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by orangeconemedia
(3 posts)
2 years ago

Is this a good sax?

I am looking for an inexpensive soprano to play. I currently play alto saxophone, but would like to expand my arsenal of instruments. Would an Allora Paris Series Professional soprano saxophone suffice? I'm not sure if this instrument is of a high quality, as it is made in Vietnam. I would really appreciate a reply regarding if I should purchase this instrument.

Thanks in advance,
JC

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  1. by mijderf
    (269 posts)

    2 years ago

    Re: Is this a good sax?

    Here is a link to another saxophone forum with discussions of this model: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?256730-Allora-Paris-Series-Professional-Model-805-Alto

    It sounds like this is a pretty decent model, but it also sounds like the sopranos at www.kesslerandsons.com might be a little better, and they sport a lower price.  In additon, they generally are inspected and adjusted if needed before shipping.  If you are interested in the Kessler, I would recommend that you call them and specifically ask for setup inspection just to make sure it happens on your horn.  Here is the Kessler website: https://www.kesslerandsons.com/soprano-saxophones/

    Good luck! 

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    1. by orangeconemedia
      (3 posts)

      2 years ago

      Re: Is this a good sax?

      Thank you! I had actually never heard of Kessler before. I definetly will keep this company's saxes in consideration.

       

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      1. by mijderf
        (269 posts)

        2 years ago

        Re: Is this a good sax?

        Here is a very nice used one I just ran across:

        https://www.junkdude.com/collections/saxophones/products/yanagisawa-martin-s6-soprano-saxophone

        I have dealt with the owner of this operation, and he is a good guy. 

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        1. by GFC
          (794 posts)

          2 years ago

          Re: Is this a good sax?

          That might not be a  Model 6 but a Model 500 soprano, which replaced the Model 6 as Yanagisawa's offering in the stencil market in 1980.  If it has stainless steel springs it is a 500, which is not nearly as good as the 6.  If that horn is really a Model 6 it's a good deal, if it's a 500 not so much. 

          People get honestly confused when they're unaware of the 500.  Here's a link to another example of someone looking at a 500 and thinking it was another Yanagisawa model.

          http://www.shwoodwind.co.uk/Reviews/Saxes/Sop/yanagisawa_martin_s800.htm

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