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The mouthpiece is fixed (as in position) on the Soprillo, right?I think the seller is using pics from the old soprillo.com site. They don't come up for sale used very often. When I ordered mine, Benedikt Eppelsheim offered faster delivery if I accepted a used one from the leader of the Nuclear Whales. I guess the first owner couldn't play it to his satisfaction, which is believable because Soprillos are very hard to play.
When Benedikt changed the Soprillo and added pearls on the keys, he offered to trade me a new one for my old one - no charge. I had helped him promote the Soprillo and other instruments with my videos, but I paid the same price for the horns as anyone else, so he did me some favors. I traded for the newer Soprillo, although the first one played just as well. The second owner of my original Soprillo, and I have forgotten who it is, posted some recordings and sounded great.
The Soprillo is very well made, but requires a lot of dedication. Nigel Wood shows what is possible, but switching to Soprillo is like switching to oboe. I know of one top Los Angeles woodwind doubler who owns one, and he told me he refuses to play it in public. Of course, he has a big reputation at stake. I don't, so I play mine now and then where others can hear me - always to a positive response.