Re: Great affordable sopranos
I am a vintage horn nut, and I typically go for vintage conn sopranos. you would want one that was straight with a ring for your thumb instead of a hook they have some of the best intonation of any of the vintage horns, kinda surprising that they were made in the late twenties. you should probably pay about 1000 for one online though in good condition they can be worth up too about 2000 or more depending on the plating and rarety... etc.
I also have tried an old buescher curved soprano and it played beautifully. the curved sopranos tend to have a darker richer sound than the goose like squaking that amatures oftentimes get out of a straight horn. For an old buescher you should probably pay about the same as a Conn or maybe a little less, it jsut depends so much on condition and so fourth. One thing that will affect you if you decide to go ahead and get a vintage soprano you will probably also want to find a vintage mouthpiece or one with a round chamber, the squared off chambers of today do not play intune on vintage horns, also the round chamber will give you a darker more mature sound on soprano.