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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2013
I am a conservatory trained music educator who studied clarinet; I frequently play in pit orchestras for musicals and double frequently on alto sax. I needed a soprano for a show, and decided to take a chance on this saxophone.

I was pleasantly surprised by the tone quality of this instrument, and I believe it will serve me well as an instrument to double on. Out of the box, it did not have perfect intonation, but I determined that improper key height in a few places was the culprit. After a $35 adjustment from my local repair tech, I'm happy with the scale. The big problem was that the side keys and palm keys opened too far.

Beginners should keep in mind that soprano sax is inherently difficult to play in tune; don't expect a $3000 soprano to be in tune for you unless you have some experience, let alone a sub-$500 horn. If you haven't had any education and this horn plays out of tune for you, it might be you...not the horn.

I would point out that the key corks on this instrument are not cut very cleanly, and definitely look to be of cheaper quality than what comes on top quality horns. That being said, I think they'll last a while before I need them replaced. The pads were ok, but sticky and noisy (particularly the G# key). I put a little talc on the pads and they're fine now.

The mouthpiece that comes with this sax is pure junk; you MUST get something better. A Rico graftonite is good, if you're looking for something inexpensive.

All in all, I'm pretty pleased with this instrument, even though it needed a little work out of the box. As an instrument to double on, I'm happy I was able to get an acceptable horn at this price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2012
I bought this saxphone about half months before, and I just decided to play if for fun. But I just found the sound was sooooooo bright and everyone love it. Actually this saxphone is not as perfect as some expensensive saxphones, but if you just bought a nice mouthpiece and reeds, you will find how awesome this Allora AASS-301 Series saxophones is, and I just love it!!! If you decided to buy a saxophone, This one should be your choice!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2014
First, I am a experienced saxophonist of many years, I play professionally, mostly tenor sax. But, I need a soprano sax at times.

You must understand that Allora saxes are shipped from China or where ever and are really not play tested thoroughly or set up properly...in other words they may or may not play the way they should right out of the case.

I had to make key height adjustments other minor adjustments and lubrication to get the sax to play decent...once done it is not a bad sax for the money.

The mouthpiece is decent...but I did have to open it up for me to get a good soprano sound...it works for me. But, I know saxophones and mouthpieces and am able to do minor repairs and adjustments....if you are not, I strongly suggest you take the sax to a sax tech and have it set up and checked out, before cursing it.

If you buy a Allora from a local music store , they usually have a sax tech and set the horn up before selling it to a customer. Amazon or on-line retailers do not do that, as a rule.

So, over all, it is a good sax , I would recommend it for a pro or beginner.... Most pros that play a soprano as their main instrument will usually opt for a Yani, or Selmer soprano..for me this entry level sax works for the little I use it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2012
I took a chance on this sax but am disappointed.

The mouthpiece this sax included with was useless, If you plan on trying this horn buy another mouthpiece with it.

The tone holes for the octave key on both necks were not centered, on one neck the pad leaked, making the lower register unplayable, the other neck the pad did not leak but the octave key assembly was not mounted straight, it was not bent, but incorrectly made at the factory.

I light checked the pads and found a few other minor issues, pads not centered over tone holes etc. I returned the horn and will be looking for another horn with some quality.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2012
I have play saxophone for 5 years and bought about 4 saxophones already.
I do think this saxophone is pretty and light, also the voice is pretty pretty bright~~
The only thing you need to do is add a new mouthpiece, for the orignal is not that good.
If you do so, you will find you can play the saxophone like kenny G!!!
And I mean it~!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2013
You get what you pay for and MUSIC 123's customer service is the worse. I bought this alto sax and after 2 weeks the thumb rest came off completely. We had to superglue it back on. A month later about 3 of the springs and key depressions were NOT working. I MADE THE MISTAKE OF BUYING THE 2 year Warrantee DONT MAKE My mistake. I called them and they said they'd send a box out to put the instrument in to ship...said it would take 2-3 days...no box...called back 2-3 business days...no box...1 week later no box. They told me straight up that they are not Music 123 and are not a part of their company. I called Music 123 which they told me I was now a few weeks past the return period that I needed to call "their warrantee department back because she couldn't see their details in her department"...I said I bet you can't since you sold me a third party warrantee...she said "oh I'm sorry they are our affiliate...". She then told me there's absolutely nothing she could do and to call them back and see where the box is because it "probably got lost somewhere". Thanks for absolutely nothing....meanwhile my child is going on missing 2 weeks of class with no instrument. Merry Christmas Music 123 for that $400.00 gift that I gave that lasted a month....
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2013
The horn looks nice physically. However, after I tried playing it, I realized that it sounded horrible. It felt like it leaked air, and when I checked each note against a tuner, the low C had terrible intonation. I returned the horn. I have been playing saxophone for over a decade, and trying this horn made me feel sorry for the students who use this instrument, because it probably makes them feel unduly frustrated about their own skills, when in fact they're using a poor quality instrument.
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