Re: Do I really need a high F# key on a new soprano saxophone ?
If you do a lot of classical soprano playing, they definitely come in handy. If you could go up to $695, kesslermusic.com sells the Antigua 582LQ at that price. I think that horn is much better than the price suggests, as do many other players, and you definitely wouldn't go wrong with it. The 582 has a one-piece body keyed to F#, the 586 has two necks (one straight, one curved) and goes to F#, and the 590 has the same two necks, but goes to G. The 586 and 590 play identically, and I hear the 582 is also pretty much the same.