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Allora AASS-301 Series Student Soprano Saxophone  
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A terrific value for students.


With a sound that is rich, strong and even, the Allora AASS-301 soprano saxophone will get students off to a great musical start. Features include professional-style keywork, a high F# note, tilting G# key/Bb table keys, leather pads and an adjustable thumb rest. Recommended by students, parents and teachers, the Allora Soprano Saxophone is an amazing buy. Includes wood frame case, mouthpiece, ligature and cap.

The Allora line of instruments was developed to offer the student musician an excellent start to their music career, at prices that parents can afford. Allora instruments meet exacting standards for intonation, comfort, and mechanical reliability and are an ideal alternative to renting.


Features
  • Professional-style keywork
  • Lacquered brass body and neck
  • Adjustable thumb rest
  • High F# note
  • Front F
  • Tilting G# key and Bb table keys
  • Includes wood frame case, mouthpiece, ligature and cap

Recommended by students, parents and teachers.

 

AASS-301 Series Student Soprano Saxophone Specifications:

  • Model: AASS-301 soprano sax
  • Level: student
  • Key: Bb
  • Body, neck and bell material: lacquered brass
  • Range: to high F#
  • Table keys: tilting G# and Bb
  • Pads: leather
  • Boosters: plastic
  • Thumb rest: adjustable
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AlloraAASS-301 Series Student Soprano Saxophone
 
4.0

(based on 11 reviews)

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Professional Repair Tech

        I graduated from the Nation's formost repair school (Allied).I performed Musically In over 8 Marine Corps Bands and was selected to be repair tech for the President's Marine Band. I have worked...Read complete review

        I graduated from the Nation's formost repair school (Allied).I performed Musically In over 8 Marine Corps Bands and was selected to be repair tech for the President's Marine Band. I have worked with several well known universities to advise and lecture repair, design and music accoustical dynamics. Don't waste your money on expensive sopranos. This is a great horn for a pro,doubler or student. I'm usin' it on my next gig. Even the mouthpiece is good; use Hemke reeds.Even the most expensive horns are not more than 10% better than this!This is a way better axe than Trane had for "My Favorite Things"!!Also very mechanically sound-ribbed construction!!!

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        You get what you pay for

        I took a chance on this sax but am disappointed.

        The mouthpiece this sax included with was useless,the profile of the tip of the mouthpeice did not match a reed....Read complete review

        I took a chance on this sax but am disappointed.

        The mouthpiece this sax included with was useless,the profile of the tip of the mouthpeice did not match a reed. 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, small leaks, 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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        1.0

        Don't buy, don't do it

        By EviliOdd

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Novice

        Pros

          Cons

          • Inconsistent
          • Poor Quality
          • Requires Adjustment Often

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            Comments about Allora AASS-301 Series Student Soprano Saxophone:

            I've played tenor sax for the past 5 years and was interested in picking up soprano, it was only going to be a side instrument and as I didn't plan to play any performances on the instrument I ended up getting a cheap model. Very bad decision. This sax is a pain, the low #c key broke the day I got the horn, and the #f key frequently gets stuck on the g key, and the the tone is in no way shape or form consistent. It is not a fun horn to play and its not even viable for beginners, they'll get annoyed and frustrated and give up trying to learn.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Decent soprano sax for the price

            By Dantilus

            from Ohio

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                • School Bands

                Comments about Allora AASS-301 Series Student Soprano Saxophone:

                I purchased this soprano saxophone for my son. He is in high school, plays alto sax in symphonic band, and plays tenor sax in jazz band and marching band. He wanted a soprano sax to have at home to play around with.

                Per the reviews on this site, we also bought a Yamaha 4C mouthpiece. My son did not try the mouthpiece that came with the saxophone.

                When we received the saxophone, several of the notes would not play correctly. We took it to the woodwind tech at a local music store, who looked at the issue and said that some pieces were out of alignment and not covering the holes properly, and that he could fix it but that it would cost some money. We explained the issue to customer service at Musician's Friend, who promptly shipped a new soprano saxophone out to us.

                The second saxophone played much better. However, there were still several notes that whistled when played. We took this saxophone to the local woodwind tech... He found some small issues with some pads not sealing properly, which he fixed in a couple of minutes for free. His recommendation was to have the saxophone adjusted again after it had been played for awhile.

                At this point we are happy with the purchase and Musician's Friend. Overall, this saxophone sounds good, and it's perfect for what my son wants to do with it. It's not the same quality of materials and craftsmanship that you get with the better name saxophones, but that is reflected in the price. I'm not sure if the quality issues we saw were typical or not.

                My main concern was that this wasn't going to be a "real" instrument, but a toy that no amount of effort could make usable. That's fortunately not the case. This is a very playable instrument that sounds good (though it took a little extra work to get it that way)

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great value

                By playingforfun

                from jonesboro, tn

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Play

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                    Comments about Allora AASS-301 Series Student Soprano Saxophone:

                    For the money, this is a great instrument. Sounds good, plays good. Intonation seems pretty consistent through both octaves. I went ahead and ordered a yamaha C4 mouthpiece due to the terrible reviews on the original one. Started playing right out of the box. Never even tried the original mouthpiece. Yes, it's a lightweight instrument, but take care of it and you will have lots of fun. By the way this comes with an angled neck as well as a straight neck. The angled neck allows for easy use of the neck strap which is a plus.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Not bad for the price

                    By Keymechanism

                    from Utah

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Cheap

                    Cons

                    • Cheap

                    Best Uses

                    • Self Teaching

                    Comments about Allora AASS-301 Series Student Soprano Saxophone:

                    I ordered this because of some of the positive reviews. I wanted to start learning the sax immediately and didn't want to save up for an actual instrument. The horn plays. It struggles to play the low register but I'm a noob so could be operator error. The g key needle spring keeps falling out of its pillar, I have to shove it back in at least every ten minutes of play time. The mouthpiece is worthless, Yamaha 4C is a cheap alternative that sounds good. It is what it is. A cheap horn. With all the pros and cons associated with it. But it does play.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    exellent , great sound , easy to play

                    By chris nelson

                    from saint paul,minnesota

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Play
                    • Great quality sound
                    • Quality Craftsmanship
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Warm Tone

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                        Comments about Allora AASS-301 Series Student Soprano Saxophone:

                        i recently ordered and recieved this and i find this great quality beautiful tone/beautiful sound , beautiful design ,it plays very easily i am happy i bought it . the only thing is the mouth piece that this comes with the mouth will not let a sound so i ordered a yamaha 4c sopano sax mouth piece and the sax plays beautifully so it was only a problem with the mouth piece that comes with it , so you do need to order a mouth piece with it and i suggest the yamaha 4c soprano sax mouth piece it works great ,and by the way the stand for soprano sax is the same stand you use for flugelhorn so if you cant find soprano sax stand get the flugelhorn stand it the same stand peg/stand. also the flugelhorn mute is also a soprano sax mute. order this you be happy you did but also buy a mouth piece when you buy this get it i am glad i did.

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                        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent

                        By RSeames

                        from Michigan

                        Comments about Allora AASS-301 Series Student Soprano Saxophone:

                        I had received the Allora AASS-301 Soprano Saxophone last week.

                        Just like anyone else I am always nervous purchasing an item that I have not yet seen in person yet. I have also read some terrible reviews as well as some good ones for this Sax. I took my chance and was amazing pleased.

                        Note: To those who said this horn was a peice of junk saying pads leaked and some registers were unplayable. They must realize that just liek any instrument you CAN get a bad one out of the bunch. I assume that is what heppened to them. The horn I recieved was perfect. I could easily produce the lower register as I could the higher. Although, it is true what some of the others say, the mouthpeice is complete garbage. I tried playing with it a couple days, hardly able to make a decent sound, I bought a new mouthpeice, not this horn sings.

                        Be sure to have extra reeds and this comes with one cheap reed.

                        Other than the mouthpeice this is an excellent buy and I am having a great time with it!

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                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        You get what you pay for

                        By Rodney Bungard

                        from New England

                        Comments about Allora AASS-301 Series Student Soprano Saxophone:

                        I took a chance on this sax but am disappointed.

                        The mouthpiece this sax included with was useless,the profile of the tip of the mouthpeice did not match a reed. 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, small leaks, 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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                        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Soprano Sax - Allora AASS-301

                        By Rebecca Burdge

                        from Undisclosed

                        Comments about Allora AASS-301 Series Student Soprano Saxophone:

                        Great Sax
                        I read some great reviews and some awful reviews about this sax. I was very nervous purchasing it sight unseen. I was relieved when my daughters music teacher said it was a great sax to learn on.
                        Beautiful tone and sound.
                        Great little instrument for the price.

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                        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Blown Away

                        By Yesman123456

                        from Undisclosed

                        Comments about Allora AASS-301 Series Student Soprano Saxophone:

                        Fantastic.
                        I purchased this horn and what can i say? Im blown. The horn works, feels, sounds fantastic. Night bright tone and great quality parts. Do yourself a favor, and purchase this sax!

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                        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Good Value

                        By Ldunc95-6F-dT

                        from Poconos, Pennsylvania

                        Comments about Allora AASS-301 Series Student Soprano Saxophone:

                        This sax is overall a good purchase for any beginner or novice, if you are looking for intonation move up to the Professional series which is only about $600 more-compared to $2000.00 with the big name horns.
                        This review is based on the second horn that I received. The first horn that I ordered had a problem with the spring mechanism which affected the b flat and the G sharp keys. The b flat would stick and the G sharp had a delay-therefore I returned that defective sax. Musiciansfriend's customer service department was excellent in terms of handling the issue. They sent me an e-mail return label and overnighted me a replacement horn. The replacement is has a smooth and silky sound and is a very good value for the price. It looks very nice as well a gold laquer on the entire sax (not using the nickel plated keys like most student horns). Overall I am very happy with the purchase in terms of customer service and quality of the replacement sax. I would recommend this sax to anyone who is interested in the Soprano sax, but not interested in paying and arm and a leg to find out if they like it.
                        The quality of this horn is fairly good, it does not look, feel or sound like a student horn.
                        This sax is a great value

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