Re: soprano sax brand
Have you ever played a soprano sax? Going from the bass clarinet to soprano sax will be quite a switch. All soprano saxophones have intonation issues that would surprise most clarinet players.
I took a risk and bought an E.M. Winston soprano sax because I didn't have the money for the more well-known and trusted brands. I've had it for about two years, and am very happy with it. Other than needing new neck cork when it arrived (it was used) it has needed absolutely no repair in that time, though it is not played every day.
Both I and my daughter play the horn, and we are both very pleased with it. She played it in a "Hallelujah Chorus" ensemble for the school concert last Christmas. I have played it several times for church.
I don't know where the dealers would be, but the company is based in Boston. Good luck in your search.