Need any advice or experience on the Allora Saxophones.. Thanks!!
Yes, I think the Allora saxes I've seen were bought at WWBW and they were made in Germany. It's around ten years ago and B&S is gone so I guess if the brand is still on the market the saxes are made in Asia.But isn't the name now used as a marketing identity for some pretty generic looking far Eastern saxes sold, in the US by WWBW among others? Look OK, reasonably well reviewed but there seems to be little to mark them out from all the other inexpensive saxes out there.
But hey, aren't we forunate these days? There are just so many perfectly playable cheap saxes available now. When I first started playing, student saxes were pretty expensive and pretty poor. Now they're dirt cheap and pretty good.
That's not politics - here - as long as you keep to the economics. But it could easily drift....I try to buy electronics, musical instrumnets, clothes .... that are made in Europe. Even if it's hard and I have to pay more as well. But we shouldn't talk politics here.
I understand that, Milandro, and one can never be sure about these matters. As always, the proof of the pudding is in the eating(playing)!there are many Chinese saxophones which look the same but are not the same even when they are made from the same factory (which is often inferred when it comes to BW) and often things that look the same are, after a closer examination.......different
Sorry I'm late again,Re: Anyone using an Allora brand Saxophone? Trying to buy a Allora Intermediate sopra
well, now you have your saxophone.
Did you have the chance to try it before buying it? If you did why were you happy enough to buy it and why aren’t you happy now?
Can you return it? If you aren’t happy and the shop has a return policy you definitely should.
AS said before the brandname alone means very little these days because the Allora brand could have never been registered or their registration could have not being maintained by the B&S brand (which no longer produces saxophones!).
Therefore you have, in all probability, bought a Chinese saxophone with this particular name like the one sold here
If that is the case you have some protection and a return policy. If you are not happy definitely return.
Buying a cheap soprano is always a difficult thing. Even if intonation would be satisfactory the mechanics of the soprano are, often, complex to the point that it is almost guaranteed that a cheap one will be needing some attention.
Some technicians are able, at a price, to improve these cheap sopranos and bring them at par with some decent instruments but the cost of their expertise often equals the cost difference that you would have paid to buy a good soprano anyway.
That is why I often recommend to buy a relatively cheap, secondhand , robust soprano like a Yamaha 475. Which is a simple workhorse difficult to match in its robust simplicity but even then , you pay a minimum of two to 3 times as much the price mentioned above.