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Allora Student Series Alto Saxophone Model AAAS-301

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If you are filling out your saxophone section and looking for an affordable alto that is both durable and easy playing, the Allora AAAS-301 Student A...Click To Read More About This Product

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Rich, strong, even sound.


If you are filling out your saxophone section and looking for an affordable alto that is both durable and easy playing, the Allora AAAS-301 Student Alto Saxophone is an excellent choice. It is free blowing and offers excellent intonation for an instrument at this price range. With professional-style keywork, a high F# note, tilting G# key/Bb table keys, leather pads and an adjustable thumb rest, the AAA-301 will get students off to a great musical start. Includes molded 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, neck and bell
Adjustable thumb rest
High F# note
Tilting G# key and Bb table keys
Includes molded case, mouthpiece, ligature and cap

An excellent choice for the beginner.

SPECIFICATIONS
Model: AAAS-301 alto sax
Level: student
Key: Eb
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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AlloraStudent Series Alto Saxophone Model AAAS-301
 
3.7

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (7)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Quality craftsmanship (5)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Warm tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • School bands (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Beginner Instrument

Five stars as a low price beginner instrument.

I bought this for my son to learn on in school band. I have other saxophones to compare it. This was a good...Read complete review

Five stars as a low price beginner instrument.

I bought this for my son to learn on in school band. I have other saxophones to compare it. This was a good instrument for my son. It plays consistently throughout the range, feels solid, intonation is good. Price was on par with renting for a year, and quality is acceptible.

It already survived a drop. I had to adjust the octave key slightly afterwards, and now has a dent. Construction seems solid.

The case feels light and cheap.

Seems on par with the Bundy II I learned on. Keywork is probably a little better, and metal seems a little thicker.

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Disappointed

Purchased a used instrument. It was sealed in a box with "inspected" tape. It arrived in unplayable condition. I took it to a local repair shop. They recommended to...Read complete review

Purchased a used instrument. It was sealed in a box with "inspected" tape. It arrived in unplayable condition. I took it to a local repair shop. They recommended to return it as it needed a lot of repairs. I did. I had purchased 2 new instruments previously & was satisfied but this one was unacceptable.

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(33 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Student Horn on Market

By Jules 4 music

from San Francisco, Calif

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Comments about Allora Student Series Alto Saxophone Model AAAS-301:

A terrific bargain I am a saxophone teacher and always seek the best for young students. this is by far the best for young students or as backup horn for instructor

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Beginner Instrument

By Robert

from Ohio, USA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Play
  • Quality Craftsmanship

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • School Bands

Comments about Allora Student Series Alto Saxophone Model AAAS-301:

Five stars as a low price beginner instrument.

I bought this for my son to learn on in school band. I have other saxophones to compare it. This was a good instrument for my son. It plays consistently throughout the range, feels solid, intonation is good. Price was on par with renting for a year, and quality is acceptible.

It already survived a drop. I had to adjust the octave key slightly afterwards, and now has a dent. Construction seems solid.

The case feels light and cheap.

Seems on par with the Bundy II I learned on. Keywork is probably a little better, and metal seems a little thicker.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Don't Buy This Product!!!!

By cogsley

from Algoma, WI

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Allora Student Series Alto Saxophone Model AAAS-301:

      I bought this instrument primarily based on reviews here and for it's low price. Intended to be used as a band instrument for my 10 yr old. Took it to his music teacher and was told buttons/keys bent and made of low quality metal. The sound was also of poor tonal quality also. So along with its defects its plain and simple...junk. I have been a MF customer for a very very long time and this is the first time this has happened. Will continue to buy from them, but the reviews, which I normally consider when buying from here mislead me this time. In my opinion, if you cant afford a higher quality sax for student use, just rent one.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Disappointed

      By Band Mom

      from Madison, WI

      About Me Novice

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Allora Student Series Alto Saxophone Model AAAS-301:

          Purchased a used instrument. It was sealed in a box with "inspected" tape. It arrived in unplayable condition. I took it to a local repair shop. They recommended to return it as it needed a lot of repairs. I did. I had purchased 2 new instruments previously & was satisfied but this one was unacceptable.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not bad,just not great

          By Gordon Bannister

          from Ma

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Looks Fine Handles Fine
          • Quality Craftsmanship

          Cons

          • Some Notes Bit Off Pitch

          Best Uses

          • Play Along To Recordings

          Comments about Allora Student Series Alto Saxophone Model AAAS-301:

          Good quality construction,feels comfortable to hold,looks pretty good,but was a bit difficult to play with its mouthpiece.Tone quality of notes not as expected.This horn is good for young beginner student,but no one else.I played tenor and alto sax but quit 25 years ago.Getting back into it.Sound could be better.Thus 3 stars only.Case extras all fine.Can recommend for 14, year old,first timer.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Alto Sax

          By PGarvin1

          from Florida

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Play
          • Great For My Personal Use
          • Quality Craftsmanship
          • Rich Sound
          • Warm Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Allora Student Series Alto Saxophone Model AAAS-301:

              Just wanted an inexpensive alto sax to play for my own pleasure and this one fits my needs.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              perfect for a doubler in school band

              By novice doubler

              from S.Central PA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Play
              • Rich Sound
              • Warm Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • School Bands

                Comments about Allora Student Series Alto Saxophone Model AAAS-301:

                Purchased for a 13 yr old clarinetist who was asked to learn alto sax for school marching band. Were a bit leery about a sax at this price point, but since it was for marching band - gave it a try. So happy that we did. Impressive looking instrument and was able to play it out of the case and fluently from a lesson book at second try. Easy to play and produces a very pleasant, warm sound. Surprised how this novice can get such a good tone. Case is nicely constructed. Did have to buy a more comfortable neck strap, and no swab or cork grease is included. Student is very pleased, enjoying it and practicing often. Don't let the bargain price stop you from trying out this sax for a student player. So far, very pleased with the purchase.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great sax

                By Gbluzy335

                from Malabar Florida

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Play
                • Quality Craftsmanship
                • Rich Sound
                • Warm Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Allora Student Series Alto Saxophone Model AAAS-301:

                    Bought this for my 8 year old daughter after her teacher recommended it, it's actually a very nice sounding sax and her teacher couldn't put it down! It sounds great,is put together extremely well and looks beautiful! You won't be disappointed.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    we are very happy

                    By none

                    from reston, va

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Rich Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Allora Student Series Alto Saxophone Model AAAS-301:

                        My Saxophone player friend recommended this and my other saxophone player friend tested it when we received it. They both said this was a good saxophone. My daughter loves that it is brand new (instead of a rental) and there is a beautiful flower etched on the horn. I bought the maintenance plan in case it breaks which was my biggest worry. We have only had it for a week and she is a beginner but so far so good!

                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Fast, but damaged...

                        By Ray

                        from Camarillo, CA

                        About Me Novice

                        Pros

                        • Fast

                        Cons

                        • Damaged

                        Best Uses

                        • School Bands

                        Comments about Allora Student Series Alto Saxophone Model AAAS-301:

                        The Sax looked great, new, and hardley a mark, but....it had 4 valve rods that were bent and the springs were disconnected. How it got through QC is beyond me, other than, there is no QC. I have yet to return the thing, but will report on the replacement when I do. Hopefully this was a one off...but I doubt it.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Practice / Starter Sax

                        By Shawn Coe

                        from Athens, OH

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Play
                        • Rich Sound
                        • Warm Tone

                        Cons

                        • Weak High Register

                        Best Uses

                        • Practice
                        • School Bands
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Allora Student Series Alto Saxophone Model AAAS-301:

                        Bought this horn for a backup to my YAS-62 and was very leery due to the price. I have been very surprised by the playing quality. Much nicer than my old Bundy II which I played growing up with as a youngster. Overall very easy to play, has some issues with the higher register, but easily belts out the low C's and B's. The action on the keys is not near as tight as I'm used to, but it can be forgiven due to the low cost. The build quality is decent, not the best, not the worst. In the end, not on level with a professional level instrument by any means, ( I won't be swapping out my YAS-62 anytime soon) but for practice and to carry to a small gig where it might get roughed up a bit this? Thing is perfect.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        a good sax for a fledgling musician

                        By Jake the chicken man

                        from Norristown,Pa

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Play

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Allora Student Series Alto Saxophone Model AAAS-301:

                            It seems to be a good sax for the beginner. A good product for the price.

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Sax

                            By Hilyana

                            from Toronto, ON

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy To Play
                            • Quality Craftsmanship

                            Cons

                            • Flat Sound

                            Best Uses

                            • Jazz Clubs
                            • School Bands

                            Comments about Allora Student Series Alto Saxophone Model AAAS-301:

                            I have had this saxophone for about 2 years now and it is great! I play in my schools band and wanted to get my own instrument but didnt want to spend alot. I have never had to take it get repaired. It did take some time to get used to playing so i can understand why beginner players have trouble. I use it almost everyday and the case has help up just fine. It is a little cheap on the inside but whatever, it protects my sax.

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