because P. Mauriat's sopranino has eliminated the problems we all assumed were intrinsic to the instrument. I predict that P. Mauriat's 50sx L'alouette sopranino will change the saxophone world forever. It is now an instrument with endless possibilities.