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Discussion in 'Saxophones' started by peejer, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. Ok I know you guys are probably tired of this scenario but I'm almost 50 and empty nest is here :(
    I played alto sax in grade school and would love to start blowing again. I saw the Allora interned. and the pro series horns on sale and wanted y'all's advice on getting that.... or another brand... i'm open to suggestions.
    I'll upgrade the mouthpiece and get accessories but would like to keep the cost below $ 1500.
    Is that reasonable?
    Thanks so much!!!
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2014
  2. On that budget you can find a good used alto. Keep your eyes open for a Yanagisawa 900 or 901, or a Yamaha 61 or 62. There are a lot of other choices at that price range.
  3. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    The Allora that's currently available -- not the one from B&S -- is a student-quality instrument that is made in China or Taiwan. I wouldn't recommend it.

    I wrote a post about older pro-level horns that I'd recommend to, well, anyone, right here. You can find these horns for $1000 or less and get a decent overhaul for the extra $500. More in a minute.
  4. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    Here. Buy this. Like now. It's a Conn Connstellation 28M. It's repadded. It's a great pro horn. It's $1200. Yes, it's a relacquer. Yes, it doesn't have the original keyguards, but whoever fabricated the new ones did a great job. Do I think you'll find a better horn for the price? No. (Tell Dave I sent you. I could use the discount to get my wife's horn fixed.)

    a. Call our 'site sponsor, Quinn the Eskimo Vintage Horns, and see if Quinn set you up with a Yanagisawa 800 or newer or a Yamaha 61 or a intermediate-level Yamaha (52, 34 or better). He may be your overall cheapest bet. I just don't know what stuff he has/will be getting in. (Mention you were referred by me. I could use the discount.)
    b. Here's a YAS-61 pro horn for $950. It's not pretty, but probably doesn't need that much work.
    c. If you've gotta buy a new horn and Quinn can't make you a deal, try Kessler Music.
  5. jbtsax

    jbtsax Distinguished Member Distinguished Member

    You also might consider a Chateau student alto from Musicmedic.com. They are made extremely well and the Music Medic Pro Shop goes through each saxophone before it is shipped. IMO as a teacher and repair tech it is the best value for the price which is only $875.00.
  6. Not that it matters, but I'm curious. Where are they made? I ask because I very much like my Ridenour Lyrique which is made in China but finished and tweaked by Ridenour.
  7. Carl H.

    Carl H. Distinguished Member Distinguished Member

  8. jbtsax

    jbtsax Distinguished Member Distinguished Member

    Chateau is the name of the saxophone line manufactured by Tenon Industries in Taiwan. Jerry Chang is the head of the company. There was a full display of saxophones of all levels made by Tenon at this year's NAPBIRT convention in Portland. The quality and playability of their saxes literally blew the competition away. Chateau USA is a relatively new network of dealers to market their instruments in the U.S. If Curt Altarac of Music Medic stands behind them, you can rest assured that they are excellent instruments.
  9. Thanks y'all ... I've checked out the Music Medic site and the Chateau's look nice. I've sent them a text and hopefully something will work out.
    I'll keep you posted.
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